Elevator Pitch

If you’re looking for a job, one of the first things you should do is create an "elevator pitch." This is a 30-60 second speech that summarizes who you are, what you do and what you are looking for.

This pitch can be used in multiple situations, like a job interview, networking event or even a casual conversation with someone who might be able to help you land a position.

Your elevator pitch should contain these elements:

1) Indicate who you are and what you do.
Identify yourself as a student or recent graduate from Lawrence University and identify the industry in which you want to work.

2) Provide a brief work and/or education history.
State what you studied at Lawrence.  Briefly summarize what parts of your Lawrence experience helps qualify you for the job or field you are seeking.  This could include some of the courses you have taken, research you have completed or internships that you had.  Only mention activities or classes that are directly relevant to the job or field you are interested in.

3) Describe an academic achievement you are proud of or mention something you have done that has brought value to a past employer.
This accomplishment should be measurable (which may mean using numbers).  A major class product, a high GPA or how you contributed to a recently completed internship would be appropriate.

4) Describe what you are looking for in your next position.
This means duties, level, responsibilities and the type of company you wish to work for. If interviewing for a specific job, your description of these items should closely match what the employer has indicated they want in the job posting.

Below is an example of an elevator pitch:

My name is Sue.  I’m a senior and Government major at Lawrence University with a minor in Environmental Studies.  I have a 3.8 GPA and have been involved with a number of campus organizations including Model U.N. and Greenfire, an organization that works to educate the Lawrence University community about a variety of environmental issues.  My passion is public health.  This summer, I was selected for a highly competitive internship at Wake Forest University where I worked on a community-supported agriculture program for low-income families, about half of whom were Spanish-speaking. During this internship, I gathered data on the occupational health of Latino farm workers, including youth workers, and also studied the social and political factors that affect the health of low-income and immigrant families. I believe good health is a right, not just for those who can afford it or are educated enough to make healthy choices. After graduation, I want to go into public policy work with the federal government or possibly a non-profit with a focus on public health.

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