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What to Say When Networking

Posted on October 25, 2023 under Networking

Not sure what to say when networking for your job search?

Having an elevator pitch is a great way to get the conversation started.

When you use an elevator pitch effectively, it creates an opportunity to stand out to the people you meet and leave a remarkable impression.

An elevator pitch is a brief, persuasive speech that you use to describe who you are, what you do, and what kind of opportunities you are looking for.

The pitch should be concise, memorable, and tailored to your audience.

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Here are some tips on how to create an effective elevator pitch:

Keep it brief: Your elevator pitch should be no longer than 30-60 seconds.

You want to grab the listener's attention and make a memorable impression.

Explain who you are: Start by introducing yourself and your current position or the job you are seeking. Be clear and specific.

Highlight your strengths: Talk about your unique skills and strengths that set you apart from others in your field. Be concise and use specific examples.

Explain what you're looking for: State what kind of opportunities you're interested in, such as a new job, internship, or project.

Be clear about what you're looking for so that the listener knows how they can help you.

Practice, practice, practice: Practice your pitch until you feel confident and comfortable delivering it.

You want to sound natural and not rehearsed.

Your elevator pitch is a starting point for a conversation.

Use it to introduce yourself and spark interest, but be sure to use it along with other networking strategies.

Like getting contact information, following up, and ensuring to deliver on your promises to your new connection.

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– Kelley Joyce, MBA, CPC

Kelley is a career development coach who is dedicated to helping people discover their career path and land their dream jobs. Kelley has served hundreds of professionals across the U.S., U.K., and Australia since 2012 to radically change their relationship with work.

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