Whether networking or meeting a potential employer for the first time, the ability to quickly introduce yourself is essential. Within 30 to 60 seconds, we suggest preparing a pitch to share purposeful information. Be sure to keep it career-focused and avoid personal information (e.g., where you were born, your social security number, date of birth).
Organize your presentation into focused categories:
- Answer the question, "So tell me about yourself"
- Build rapport by positioning yourself with marketable skills
- Touch on your educational background, strengths, accomplishments and career focus
- Customize what you say for the target audience
If you say nothing else, share these four points:
- Name and educational area or academic discipline
- Highlight relevant skills, experience or interests
- Your current focus or goal (e.g., career exploration, internship, co-op, full-time job)
- Personality traits and characteristics that make you unique
Where a Pitch is Used
You'd be surprised how many situations will require the use of a short, targeted verbal summary of yourself, including:
- Job interviews
- Networking or informational interviews
- Career fairs and information sessions