A reader writes…
In a world that has become so incredibly competitive… I know that every single word I say to a potential employer matters. I also know that there’s not a lot of time to make a good impression and “sum up myself” in a way that will be effective and convincing. What’s the secret?
Dear, “Sound Bite,”
It’s true, only the people that have a good handle on who they are, what they can offer, and how they’re unique will win in the game of job hunting. Regardless of the position, you need to know how to “position” yourself clearly and concisely. Easier said than done… but very possible and something we should all practice.
Imagine that you’re in an elevator and from the time the doors close to the moment they open again, you need to be able to pitch yourself to a perfect stranger. It’s called having an “elevator pitch.” People in marketing come up with elevator speeches all the time to sum up a product or service (sort of like a mini commercial). As an individual trying to “market” yourself into the workforce, you, too, need an elevator pitch that you can dish out within a matter of seconds.
I found this great article on Monster.com that addresses this specific issue and includes tips on how to make it happen. I encourage each and every one of you to take a stab at it. http://career-services.monster.com/yahooarticle/prepare-your-elevator-speech#WT.mc_n=yta_fpt_article_elevator_speech
Once you’re done reading the article and coming up with your OWN sound bite to sell yourself, I’d like you to test it on me. Post your elevator speech here, and let’s learn from one another and make comments!
Ready… Set… Go!