How To Create an Elevator Pitch That Will Sky Rocket Your Career Opportunities

Fareeha Arshad

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The term ‘elevator pitch’ means a short pitch — short enough for you to be able to convey your message during an elevator ride. It should inform the person in front of you about your work and your motivations. This is important to forge new relations, connect to more people, and create an impact.

I M P O R T A N C E

Imagine you are in a random lift at a random place. Suddenly the CEO of the company you want to work for or already working for walks in. You now face two options: either you stand there like goldfish unable to utter a single word, or you deliver the elevator pitch you had prepared all those weeks ago just for this moment.

G O A L

The goal of an elevator pitch is to explain about you — who you are, what you do, and why should the other person show any interest in you. A good elevator pitch is the one where you share enough about yourself, without coming out as an arrogant or a boastful person. More importantly, it should memorable enough for the person to remember some parts of the pitch, if not the entire short meeting during their elevator ride.

E X A M P L E S

For instance, if you come across your boss’s boss you could say something like:

Hi! My name is (your name), and I’m a (your designation) at (company’s name). I manage all of our hiring efforts for our marketing department. I’ve interviewed hundreds of candidates, and I help train our interviewers on how to find the best talent in the industry (mention your roles/responsibilities for the company).

If you come face-to-face to a prospective employer, you must be able to deliver who you are, what are you currently doing, and what do you are in your further plans for your career. Like for instance,

Hi! My name is (your name), and I have been working as (your designation) at (company’s name) for (time period you have worked for). During these years, I have learned a lot about (what you have learned) and I am looking to switch to (what you want to do now), where I can focus on (your thrust area).

Else if you have just graduated from college and are looking for work to sharpen your skills, you could say something like,

Hi! I am (your name), and I have graduated from (your college’s name), majored in (your subject/field). I enjoy being to help people and solve problems, so I’m looking forward to putting my (your speciality) skills into practice by working as a (the position you want to apply for).

Q U I C K — T A K E A W A Y S

An elevator pitch is always simple, informative, and concise.

All you will have to focus on is to be original and friendly while delivering your elevator pitch. Make sure you connect with the person you are talking to. Make them feel involved and not uncomfortable. And please do not brag.

It’s just two minutes which could probably change your life, so make the most of it.

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