As a student seeking real-world experience, a solid elevator pitch is a must have in your job-search toolkit. The idea is to convey who you are and what you can do for a prospective employer in just a minute or two (or the span of a short elevator ride).
If you haven’t crafted an elevator pitch before, you may be wondering what to include. But internships, student activities, and part-time jobs are all fair game. The key is making it easy for the individual you’re pitching to see how the skills you’ve acquired throughout your academic career relate to the ones you’ll need on the job.
A strong elevator pitch will help you make an impression at networking events, and even get you through the “tell me about yourself” section of an interview. Write out your pitch. Rehearse it until you know it inside out. And be prepared to adapt it on the fly.
The following examples should help you get started, but don’t let them constrain you. You shouldn’t be afraid to get creative and let your personality show through.
Example #1: Political Science Major Seeking a Legal Assistant Position
I’m currently majoring in Political Science, and minoring in Spanish Language, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I will graduate with honors in May.
I am interested in a career in law, which led me to apply for the legal assistant position that you advertised on LinkedIn.
For the past four years, I’ve been an active member of Student Government. This year, I was elected Vice President. My involvement in negotiations with staff and faculty members has helped me to build strong communication and interpersonal skills.
During the past two summer breaks, I interned with a prestigious law firm in Boston, where I assisted attorneys with research and other day-to-day tasks. I had the opportunity to attend hearings and, generally, to develop a better understanding of the legal industry. The environment was fast-paced, and required me to multi-task and deliver projects against strict deadlines.
Example #2: Marketing Major Seeking a Social Media Manager Position
I have a strong passion for marketing.
In a few weeks, I’ll graduate from Rutgers University in New Brunswick with a degree in marketing. But I’ve also done a lot to develop my skills outside of the classroom.
For the last 18 months, I’ve worked part-time with a B2B tech startup in New York City to improve their visibility online. I have built and managed social profiles, researched and wrote content, and even helped to coordinate a series of video interviews with current clients.
During my junior year, I had the opportunity to intern with Sony Music, where I was responsible for providing frequent updates to senior executives about trends in technology, music, and digital marketing. I also helped to create external marketing materials such as newsletters, which went out to thousands of email subscribers.
I’m president of the Marketing and Advertising club, and I’ve helped to bring speakers from several Fortune 500 companies to campus.
I was very impressed to hear about your company’s plans to build launch a low cost subscription service for sports content, and I would be very interested in learning more about the entry level social media manager position you have advertised on your site.
Example #3: Economics Major Seeking a Data Analyst Position
When I was in high school, I came across the book, Freakonomics, which my parents had lying around the house, and read it from cover to cover in about two days. I was fascinated by the way economic principles could be used to explain so many of the things happening in the world, and I immediately knew that I wanted to study economics when I got to college.
In May, I’ll be graduating from Penn State with a degree in economics, with a minor in statistics, and I want to apply my analytical skills to helping companies use data more effectively.
As an intern at the Department of Health, I had the opportunity to assist staff members in collecting and managing research data, build complex models and forecasts, and summarize findings for review by research fellows.
During my studies, I also held a part-time position, working up to 20 hours per week at a local restaurant, while maintaining a 3.8 GPA.
I have worked hard to develop my technical skills, but I am also a strong presenter, and can communicate my findings in a clear and concise way.
I am very interested in the Junior Analyst position advertised on your company’s Careers page, and I would love to learn more about it.