What do you say when you meet someone for the first time?
Whether you are meeting the person in a career fair or an online platform, you would have to introduce yourself to the person anyway. I am sure you want the person to know some specific things about you (Your selling points).
Well, in this article I will be showing you some great elevator pitch examples you need to get hired fast.
Just before we get into that… what is an elevator pitch?
An elevator pitch is a quick compelling speech about yourself that is used to evoke interest in a person, project or people. It highlights your ideas, your values, what makes you different, and makes the prospect want to hear more from you.
In simple terms, an elevator pitch is a summary of who you are and what you do in a short time. It is giving an introduction about yourself in the time that it would take you to ride on an elevator (that is why it is called an “elevator pitch”).
Here is one surprising thing about an elevator pitch you probably did not know;
Anytime you respond to questions like;
You are saying something in response to that question, right? But the question here is:
For the first part, you are already giving your ‘elevator pitch’ especially if it is in a career fair, conference, etc. Even if you don’t know it.
Now, how are you saying it? Probably not good enough because you are not aware of what you are doing.
Since you can give an elevator pitch without even knowing it, what then is a good elevator pitch?
A good elevator pitch is one that will make people sincerely interested in you, helps you land a dream job, and probably help you build a lasting relationship.
If you are meeting a prospect for the first time, you may be too anxious to deliver a great elevator pitch on- the-spot.
You don’t have to worry if you are scared or don’t feel comfortable pitching yourself because you’ve got you covered with our 20+ elevator pitch examples you can use anywhere, anytime.
Ready? Let’s dive in:
You may not find it easy to write an exciting elevator pitch especially if you are writing one for the first time. So, to ensure you write a good elevator pitch, you can take a look at these elevator pitch examples to create a good one for yourself.
We will take a look at some elevator pitch example for different purposes like;
If you are actively searching for a job, then you may have to give an elevation pitch from time to time during your job search.
Whether you are attending a career fair or meeting a prospect in a casual setting you may have to give an elevation pitch to get the attention of the prospect and maybe probably get the job.
Your elevator pitch should answer these questions:
If it still feels a bit challenging for you to frame your elevator pitch around these questions, then you can just take a look at these elevator pitch examples to form your own.
Career fair elevator pitch examples
1. If you are looking to change your career, your elevator pitch can be something like this:
“I am a salesperson but I specialize in sales management and sales promotion. I currently work at ABC group of companies and my team is coming up with a sales promotion strategy that will help companies reduce promotion costs by 45% which will be launched at the end of the year.
I thrive on learning new things and meeting people that share the same background with me, and I am also thinking of changing my job as soon so I am willing to learn about work environments in different companies.”
2. Communications/Customer Service Elevator Pitch Example
“I recently graduated from university with a degree in English Language and communications. I worked at the university radio station as a reporter and news editor, ever since then I have developed an interest in journalism.
I am currently looking for an internship opportunity that will put my journalism skills into play.”
Note: You can see that this elevator pitch answers the questions above. So, let’s take a look at some examples from other job fields.
3. Medical/Health Elevator Pitch Example
“Hi, my name is Sharon, I am a dentist. I am very passionate about dental health which is why I studied dentistry at the university. After a few months of interning as a dentist, I want to plunge my dentistry career by taking a full-time job in a dental company.
I believe that taking a full-time dentist job will open me up to real-life challenges that will thus help me thrive in my career.”
4. Media/Branding Elevator Pitch Example
“I am john; I create designs and illustrations for websites and brands. I am passionate about expressing ideas in creative ways. I am currently interning as an illustrator and graphic designer for a publishing firm, but I want to take the bold step to push my career by starting up my creative agency.
I know that starting up a business has its challenges. I know that you have been managing your company for years; I would love to get some entrepreneur’s tips for you.”
5. ICT Elevator Pitch Example
“I am John Adebayo, I am a graduate of the University of Lagos with a degree in computer engineering. I have interned in some companies after my graduation where I worked as an IT support Executive, but in my spare time, I focus on AI and how I can use it to solve real-life human challenges.
I am currently working on a project that will eventually solve communication problems for small businesses. I think I am more passionate about AI, and I would love to get a job with a company that focuses on AI. I think it will take me a step ahead in my career.”
