Imagine you’re walking into a towering high rise, heading to interview for the job of your dreams. The elevator doors open and suddenly you find yourself standing next to the hiring manager.

You’re asked to give an elevator pitch. You have until the doors open again to say who you are, why you’re here and what makes you a great fit for this job opening.

In reality, an elevator pitch doesn’t actually happen in an elevator, but the idea is the same. You have about 30 seconds to explain how you will impact the future of the company. Here are the most important details need to make sure you hit in your elevator pitch.

  • The Person: The elevator pitch should not be all about the job, but also about the kind of person you will be in that position.
  • The Professional: They’ve read the resume, so don’t need to run through all of your experience. An elevator pitch allows you to emphasize your professional strengths, especially the ones most important to this job.
  • The Long Term: An elevator pitch should explain why you love this line of work and why you are interested in this company. You aren’t just a worker just looking for a paycheck.
  • The Drive: Convey what motivates you both directly and indirectly in an elevator pitch.
  • The Goals: Obviously you need work, but what are your goals, both professionally and personally? Do your goals align with the company goals?
  • The Sell: An elevator pitch is about persuading. Sell yourself to the hiring team. Your pitch should emphasize how you can benefit their organization.

A candidate’s elevator pitch is often more revealing than their resume. Sometimes, it’s even more telling than the entire interview. Even though it lasts less than a minute, an employer can learn a great deal about a your experience, ethics and goals. Since it’s so brief, these characteristics can be easy to miss. If you need help landing the opportunity of your dreams, give the experienced recruiters at TxMQ Staffing a call!

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