There is a saying, "It's not what you know, it's who you know", that really captures the career journey. The elevator pitch is something that helps increase the number of people you know and when done right can lead to people feeling invested in your career and success. Read on to learn the tips on how to do it right.
The way to a new job is clear. At least 70% and maybe even as many as 85% of new jobs are secured through networking like networking events, informational interviewing, reconnecting with your current network and even social media networking.
You know what that means, you need a great elevator pitch as anytime you talk to someone new or reconnect with someone you haven’t spoken with in a while you will need to tell them a bit about yourself and what you are looking for. You want to hook someone in, someone who either wants to hire you or feels invested enough in your future to advocate for you within their own network. They won’t feel that way if you don’t create a connection with a good elevator pitch.
Are you in a role and company that you love and think that this doesn’t apply to you? Well I have news for you, it does! I have heard about CEOs who literally get into the elevator every day and ask a different person for their elevator pitch. I know one who points to someone and says “elevator pitch – go!” I know another who is a little more subtle, “so what do you do here?” Think about wowing the head of your company and what sort of opportunities could arise from that, simply from having an elevator pitch.
So what is an elevator pitch exactly? It is a quick, compelling short story about who you are, what you are looking for and how you add value. You are selling yourself as a product right? Think of the pitch as your “commercial” and remember that it allows you to create a lasting impression leading to stronger connections with individuals.
Things to ponder:
Before crafting your pitch there are a few things that I want you to keep in mind about the perfect elevator pitch:
Some Tips for Success:
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Sara Curto, Career Management Specialist. Working with you towards Career and Job Search Success.