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Imagine that you are in an elevator with someone in a profession, industry, or company that interests you. You have less than 30 to 60 seconds to share your background and capture that individual's interest. Similar opportunities arise at career fairs, networking events, and employer information sessions.

The elevator speech should address the following: 

Your Personal Brand

  • In one sentence articulate who you are in the context of your present situation.

  • Share one or two relevant skills developed from your experiences and academics.

What Have You Done?

  • Include one or two experiences that are relevant to what you're looking for. Include any work experience first and then other learning such as volunteer experience, leadership in clubs, and athletics.

What Are You Looking For?

  • Be open about what you want: a job, an internship, advice, connections, etc.