Mastering the Elevator Pitch

We have all heard the term before, “Elevator Pitch.” But what is it really? How do you become a master of the Elevator Pitch? Put simply the Elevator Pitch is an imagined scenario where you walk into an elevator and BAM; there stands a dream employer, your interviewer, whoever is important to you in your professional career.

The Elevator Pitch is a brief introduction to who you are and what you want. This pitch should be as short as an elevator ride but enticing enough to land you an interview. The Elevator Pitch does not leave much room for fumbling your words or thinking about what you want to say. To help master the Elevator Pitch here are a few important tips.

Change your speech with your target audience. You don’t want someone to walk away from you thinking, “Why should I care about this person.” You want them to understand you and how you can positively affect their professional life.

When you are figuring out what you want to say remember what is important. The main three points you want to answer are: Who are you? What do you do? What are you looking for? You don’t want to explain why you chose that career or anything nonessential.

You want to make sure, above all else, that you answer those three questions concisely and effectively. To help you, start writing your speech down. It will help you to figure out what you want to say. Writing down your Elevator Pitch will also help you remember the bullet points of what it is that you want to say.

The Elevator Pitch can be a great tool for anyone who is looking to get out in the job market. It can also be used to answer the dreaded “Tell me about yourself” interview question. If the Elevator Pitch works for you and you end up with a job interview be sure to let the Holyoke Career Closet know!



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