6. Digital Marketing Elevator Pitch Example
“Hi I am Sandra, many people believe that the ultimate goal of any business is to make sales whether it be goods or services, which is what has formed my ideas of sales ever since before I got to understand the power of strategy.
I am passionate about sales, but I currently realized that being more strategic can help me meet my target faster than I expect it. Discovering SEO has opened me up to different online strategies that I can apply to achieve more sales.
I am currently developing my career, and I know that digital marketing is one aspect that I want to grow. So, I am open to a digital marketing intern role to push my career to the next stage”
7. Sales/Marketing Elevator Pitch Example
“I fell in love with sales after winning my department best salesperson of the year award at my university. This led to me pursuing a career in sales. I have interned as a sales executive for a few months. I am currently taking a course in sales to improve my knowledge in sales.
I am currently looking for job opportunities in sales in a bigger company.”
8. Accounting Elevator Pitch Example
“I have always loved calculation and finance even if I have not had tangible experience in accounting until I started interning at ABC Group of Companies. I enjoyed my stay at ABC Group of Companies, but now I am looking for an opportunity to practice accounting as a staff member rather than an intern.”
9. Human Resources Elevator Pitch Example
“Hi, I am Julia a fresh graduate of Human and Personnel Development. I have not had human resources work experience asides from my undergraduate studies at the university. Studying human resources at the University of Lagos has helped me build my passion for human resources.
Now I look forward to gaining practical experience in human resources. I am looking for an internship position that will help me gain practical human resource experience.”
10. Education Elevator Pitch Example
“Hi, my name is Grace. I have been passionate about and involved in literacy and educational activities right from my neighborhood to my church. Studying education at the university helped me even appreciate education better.
I strongly believe in nurturing and educating children to become better and knowledgeable children, and helping children become educated is more than a career, it is a rewarding process for me.
I am currently looking for a position that will help me educate children. I would like to get some advice on the best position to look out for.”
11. Research Elevator Pitch Example
"Hi, I am Jane and I have been a freelance writer and researcher for some years. I have written reports and website content and report for different companies and for individuals too. Asides from writing, I have built my research skills.
I am now looking for a permanent role in research that will help me put my communication skills in practice."
“So, what do you do?” or “tell me about yourself?”
This question usually makes many job seekers confused. As much as you want to prepare for job interview questions and answers, you should also be prepared to sell yourself to your potential employer.
If you are not prepared to answer questions like; so, what do you do or tell me about yourself, then you may experience some level of frustration when the recruiter suddenly asks you these questions. This is where the importance of the elevator pitch comes in.
Preparing an elevator pitch before going for an interview will help you ace your job interview. If you are preparing for a job interview and you don’t know how to write an elevator pitch, then these elevator pitch examples are what you need.
Are you ready to take a look at some amazing job interview elevator pitch examples? Let’s dive in
12. When Applying for an Accounting Job
"I am John. I am a financial accountant. I recently finished my master's degree in financial accounting, after my undergraduate degree in financial accounting. I have gained a few months experience during my studies as an undergraduate, but I am now looking to gain more experience in my career that is why I am looking to get a job in an organization that will help me develop and grow my career like this company."
13. When Applying for a Customer Service Job
"I am Sam. I am currently a customer service executive at ABC Group of Companies where I attend to over 20 clients each day. Before I started working at my current place of employment, I have always been passionate about problem-solving even as a teenager which is what inspired me to study communications.
I have worked in several places until now as a customer service executive, and I have enjoyed the experience so far. Now I think that I have come to a point in my career that I want to put myself in an environment that will challenge me to do more and to add more value."
14. When Applying for a Sales Job
"I am Andrew. I am a sales executive, specializing in the manufacturing industry. I am currently working at ABC Group of companies that manufacture children’s' toys. I am passionate about creating awareness and letting great products get to the hands of people that need it.
My enthusiasm for marketing and sales has brought me different recognition. I won an award for the ‘best project of the year’ for our yearly University marketing/sales project competition. I also won an award last year at my current place of work as 'best sales executive of the year'.
Having gotten to understand sales/marketing strategies that exist in the manufacturing industry, I am ready to expose myself to bigger challenges in bigger organizations which is why I look forward to working in this company."
