Top Ten Tips for the Perfect Elevator Pitch to Get the Job

The “elevator pitch” sounds simple but is something very few people do well. Everyone should have one to reel off in a job interview, a networking event or a social cocktail party. If you’re looking for a new job, one of your first tasks should be crafting an ideal “elevator pitch”. it’s the 30-second speech that summarizes who you are, what you do and why you’d be a perfect candidate. So many hiring managers start the interview by asking ‘tell me about you?’. The WORST thing you can do in this situation is to talk through your whole resume, the BEST thing is to open with your elevator pitch. Remember you are trying to summarize your life’s accomplishments into a 30-second statement that grabs someone’s attention and has piqued their interest enough to want to know more about you.

  1. When you start putting an elevator pitch together, take time describing your relevant previous experience and why you are looking for the job you’re pursuing. Until you can clearly explain the type of position you want, nobody can help you find it or hire you to do it.
  2. Write down everything you’d want a prospective employer to know about your skills, accomplishments and work experiences that are relevant to your target position. Then delete everything that’s not critical to your pitch.
  3. Keep editing until you’ve got the speech down to a few key bullet points or sentences. Your goal is to interest the listener in learning more, not to tell your whole life story.
  4. Make sure your pitch answers the three questions: Who are you? What do you do? What are you looking for?
  5. Tailor the pitch to them, not you. If they hire you, what experience and skills do you have that you can bring to their company and help their business.
  6. Make your pitch simple enough for anyone to understand, avoid using acronyms and tech-speak, you don’t want to make your listener feel stupid or uninformed.
  7. Read your pitch out loud. You need to sound natural and authentic.
  8. Record yourself so you can see and hear how you sound, practice it on a few friends and check they understand your key messages.
  9. Prepare a few variations. You might want to say things slightly differently to an interviewer than to a former colleague.
  10. Every time you deliver you pitch, look the person in the eye, smile and deliver your message with a confident, upbeat delivery.

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