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Alison Doyle

Do You Have an Elevator Speech?

By April 10, 2013

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nullAn elevator speech (also called an elevator pitch) is a quick synopsis of your background and everyone who is job searching should have one.   You can use it at job fairs, at networking events, and even online, in your Twitter bio, for example.

Your elevator speech should be brief - no longer than 30 to 60 seconds - the time it takes to ride a elevator, hence the name.

Your elevator pitch should explain who are and what qualifications and skills you have. If you have a business card, offer it at the end of the conversation as a way to continue the dialogue.

If you're not sure what to include in your elevator speech, take a look at elevator speech examples shared by About.com readers and add your own elevator speech to our list.

Related Article: Preparing an Elevator Speech

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April 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm
(1) Tony Morrison says:

Great blog post topic, Alison. Knowing your elevator speech and having it down can help you significantly in your job search. You never know who you may meet. Along with that, what you say in your elevator speech is essentially what you write in your “About Me” section on any profile. They should have the same core message so you and what you represent is always easily identifiable.

April 15, 2013 at 9:16 am
(2) Clarence Pederson says:

Out here in South Dakota I tend to call this personal promotion a “one minute commercial” because there are not that many tall buildings with elevators ….and we have buildings we call elevators but they are “grain elevators”
So an elevator speech to some rural kid, means talking the guy in the next truck while you wait to unload the corn.

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