As helpful as our resumes are in describing who we are and what we’ve accomplished, the chances of us carrying them everywhere we go—and the chances of strangers actually wanting to read them—are extremely low. That is why you need an elevator pitch, a short and sweet summary of what you do and why you could be an asset to whoever it is you’re speaking with.
Done right, your elevator pitch will take your career to the next level. Imagine walking into a room with the CEO of your dream company, or stumbling upon that client you’ve always dreamed of landing. A memorable 30- to 45-second presentation of your awesomeness will pave the way for new opportunities. Check out this infographic for a step-by-step guide to making the most of these chance encounters, and don’t ever be unprepared again.
Infographic courtesy of Xerox . Photo of shaking hands courtesy of Shutterstock .
TopicsPersonal Branding , Getting Ahead , Infographics , Career Advice , Networking , Communication
A board member of Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs, Kat is either hosting inspiring founders or trekking across cities (Silicon Valley and London, anyone?) to discover the hottest startups. And, when she’s not putting together large-group gatherings for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Kat is planning food excursions to discover the best Taiwanese beef noodle soup in NYC. The only thing she loves almost as much as crafting content as an Editorial Intern at The Muse is studying content as an English Major at Columbia University. Say hi on Twitter @katxmoon.More from this Author