Have a Good Elevator Pitch, It Can Help You Get a JobAugust 24th, 2015 | Interviewing, Job Search | No Comments »
You are looking for a job. Guess what you need to have ready to go? Your pitch…your elevator pitch that is. If you are searching for a new job, you need to know that landing the job you want entails some “self-selling”. You need to be able to prove that you are going to be an asset. In order to “sell yourself”, you need to be prepared. The key step to being prepare to sell yourself and get the job is to have the elevator pitch nailed down. It is essential to have a solid elevator pitch in the back of your mind; this pitch should be basically memorized. This should not be too hard since you know yourself better than anyone else and you know your strengths and weaknesses the best.
So this pitch…what does it need to accomplish? Well it needs to be prepared in your mind so that you have it ready if you find yourself networking at an event, grabbing a drink with someone you met at a work event, or you might need to have it ready for when you find yourself talking to someone in an actual elevator. Conferences and seminars can be great for networking, and the pitch is key in these times. You have an opportunity in these settings to do a quick sell for yourself and you need to know what to say. The elevator pitch is also important for the more formal interviews for jobs, but this is pretty obvious. The interviewer expects you to know yourself and your abilities very well and they expect you to be able to summarize your skills in a quick “pitch”. This pitch should tell the interviewer why you are best person for the job and why you are a fit at their organization. So what makes a good elevator pitch?
- Know what an elevator pitch is and take it for what it is…this should be a short summary. Focus on your key points that your strengths.
- Highlight the value you can bring to the organization. Value is vital. Show that you can add value.
- Include key points from your resume but don’t just reiterate your whole resume. Cut it down to what matters most to getting the job. Think about what the best things are to focus on from your resume and use these in your pitch.
- Sell yourself, but do it efficiently. Make sure you know the timing of the pitch and plan for it to be short.
- Practice your pitch. You know yourself, but make sure you know how to sell yourself in the best way possible.