Goingggg UP! Your Elevator Pitch

“So tell me about yourself.” The ice-breaking question asked at the beginning of an interview.  What do you say when you first walk-up to an employer’s table at a Career Fair? Don’t know yet? Let me help. 

An elevator pitch, when you’re speaking with potential employers, is your quick 30-second to 2 minute introduction about yourself, including who you are, what you’re looking-for, and what you can bring to them.  Some items that you can include in this are (in the following order):

  • Name
  • Major
  • Graduation date
  • Extra-curricular organizations
  • Relevant skills and experience for the employer’s open positions
  • Why you’re interested in the company

For example, my own elevator pitch when introducing myself to employers goes a little like this…

“Hi! I’m Rachel Williams.  Marketing major, Spanish minor and graduating in May.  I’m a student in the University Honors Program, currently working on a senior thesis.  I’m also President of the Students in Free Enterprise, or SIFE, student organization.  And I’m really interested in       (company name)          because [state two/three quick reasons why you’d like to work with them]. “

The name “elevator pitch” reflects the idea that it should be possible to deliver a pitch in the time span of an elevator ride, or approximately thirty seconds to two minutes.  Having this prepared when you’re meeting an employer for the first time, or responding to the “Tell me about yourself” question, will give them a good first impression of you – proving your initiative, professionalism, and your strong interest in the employer. 

So, how will you respond next time a potential employer introduces themselves to you? Have your elevator pitch ready, and give it with a smile

For a quick recap, take a look at this video…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1Y02_oZP8U

Keep at it,

Rachel Williams

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