An elevator pitch or elevator speech is a short summary used to quickly and simply describe one’s self.
The name "elevator pitch" reflects the idea that it should
be possible to deliver the summary in the time span of an elevator ride, or approximately
thirty seconds to sixty seconds.
You need to craft an elevator pitch that is so compelling that employers can’t pass up the chance to interview you. This 60-second summary will define your interests and experiences to the employer and highlight what makes you unique to your competitors.
Your pitch should include the following:
- Introduction: Greet the employer with a smile and firm handshake. Introduce yourself and offer a copy of your resume.
- Objective: Tell the employer what type of employment you seek (e.g. internship, co-op, full-time).
- Summary: Briefly state education, experiences, strengths, and specific interests in the company.
- Closing: Express your interest in continuing the conversation. End with a question: What are the next steps to obtaining an interview? Would you like me to follow-up with an email or phone call?