Why You Need an Elevator Pitch for Your Job Search

Do you need an elevator pitch as a job seeker? What is one anyway? In short, an elevator pitch is a quick 30-second summary of who you are and what you do. Imagine you’re on an elevator with a potential employer. What would you tell them in the first 30 seconds so they’ll be interested in learning more about you and your background? It’s helpful to have this info available so you can include it in cover letters, emails, and online applications as well as networking events. Let’s take a closer look.

Who Are You?

Step one: you need to define for the listener who you are. This isn’t just about stating your name and moving on to the rest of the speech, it’s about establishing a connection. For example, you could say, “Hi, I’m Jane Doe, and I’m an executive assistant with 12 years’ experience.” Right away, this tells them who you are and why they might want to listen to you.

What Do You Do?

Next, you need to tell them what you do. Using the example from above, if you’re an executive assistant, what does that mean? This is where you demonstrate, in short-story form, what makes you the best executive assistant. “I spent the last five years working with the CEO of ABC Company, where we finalized the purchase of XYZ company through a variety of trans-Atlantic meetings I was able to set up.”

Who Is Your Target Audience?

Next, you want to know who your target audience is. Sure, you can be the best executive assistant, but if you’re talking to a team of accountants, that might not make as much of an impression on them. In your elevator pitch, you need to know who you’re talking with as well as how to re-frame your experience to match what they want to hear.

What Makes You Stand Out?

Now, there will be a lot of other executive assistants applying for the same role, so you only have a few moments to share why you’re the right person to talk to about this specific job. What makes you different than your competition. For example, “I also run a blog about the automotive industry so I’ve made a variety of connections in Texas and around the country.”

What Do You Want to Accomplish?

Lastly, you need to close the deal by letting the listener know exactly what you want. If you’re applying for a specific job, don’t be afraid to make a bold statement. “I would love to work for your organization because global expansion and work within the auto industry are directly in line with my experience. My work supporting executives through business acquisitions, and my connections make me a unique fit for your opportunity.”

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