Imagine this: You’re minding your own business in an elevator and the CEO of your ideal company or organization steps in on the next floor. What now? Do you spark a conversation, or do you miss the opportunity to truly sell yourself? With less than 30 seconds to shine, you think back to when you wrote your elevator speech for the career fair. So, you start the conversation feeling confident in yourself and what you have to say and before you know it, the two of you have exchanged information and you’re one step closer to your dream job!
Written by Jessica Zahurak, Peer Career Educator
Okay... so this exact situation probably won’t happen… but you still don’t know who you might run into. You don’t want to miss a chance to network and grow as an individual. There are so many people around you that could offer you great information and opportunities and with your elevator speech you could be ready to sell yourself and stand out at any given moment. It can also show that you are well prepared and qualified in any scenario. So what exactly is an elevator speech?
Your elevator pitch is pretty much a quick snapshot of who you are as a person, what you’re interested in doing and some of the skills that you have acquired. It’s a way to brand yourself and show employers what really makes you different from other candidates. Once you write your elevator speech you’ll always be ready to introduce yourself in a professional and timely manner.
When writing a 30 second elevator speech you need to include the following things:
Your Name: Possibly the most important thing to say to an employer first!
Major and Class Year: Mention your class year and major so that they have a little information on your educational background.
Skills Acquired: Talk a little on the skills you’ve gained from some of the experiences you’ve had. These could be skills learned in (but are not limited to) class, an internship, a job, or maybe learned on your own. Make sure the skills are relevant to the position you’re interested in applying to.
Career Interests: Here you can talk about what fields and jobs you are interested in obtaining. If you are talking to an employer/ network contact in a specific field try and relate your interests back to that field or job opportunity. You never want to say “anything” or it doesn’t really matter” when talking about the kind of job you are seeking. Show them your passion!
Ending Question: Always end with a question to gain more information and keep the conversation going. If you know which company you’re going to be talking to read about them up beforehand and learn more about their overall goal and mission. This way you can write a couple questions down and show the employer that you know about the company and their mission. If you don’t have the opportunity to look them up, ask them about their department or the internship/job you’re applying to.
Test your elevator pitch out on us, next time you stop in to the University Career Center & The President's Promise!