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Can You Sell Yourself in 30 Seconds?

The elevator pitch. You have 30 seconds to effectively “sell yourself” and share all of your strengths and skills in a mini-speech to impress potential employers. Many people dread the elevator pitch simply because they’re unsure of how to approach it and which specific elements to focus on. But following this formula should help you master it and leave potential employers wanting to know more.

Why You’re a Great Hire

Let’s start with the basics. Your primary goal is to let a potential employer know that you would be a great fit for their company. They need to know why you’re special and that you’ll not only meet but exceed their expectations. How do you accomplish this?

There are two elements to focus on – content and delivery. For content, cover your profession, core competency and hard and soft skills. For delivery, you must share information in a smooth and succinct manner.

An Example of Why You Work Hard

Dedication and a strong work ethic are highly desirable traits in an employee. Part of making a positive impression is conveying that you’re a hard worker and have a commitment to excellence. Conduct some brainstorming to create an example of what motivates you to work hard. For instance, you might say that you enjoy the satisfaction that you get from seeing a project completed.

Be Friendly

Likability is huge when selling yourself. If you can win someone over on a personal level, this can be your ticket to a job offer. Here are some ways that you can project friendliness and be more likable:

  • Greet the person with eye contact
  • Smile
  • Be polite and courteous
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Offer a sincere compliment

Ask to Connect at a Later Time

Here’s the thing about an elevator pitch. You don’t want to sabotage a good exchange by immediately asking for a job. This is generally considered bad etiquette and can make you come across as being selfish and self-serving. Instead, you will find more success asking to connect at a later time.

For example, you might want to exchange phone numbers or email addresses with a potential employer. This way you can discuss matters in further detail and learn more about available job openings. Remember, this is just an elevator pitch and not an actual interview.

You never know when you’ll find yourself in a situation to network with a potential employer. By crafting a solid elevator pitch now, you’ll be ready when the moment presents itself and you can capitalize on the opportunity.

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