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Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch

You’ve probably heard of an “elevator pitch.” If you didn’t think that, as a prospective candidate, you needed one for yourself, you should reconsider. In fact, an elevator pitch is important for you to develop because you are selling yourself on your resume, at a networking event, or in an interview.

What is an Elevator Pitch, Exactly?

An elevator pitch is a sales pitch that is about 30 seconds long. It concisely states what you’re selling and why it’s better than an alternative.

Why is it Useful for Job Seekers?

OK, so if you don’t have a product to sell, why do you need an elevator pitch? Essentially, when you’re looking for a job, you are selling yourself. When searching for a job, an elevator pitch can be used at a networking event, to summarize your resume, or in an interview. While it doesn’t need to be a rehearsed 30-second speech, practicing being concise is extremely important when you want to make an impression during your job search.

What Does an Elevator Pitch Need to Include to Be Effective?

Be Concise

An elevator pitch is not the time to dive into your work history. Instead, communicate your strengths and how you can make a difference in your industry. Understanding your strengths is a good place to begin when crafting your elevator pitch. 

Include Your Specialty

When you consider your strengths, be sure to consider what your specialty is that sets you apart from other job seekers in your field. 

Be Confident

Without coming across as rehearsed or arrogant, it’s important to be confident and genuine. To truly sell why you are the right hire for the job, you have to exude confidence in your strengths and your potential to turn that into positive change for the company.

Practice Your Pitch

Just like preparing for a job interview, it’s a good idea to practice your elevator pitch. Practicing it will help you find the best words to use, the right facial expressions to include, and the right timing for the greatest impact. You can practice it alone, with a mentor, or with a friend for feedback. Don’t worry, practicing your pitch won’t make it sound rehearsed, but it will help you include all the right things.

Be Conversational

Even though you’re going to practice your elevator pitch, you also want to be conversational and natural with the people you’re talking to. It can be a great way to segway into a much deeper conversation that can highlight your skills, experience, qualifications, or passions.

Find a Job That’s Right for You

If you need professional help finding a job to fit your skills or goals, contact Axiom Staffing Group.

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