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Elevator Pitch

An Elevator Pitch is…

a short (30 second), well crafted speech telling an employer who you are and why they should want to hire you.

 Examples of an Elevator Pitch 

To be used at a career fair
Hello, my name is Bruce E. Bear. I am a history major scheduled to graduate in May 2021. I am interested in a full-time position or internship that requires marketing, editing, writing, and customer services skills. [Hand the employer your resume].
Could you tell me more about the opportunities that you have available? [Employer will probably talk to you for about 30 seconds. Make sure you maintain good eye contact with him/her. After he/she finishes sharing information and/or asking you additional questions, you will end the conversation with the following question]…
May I have your business card to follow up with you after the fair?
[This entire process should be between 50 to 60 seconds].

To be used in an interview (answering “Tell Me About Yourself”)
Who am I: Hi, my name is Bruce D. Bear. I am a senior at the University of Central Arkansas. I will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing.
Objective: Currently, I am looking for an (entry-level; advanced) position to use my marketing skills. For the past year, I have been working with XYZ Company to market their home improvement products. I secured this position after performing a summer internship with them. The owner was impressed with my interpersonal skills and marketing abilities.
Strengths: My strengths include the ability to listen to the needs of the client and to develop creative solutions to project specifications. A strong career interest of mine is marketing products designed for home and commercial renovation projects.

Check out our Elevator Pitch Playlist. Click the below links to view elevator pitches by majors (students in the videos are past Elevator Pitch Competition winners)!

Accounting & MIS 
Communication
Health Science, Physical Therapy
Public Relations & Political Sciences
Public Relations
Public Relations 2

Why Have an Elevator Pitch?

  • Leads to stronger connections. 
  • It’ll make you stand out. 
  • You describe who you are and what you are looking for.

Remember…

  • Keep it short. The best elevator pitch is within 30 seconds.
  • Be confident! Remember  you are selling a product.. YOU!
  • Ask a question. As you close your elevator pitch, ask an open-ended question that allows the recruiter to answer. This helps to engage the individual.
  • Practice, practice, practice! Take your time to craft your pitch. Practice it aloud and tie yourself. Sign up for our Elevator Pitch Competition!