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Your 30 Second Introduction When Networking

Quick: you have 30 seconds to


introduce yourself!
What can you say in that brief
stretch to be memorable? Keep in
mind youre trying to impress a new
networking contact. Or better more
influence a possibleinterviewer.
Half a minute doesnt give you
much time, does it? So when
networking, you need to make the
most of your networking speech wherever you deliver it.

The Essence of An Elevator Pitch


How to craft the perfect elevator pitch (http://www.monster.com/career-start/a/craftperfect-elevator-pitch?re=swoop). Sheryl Mitchell,co-founder of professional
recruitment and hiring firm All About People, says: "Your 30 second introduction is
meant to capture someones interest. For job seekers there are two commons
situations. One is introducing yourself to new people. The other is selling yourself to
interviewers."
Whether introducing or selling, make your message concise and compelling. Give just
enough background to prompt the listener to ask questions.

For Job Hunters When Networking and Interviewing


Job seekers are constantly introducing themselves. Its an essential part of the
business networking and interview process. Get this task right and you will definitely
stand above the rest.

Resumes

Jobs

Career Resources

Messages

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Regardless if youre meeting someone new or answering the interview question tell me
about yourself (http://career-advice.monster.ca/job-interview/interview-questions/tellme-about-yourself-canada/article.aspx), heres what to cover in your 30 second
introduction:

Who you are your title or professional identifier


Where youve been a very concise career history
What youre best at key competencies you can demonstrate via
accomplishments.
Why youre currently in the market your reason for leaving/looking
What youre looking for and why your search goals and reasons for that path

Example:
Hi, my name is Carole Livamore and I was most recently a production assistant at
Xanif Manufacturing. Before that I worked in quality assurance with Baker Craftwork. I
help manufacturers reduce waste and save costs with better efficiencies. I was
downsized from Xanif a few months ago when it released over 100 people. Now I am
looking for a production supervisor role with company that wants to raise its quality
standards.

Start With a Script


The listener should walk away knowing exactly who you are and what you can do. It
helps to begin with a standardized script, like the example above.
Play with it until you find a few sentences that feel comfortable and natural for you to
deliver. Then consider adding an example that shows the results of your work.
Unless you know who youre talking to, avoid using complex language or industry
jargon. You want to be able to connect with a wide variety of people and have them
understand what youre talking about.

Customize for the audience


Use the right intro for the right situation. At job interviews, for instance, you should
research the employer beforehand. (http://career-advice.monster.ca/jobinterview/interview-preparation/research-before-interview-ca/article.aspx) That way you
can tailor your responses more precisely.
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When asked to tell them about yourself, tie in your previous experience directly to the
position youre being interviewed for and highlight a few relevant skills or an
accomplishment that shows why youre the ideal candidate.

Rehearse (And Repeat)


Once youve drafted a script, read it aloud. To yourself at first, just to experience the
words coming from your lips. Try to recite it out aloud in front of a mirror to perfect your
body language as well.
Now, go get some feedback from people you trust. Adjust the phrasing, length and
tempo till it sounds like you. Introducing yourself should be an authentic act that invites
an authentic response. Its the same if youre networking on campus (http://careeradvice.monster.ca/Job-Hunt-Strategy/professional-networking/networking-while-oncampus-ca/article.aspx) or in large corporations.

Stop Talking
After youve delivered your introduction in real life, what then? Look the other person in
the eye and keep quiet.
Youve already told them enough to pique their curiosity. Its their turn to engage. Theyll
likely ask a question or tell you something about themselves. The point is that youve
started a conversation. Use these additional networking tips (http://careeradvice.monster.ca/Job-Hunt-Strategy/professional-networking/networking-at-eventsca/article.aspx) to keep your discussion going.

The Art of the Brag


We may be called on to talk about our most important product ourselves at a
moment's notice try not to overdo it or embellish your accomplishments; once again, be
yourself and let the conversation flow as natural as possible.
You'll probably hate doing it the first time, the second as well. After a while itll become
so natural, that your 30 second introduction will flow and captivate. Thats how to be
start off memorably at networking events and interviews. Good Luck!

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