Monday, July 13, 2009

15-Second Elevator Pitch Wizard

Do you need help developing your 15-second elevator pitch? I'm referring to a short spiel you give about yourself when you meet someone at a networking event or in response to anyone anywhere who asks the question, "What do you do?".

My colleague, Maureen Nelson, introduced me to Pitch Wizard, a free, easy-to-use tool for writing your 15-second pitch. Pitch Wizard leads you through four steps, which concludes with a 500-character paragraph about who you are, what you want, and why you should have it.

Here's my pitch, edited slightly after it came out of the Pitch Wizard:
My name is Susan Ireland. I am the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume, and creator of job search tools such as Ready-Made Resumes software and Ready-Made Job Search Workshops. I license my products to military, college, and government-funded career centers to help job seekers of all occupations and levels of employment. If your organization needs some great job search tools, please contact me, Susan Ireland, joblounge@aol.com.

I think every job seeker should create his or her 15-second pitch. In addition to using it for in-person networking, it can also be helpful as a springboard for writing:
The summary section of your resume
Cover letters
Social media profiles
Email introductions

After I had my 500-character pitch in hand, I edited it further to accommodate Twitter. Tweets are limited to 140 characters, however it's better if a tweet is around 120 if you want it to be retweeted. Here's my Twitter pitch:
@SusanIreland: Author, Complete Idiot's Guide to Perfect Resume + Ready-Made Resumes software. Need great job search tools? Contact me!

Let's compile a host of 15-second pitches right here in the Job Lounge. Use the Pitch Wizard, then copy and paste your pitch into the comment section of this post. Be sure to include your email address if you want someone to contact you about a job opportunity.

26 comments:

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Robert Goldasich said...

Susan, great post!

This is the first that I've heard of the Pitch Wizard. I gave it a go and here's what it came out with for me:

My name is Bob Goldasich and I am a Training Professional specializing in increasing bottom line profitability through learning strategies. I develop and deliver training programs. I can take the most technical of subjects, break it down into easily digestible components, and assemble it conceptually to others in a way they can easily absorb. Now is the time to bring training that impacts both your employees and your bottom line into your organization! Contact me at bobgoldasich@yahoo.com.

toni littlestone said...

My name is Toni Littlestone of WorkVision (workvision@aol.com) and I am a career counselor and coach specializing in transition, on the job challenges, and finding a path with heart.. I work with career seekers, job dynamics, inner barriers to career happiness, life balance, interviewing from the heart, holistic management, and job search strategies. I partner with my clients to find a path with heart, plus creatively working with clients to build happiness and success on the job. Come work together to create a path with heart!

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My name is Brenda Bernstein and I am the founder and owner of The Essay Expert LLC. We are a writing and editing services company specializing in resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and business writing. Our mission is to assist individuals and companies express themselves powerfully through words and image. Our team members are Ivy-educated and experts in their field. Contact us at BrendaB@TheEssayExpert.com or call 608-467-0067. With our help, your writing will get results.

hmundell said...

I'm Heather Mundell, and I help professionals make career decisions that fit who they are and what they want. I blend expertise in HR, career and life coaching, and effective decision-making strategies to help my clients move from feeling stuck and unsure to creating a plan of action they feel confident about. Visit me online at my website, dreambigcoaching.com, and my blog, life@work, at dbcs.typepad.com

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My name is Ronnie Ann and I'm an independent consultant specializing in business process improvement and workplace (or private) coaching. Mainly I help find ways to solve organizational problems - whenever possible before they happen. And also whenever possible, I take on private coaching for talented people going through a period of change or who just need a second set of eyes and ears. Feel free to contact me even if you're not quite sure how I can help. I can even help with that!

(Hey...this was fun Susan! Great tool. Thanks.)

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Anonymous said...

I thought it is suppose to be only one or two sentences?