Craft Your Elevator Pitch in 5 Easy Steps!

November 5, 2018 | By More

When beginning your job search, your first step should always be crafting your elevator pitch.

Whats Your Elevator Speech

Be prepared with a well-prepared elevator speech.

What Exactly is an Elevator Pitch?

An elevator pitch is a 30-second speech you always have at-the-ready to sell yourself to potential customers or future employers. The speech is always short and to the point – should you ever find yourself standing across from the right person at the right time, you may only have a few moments to sell yourself (especially between floors on an elevator!)

Your pitch should quickly summarize who you are, what you do and what makes you a unique and ideal candidate.

This may sound like a daunting task, so here are some simple ideas to help craft the perfect elevator pitch!

1) Determine a Goal

When crafting your pitch, its important to identify the position you want. Understanding this will ultimately help you shape your pitch.

2) Map Out Your Experience

Audit your skills, accomplishments and experience. Only keep what compliments your target job position, and remove anything that doesn’t. Keep it limited to only a few key bullet points – you don’t have a lot of time!

3) Answer Three Questions

Format your speech to answer the following questions: Who are you? What do you do? Why should I hire you? Once you answer these questions, fill the rest of the time (about 15 seconds) with your qualifications and experience.

4) Tailor Your Pitch to Them

Much like your resume, its important to tailor your speech to their needs. Anyone listening will always be wondering: “Whats in it for me?” Give them an answer!

5) Practice Makes Perfect

Rehearse your speech over and over again until you can confidently hit each point in under 30 seconds. Prepare a few variations to suit different scenarios.

Now What?

You should always be able to reel off your elevator pitch at any time, from a job interview to a cocktail party conversation with a connected acquaintance. You never know when opportunity will strike.

For more ideas, check out these sample elevator speeches.

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