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7 Tips on How to Create Your 30-Second Elevator Pitch

 

elevator pitchIf you have a career of any kind, you need an elevator pitch (some call it an elevator speech or a value proposition).

An elevator pitch is a roughly 30-second sound bite – a response to the question, “Tell me about yourself” or “What do you do?”

Has anyone ever actually used the elevator pitch in an elevator?

While I doubt you will actually use it in an elevator, you will most definitely use it at BBQ’s, conferences, job fairs, networking events, during phone screenings, on airline flights, at cocktail parties, in education/training seminars and community gatherings – just to name a few places.

The possibilities of where you can use an elevator pitch to describe what you do are endless.

Maybe we should rename the elevator pitch to the BBQ Boast? The Conference Quote or the Party Pitch? Or the Seminar Spiel?

Regardless of the name or the place, it behooves you to be ready.

Making the connection and telling someone about yourself can lead to your next job, your next sale, your next client, your next growth opportunity, your next volunteer gig or your next chance to help someone else.

So let’s be ready.

Here are the short cuts to creating your 30-second elevator pitch:Continue Reading…

Do You Manage Your Career as Well as Your To-Do List?

 

manage careerWe all have a to-do list.

To-do lists take all kinds of forms: written lists in notebooks, notepads, organizers, napkins, task functions on phones, Evernote, etc…

You name it and you can probably put a to do list item on it, right?

Me? I have a short term to do list I keep on post-its, these being the items I need to get done that day. I also have a running to-do list with long term items that can be done as time allows.

I am going to bet you probably have something similar in your life to keep your world turning.Continue Reading…

Are You Tracking the Most Important Activity of Your Job Search?

Job Search Activity Tracking

 

With all the job search activities a job seeker has to do in this employment marketplace to conduct a successful job search, it can easily become overwhelming.

Submitting resumes to job postings, going to networking events, reaching out to your contacts and introducing yourself to new people at target companies—and we have not even included social media interactions, interview preparation and many other actions. It’s enough to make your head spin, if you let it.

Through my years of recruiting and job search consulting, I have boiled all of the activity down to one real job search activity metric that needs to be tracked. Tracking this metric each week provide a litmus test for you to determine if all of your social media interactions, in-person venues, online research time and phone activity is purposefully focused or just plain busy work. You ask, “What is this one metric, Lisa?”Continue Reading…

12 Places Corporate Recruiters Look For Their Next Hire–Are You There?


I did an informal survey of approximately 20 corporate recruiters asking which sources they use to find qualified candidates. Although an unscientific poll, the results were still reflective of the shift occurring in the job search landscape. For each source on this list, ask yourself:Continue Reading…