Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Answering the “Tell Me About Yourself" Question (Creating Your Elevator Pitch)


“Tell me about yourself,” the interviewer says.

“So, what do you do?” asks the person you just met at a networking get-together.


You find yourself on an elevator with a person you’ve wanted to meet. What do you say?

 

Be ready to say something! It’s smart to prepare a brief summary of your background and experience. Often called an “elevator pitch” — because it should be short enough to give during an elevator ride — there are many situations when a short, pre-prepared introduction (no more than 30 seconds) will come in handy.


This type of introduction can be used:

  • When networking
  • In a job search
  • On career documents (in the cover letter, for example)
  • In job interviews
  • When a stranger strikes up a conversation with you in line at the grocery store
  • To request an informational interview

You have probably heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” So how do you provide a brief, concise introduction of yourself? 


I’ve created a simple 5-page guide to give jobseekers five easy formulas to choose from to help them create a succinct, memorable introduction — no matter their profession or the circumstances that they’re using the introduction.

 

An effective introduction should answer four questions:

  • Who are you? (education, work experience, skills, specialization)
  • What do you do?
  • What sets you apart?
  • Where do you want to go from here?

The guide includes five specific formulas to choose from. Jobseekers can pick the one that helps them create the best introduction to describe themselves and for the specific situation they are using it in. It includes lots of specific examples, plus eight tips for creating an effective introduction.

Purchase the guide here.

(Note: Bronze members of BeAResumeWriter.com, this is INCLUDED with your membership until March 31, 2022.)



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