Another Aspect of Job Searching: Do You have an Elevator Pitch?

Get Hired Fast - job searchingIf you had only 30 seconds to sell yourself to a potential employer, could you do it? Well, you should be able to because you may find yourself face-to-face with the hiring manager of a company that you are interested in. If you can’t convince him or her of your worth in 30 seconds, all of your job searching may be in vain. You need a great elevator speech.

Think about what You Want

What type of job are you looking for? You have to be able to state clearly and concisely the job you want. Understanding why you want this job is equally as important. You need to be able to relate your reasons for wanting this position – and they must be compelling. “I like the field” or “It looks like fun” are not appropriate responses.

Be Honest

You can’t lie or exaggerate in your elevator speech; as with job applications or interviews, untruths tend to come to light. Emphasize your good points but don’t go overboard. Humility can enhance your appeal to the hiring manager.

Write it Down

Your elevator speech should tell who you are, what you do, and what you are looking for. Write down all of the points you want to make to the employer – this includes your skills, accomplishments, and experiences. Then you should start marking through or eliminating everything that is not vital to your speech. You don’t want to tell your entire story because you want to give just enough to get them interested. This step requires a lot of self-editing which can be hard.

Keep it Short

Since you are going to give this speech on the fly, you have to remember that you will not have a lot of time to make the sale. You also don’t want to drone on while losing the person’s interest. Short and sweet is your ideal.

Practice Your Pitch

How useful is your pitch if you are not prepared to give it when the opportunity arises? You need to practice it over and over and over again so that you remember your points and that you can deliver it smoothly. You may also look calmer if you have rehearsed your pitch before.

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