Going Up? Bring Your Perfect Elevator Pitch
Posted by The Editors on May 6, 2011
Imagine that you just got on an elevator with the president of your dream company. She hits the button for floor 20. You have her undivided attention for the next 30 seconds. But instead of impressing her with your wit and unwavering determination, you blurt out something about your university, complain about the humidity, and make reference of your vague desire to work for her company.
Opportunity officially blown.
Don’t let this happen. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to formulate and hone an elevator pitch. A good pitch should be a clear, succinct, and convincing testament of how your experience, accomplishments, and skills make you an invaluable asset.
The elevator pitch also serves as essential personal branding tool at networking events or cocktail parties. We recommend actually writing out your pitch—who are you, what have you done, and why does that make you the best person for the job?—then practicing in front of a mirror or friend. With practice, you should be able to deliver your spiel with such confidence that they’d feel a’fool not to hire you. With any luck they’ll put you on the payroll faster than you can say, “Zach Galifianakis.”