An elevator pitch is a quick overview of your background, skills and experiences, with the idea being that it’s short enough to be told during one trip in an elevator. You should always have an elevator pitch prepared when you’re job hunting as you never know who you’ll bump into, and when you might get the opportunity to sell yourself as a potential employee.
Just like the introductory paragraph of your CV, it should be no more than a few sentences and should answer the following questions:
- Who are you?
- What do you do?
- What can you do for me?
- Why should I hire you?
- How can I contact you?
Practise pitching to your friends and family to make sure you can do it at any time, without hesitation.