15. When Applying for an ICT Job
“Hi, I am Emmanuel. I am a web developer, specializing in responsive web development. Bringing imaginations into reality and solving problems were two things that inspired me to build a career in web development.
Learning and understanding UI was an opportunity for me to add value to anyone that will eventually use or visit the website that I create.
I have worked for a few years as a web developer for small companies, but in my previous job, I have to develop softwares due to the expansion of the company and client requests. To open myself up to other possibilities I decided to work part-time so that I can have time for personal projects.
Carrying out personal projects and working with other companies has made me a full stack developer. I am now looking forward to consultancy positions considering my experience and expertise which is why I am applying for this position.”
16. If You are a Fresh Graduate with no Work Experience
“Hello, I am Steve. I am currently a first-class accounting graduate from the University of Benin. I am very active in my school’s Academic Association, and as an accountant for the association, I have kept records of the associations.
During my year at the university, I had worked as a volunteer accountant during my holidays. I have also helped different people keep an account for free because of my passion for accounting. I have always known that I wanted to become an accountant even from my early years in secondary school.
Considering my passion, enthusiasm, and love for accounting, I know that I would be a great addition to this team.”
Are you tired of searching for a job and would love to start your own small business?
Starting your business does not only have to do with creating your goods or services and selling them. To build a successful business, you have to learn how to connect with people that can help you land great opportunities.
So how can you connect with great people?
You can connect with great people anywhere, but what impression are you leaving in the minds of the people that you meet.
Meeting a potential ‘big client’ is a great opportunity, but how can you ensure you don’t mess up that opportunity?
Creating a good elevator pitch. When you give a potential client or an investor good reasons why they should be interested in what you do or your services.
An elevator pitch can make or mar your business. If you are just starting your business, then you can take a look at these elevator pitches from these successful start-ups:
17. ‘We Work’ Elevator Pitch
“There are 40MM independent workers in the US: consultants, freelancers, and small business owners. Solving office space is tough and expensive, especially in cities like New York. We created the concept of space as a service. We have 20 locations in the city- where people can rent a desk or an office without any of the complications of a traditional lease, effectively saving at least 25% of the cost. They get access to a shared front desk, mailroom, and a community of like-minded people.”
18. ‘Conga’ Elevator Pitch
"We are a suite of intelligent automation solutions for Salesforce, for everything from data, documents to reporting."
19. ‘Xactly’ Elevator Pitch
"We automate and streamline the commission process for sales organizations. For a lot of companies, that means getting you off an Excel spreadsheet or a home-grown cumbersome system. The Xactly advantage is that we've been in the cloud since 2005. We have been able to anonymize all of our customer's data to allow you to leverage different data points when making your decision."
20. ‘The Pendergraft Firm’
“I'm Brian Pendergraft, Esq., and I am a full-service real estate and title attorney. I help with ABCDEF: agreements, business entity formation, closings and title, deeds, evictions, and foreclosure. For all of your real estate legal needs, it's as simple as ABC; work with me.”
Since you own our business, you can also make use of these elevator pitch example that we created for small business owners.
21. ‘BMcTALKS Academy’
“My name is Bridgett McGowen, and I am a professional speaker at BMcTALKS. I help professional women who want to speak with power and executive presence but who do not want to waste time reading books and watching videos that cannot give them real and honest feedback on their presentation skills.”
NOTE: These templates will serve as a guide for you to create your own elevator pitch. If you still experience some challenges creating your own elevator pitch from these examples, then you can use this template to form your own elevator pitch.
If you are a job seeker, you can follow these steps to create your elevator pitch
I am _______(Name) and I am a _______ (What you do). I am enthusiastic about________ (Why Should they be Interested). I look forward to getting ___________ (What do you want).
I am _____ (Who are you) CEO for ______ (What do you do) I help _______ (Target Audience) women have successful ________ (Desired Result) without having to _______ (The Problem that you are solving). I am looking for customers that need this kind of service, I would like to know if you… _______ (State what you want).
If you are looking to land the job of your dreams soon, then you have given yourself a fair chance by learning how to create an elevator pitch of your own.
An elevator pitch draws you a step closer to landing the job of your dreams, but you should also be careful not to talk too much when you are giving your elevator pitch.
Try to keep your pitch simple and short.
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