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Create Your Elevator Speech

You are in an elevator with a potential employer. You have one minute to talk about yourself. Do you know what to say?

An elevator speech is a clear explanation of what you want. It is told in a short amount of time — about the time you spend in an elevator with another person. It is a good way to communicate what you want to someone in a position to help you.

An elevator speech goes something like this:

"Hi. My name is ____________. I'm good at ___________________. I really like __________________. I'm looking for _________________ in ____________."

You want the employer to know your job target and why you're a good fit. Practice your speech with people who can give you feedback. Do they understand what kind of job you're looking for? Do they understand why you'd be good at it?

Do not include information about your criminal background in your elevator speech. Focus on your skills and how you want to use them. Your record will be addressed during other job search steps.

You can also use your elevator speech with your network contacts. When you use your elevator speech, don't be afraid to ask for help. For example, you can end your speech with one of these questions. Or ask a question in conversation.

  • Do you have any advice for me?
  • Do know anything about this company?
  • Do you know anyone who knows about ______________?
  • Can I use your name to contact them?

Sample Elevator Speeches

"My name is Jane Doe. I have two years of experience as an office assistant. I also took classes in project management at Whatever College. I have worked in customer service most of my life. I'm looking for an administrative support position. I'd really like to work for a medical company. Do you know of any jobs in that area?"

"I'm John Doe and I'd love to be your caterer for your next event. I have worked as a chef for six years. I'm starting my own catering company. I want to make good food for memorable events."

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