|The Elevator Pitch for the Job Seeker|
|Employment and Career|
Many think that an elevator pitch is exclusively for business people, but the truth is that it is a tool that individuals should also use when presented an opportunity to tell their ‘story,’ and when used properly, it can enhance a person’s ability to connect and convey a powerful message in a short period of time. An elevator pitch is a clear and concise message about who you are, what your skill set is and an opportunity to convey the benefit you bring to an organization. The three key elements to an elevator pitch are time, message and conclusion.
The first important component of an elevator pitch is time. The reason for this is that in many cases, such as an elevator ride or a job fair, a person has a very limited and finite amount of time. As a result, remember the following:
The second important element of an elevator pitch is the message. This is the opportunity to share who you are and what you are seeking. An effective message is comprised of the following:
The final section of an elevator pitch is the conclusion and the key factors to successfully closing a brief communication include:
These are some of the important tips in developing and delivering an effective elevator pitch. Combined, an example might go something like this:
“Hello, I am Jane Doe,
I am currently in transition, looking for a brand manager position with a company with an established marketing program. Although I prefer to remain in San Diego, relocating is an option. Previously, I was brand manager at ABC Technologies and Director of Customer Service at XYZ Corporation, where I used my marketing and sales skills to establish new clients and implement client loyalty programs. It is a pleasure meeting you and thank you in advance with my search.
Again, my name is Jane Doe.”
This example is concise and to the point. It starts out with a name introduction and transition reference, and immediately into the message – what this person is looking for, the skill set that might benefit an employer and examples of how she impacted her former employers. Finally, the pitch wraps it up with a positive ‘thank you’ and with her name repeated – all in less than 30 seconds.
Go ahead and put your elevator pitch together and practice, practice, practice! Before you know it, this will be one of your first successful steps going forward. For more information on this topic, check out: