What you say matters in your Job Search. Update and enhance your image overnight.

What is the purpose for having a tight and short introduction of yourself? In your job search you need prepared and practiced ways of sharing about yourself and systems in place for ease in replying to people. By being precise in what you are offering and what you are looking for you are more likely to meet with success.

A 30 second introduction, or elevator pitch or a conversational starter is composed of various parts which when blended together assist your job search. While in action about your job search it’s important to explore how you develop and share your reputation. You have a very short amount of time to build connection, be remembered and offer value to another.

These are the basic pieces for your 30 Second introduction. The foundation and characteristic of your statement need to contain these key points:

1. Brief and to the point statement about you as a professional. (an intriguing fact, questions, brief anecdote, story or testimonial)
2. Focus on the major problem or issue that you help solve. Put your attention on the pain that your potential employer or client is already currently experiencing and talking about. Be clear about how you solve or accomplishment something and link this to how you manage your career.
3. Use simple and powerful words that they understand and that a 15 year old could understand and repeat to someone else.
4. As possible paint vivid powerful images of what you can do for this problem using adjectives and descriptive words. We are a visual society, so speak in a way in which people can see you doing what you say.
5. Do your best to approach the introduction from a place of building connection and rapport and stay away from the brain, or over thinking.
6. When possible show the negative results of not hiring you or the money or time they would waste. Again, people hire individuals who have an expertise and can jump in and solve a specific problem. They don’t need rhetoric or theory but action instead.
7. Know that this is a specific skill that you get better at by practice and my continually managing and directing your job search.

These simple steps will transform how you prepare and write your 30 second introductions. In our next blog we will dive into the application and leveraging of your introduction. Practice this week on how you introduce yourself. Are you getting the results for your job search? An excellent use of your time is to review what your intentions are for each interaction and evaluate afterwards how you connected. Are the results you are making in your job search commensurate with your effort? If not, it may be the time to review and upgrade your introduction.