Think of your elevator pitch as your 30-second commercial. This is your opportunity to make a positive first impression. An elevator pitch should briefly introduce who you are, your strongest qualities, and your interests.
Keep it short, but powerful - practice it! A strong elevator pitch should include:
- Relevant academic information (major/program, college/university, year of graduation or class year, etc.)
- Previous experience (internships, part-time/seasonal work, clubs, activities, on-campus jobs, etc.)
- Skills you could bring to the job/internship
- Strengths you possess that you would like to use in the job/internship
EXAMPLE (you should make this your own):
Hello, my name is [first and last name] and I am currently a [class year] working towards a [degree] in [major/minor] from Loyola. I have been involved on campus in [job/activities] where I [skills used/accomplishments]. I am interested in utilizing my strengths in ___________ within the ___________ industry. I would like to learn more about [position employer is recruiting for] and would welcome any suggestions on where you think my skills might be best utilized.
(provided with permission from PwC)
- Brief: Keep it to 30 seconds or less.
- Easy to understand: Avoid jargon.
- Compelling: Show your passion.
- Relevant: Make it appropriate for the event, the audience and your goals.
- Differentiated: Share what’s unique about you.
- Authentic: Communicate the essence of who you are and provide a window into your values (what’s important to you/what motivates you), your passions (what excites you) and your purpose (your goals for the future).
Watch this elevator pitch video created by PwC.