Job Search Elevator Speech
November 6, 2019
Patra Frame for ClearedJobs.net. And we’re talking about crafting your mini-bio, your elevator speech. Whatever you want to call it, you need a brief way to introduce yourself. You need to be able to introduce yourself in the context of your job search certainly but also at professional events and other places where you will meet people. So, you’re going to craft an elevator speech that allows you to do something effective
for your job search and with some small changes, allows you to use it effectively for a wide range of other times when you meet new people. What’s an elevator speech? Well, it comes of course from the day’s of the dot com boom and the concept that in 30 seconds on an elevator you could be so pervasive that somebody would give you money to fund your dream. That’s probably not what you’re going to do. Most of us in 30 seconds are not going to get a new job but that doesn’t mean you don’t need an effective elevator speech and an effective elevator speech is a mini advertisement for you. It’s 30 to 45 seconds. I know that sounds like nothing. It’s three or four sentences . And it’s three or four sentences that capture what makes you, you and for job searches what makes you, you in a work sense. So, you’re going to want to talk about what skills, knowledge, background you bring expertise, what makes you unique, what value you offer to a potential employer and you’re going to talk about the kinds of work you’re hoping to do in a fairly general sense, not generally in a specific job title. When you’re doing this, you want to remember it is clearly something that presents you affectively and at your best but without all the buzzwords and jargon. When I talk to people about what I do, I talk about helping individuals and organizations thrive through more effective management of their people I don’t talk about talent management and HIPPA and Cobra and all those other kinds of things because those don’t mean a lot to most people. You need to do the same thing. You need to be clear. You need to be concise. Most of all, you need to be not only interesting but interested in the person you’re
talking to. You need to talk to that person.You need to ask them what interests them at the moment, what are they working on that’s neat and cool and that they love doing, and you need to use your elevator speech to build a larger conversation. In the job search mode, it can lead to an interview. It can be the opening part of an interview when they ask you to tell me about yourself. But clearly, it is tailored to the need. You might have a master with several variants. You tailor to the need. You capture what you bring to the table that makes you of value and you interest the person you’re talking to so that they ask questions and you develop a conversation. It’s not difficult. It does need attention. It does need practice.