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What's an elevator pitch? Should I have one?

The Hiring Process Interviewing Strategies Ask the Employer

"I'm looking for a job. I've heard that I should have an elevator pitch. Why should I have one and what should it include?"

From Amanda Haddaway, Director, Human Resources and Marketing, Folcomer Equipment Group:

An elevator pitch is your bio condensed into a few sentences, or when spoken around 30-seconds of content. It's called an elevator pitch because it's
roughly the time that you would have to make someone's acquaintance while riding an elevator. Practice your pitch at home in solitude so that when
someone asks, "So, what do you do?" you have a clear, concise response that leaves your conversation partner wanting to know more. In order to
brainstorm your own pitch, think about the summary that you've included at the top of your resume. Also think about your greatest professional
accomplishments and the products and services that you provide to clients/customers. It may take a few revisions to get the perfect pitch, so
practice saying the words out loud until you can commit them to memory. Next time someone asks, "So, what do you do?", you'll be prepared to WOW them.

From Lisa Morrissey, HR Manager, Common Market:

An elevator pitch is a short 20-30 second profound, clear and concise statement that meets an objective when interviewing. I think a
compelling elevator speech should be used when talking about yourself or what you can contribute to the organization. For example:

Question: Tell me a little bit about yourself?

Elevator pitch: Well, I am a hardworking, mindful individual whose mission in life is to build bridges in every aspect of my career so that those
during and after me can see the stability and structure and be inspired to do the same.

Question: Why should we hire you?

Elevator pitch: I practice the art of leadership in everything that I do so that I am an inspiration to others and I believe in demonstrating a high
level of integrity and always doing what's right.