Career Fair Preparation: The Elevator Pitch

The career fair is coming up soon and you might be a little nervous, especially about finding ways to quickly show employers and recruiters how valuable you will be to their company. Never fear! All you need is a concise and well-developed elevator pitch.

What if you get into an elevator one day and the CEO of your dream company is a fellow passenger? You might be nervous, unprepared, and maybe even have coffee breath. One thing you definitely have is a few minutes of their time, which is just enough time to make a great first impression.

In this scenario, as well as at a career fair, first impressions are everything. So here are a few tips for executing the perfect pitch.

  1. Dress neatly and appropriately: Your clothes should not distract or subtract from your pitch.
  2. Firm Handshake
  3. Eye Contact
  4. Be friendly! : Don’t be too serious even if you are nervous!

Creating your pitch!

  1. Start by including your name, major, and year and shaking the recruiter’s hand
    1. “Hello, my name is Johnathan Husky, I am a Junior at The University of Connecticut working towards a degree in _____.”
  2. Explain what position you are looking for
    1. I hope to become a ______ intern for your company”; “I hope to have a position in your internship program for ____.”
  3. Explain why you would be an asset to their company or program by highlighting your values and how they correlate to those of the company
    1. Not only can I bring ,________, and _________ in order to _________ , but I also feel my personal principles complement your company’s  _________.”
    2. *It is important to research specific companies so you can tailor your elevator pitch*
    3. I like to write out a list of my values before researching different companies to see where I might best fit
    4. I also like to write a list of things that I can bring to a specific company before creating a pitch
  4. Offer your résumé or business card
  5. Shake their hand and thank them for their time and consideration

You have total creative control over your elevator pitch; there is no specific template or set of rules. The main idea is to show the employer that you are interested in their company, but more importantly, why they should be interested in you. Make sure to include your name, year, and major, and reasons why you would be a good fit for the position. Good luck at the career fair everyone!

-Isabel Blank