If you are looking for a new job, you need to sell yourself. In addition to having a stellar resume, you should be prepared to talk to people in interviews or casual conversations about your accomplishments, skills, and what you bring to the table. You can be ready to do that by crafting an elevator pitch.
Remember what an elevator pitch is supposed to be. It should be a brief (15- to 30-second) summary of who you are as an employee and what you have to offer to the company. Don’t try to talk about every job you have ever had. You can elaborate in your resume and in subsequent conversations. An elevator pitch should serve to get an employer interested and wanting to learn more about you. Focus on your major accomplishments and an overview of your career.
Always focus on what you can contribute to the company in the position for which you are applying. Explain what skills you have that are relevant to the position, not every single thing you are capable of doing. Identify a problem the employer has and explain how you can offer a solution.
Write out your elevator pitch so you can get it right and practice. Start by writing a page highlighting your experience and achievements. Cut it down to half a page, then a quarter, and finally just a paragraph with a few sentences.
Practice delivering your elevator pitch. Memorize how you want to word it and practice your tone of voice and rate of speaking. Ask a friend or family member to listen and critique your performance. You should practice until you can give your elevator pitch with confidence. Then you will be prepared when someone asks you to talk about yourself in an interview.