How do you want to be perceived and remembered? If you want to make a good first impression, it’s important to pay attention to the message you are sending as you introduce yourself. An elevator speech is a brief introduction including: core skills, interest areas, and goals.
Get started on crafting your Elevator Speech
- I am… (Introduction of name, career field, major, school etc.)
- I have experience/ skills in … (Brief description of your experiences, skills, and/ or studies.)
- I am interested in/ would like to… (Your career interests, aspirations, goals.)
Example: Hello, My name is Brenda. I am a senior studying Social Work at UVM and have a strong interest in advocacy and social justice. I have experience as a peer mentor and RA and have developed skills in conflict resolution and group facilitation. I’m interested in working with adolescents.
Show your organizational knowledge (at career fairs and networking events)
- I’ve learned that your organization…. (Demonstration of your research about their organization.)
Example: I understand that your organization works with homeless and runaway youth in the Burlington area. I would like to learn more about your summer opportunities.
- Be prepared to talk about yourself anytime, anywhere. You never know who’s listening!
- Prepare different versions of your elevator speech for various situations.
- Make your speech sincere and provide a glimpse into your personality.
- Speak confidently and enthusiastically.
- Maintain eye contact with the listener.
- Use more words than necessary.
- Use jargon, abbreviations, or acronyms.
- Rush breathlessly through the speech or sound overly rehearsed.
Uses for an Elevator Speech
- Any time you want to present yourself professionally
- Career fairs
- Networking events and receptions
- Interview introductions
- Exchanging business cards
- Voicemail messages
Last modified July 17 2018 10:10 AM