Wow- I have been a very lazy blogger as of late. I do apologize for not filling you in on all the glorious happenings in my day-to-day life, but I had to spend more time living it than talking about it.
I just back to Vancouver last night as I’ve been house hunting- and I think I may have found a spot which is brilliant! The location is insane, it’s two blogs from a place where I can join a running clinic, 3 blocks from the yoga studio I like to practice at in Victoria, 4 blocks from the beach and is located on two major bus routes. I’ll have the master bedroom with a walk-in closet and my own bathroom. Front porch, back porch- I’m in heaven, and I haven’t even mentioned the ensuite laundry!
I graduate from University July 16, and that date can’t come soon enough. I have a three week break coming up in 2 weeks, where I’ll be road tripping to Seattle to meet one of my girlfriends (the one with the brain tumor is coming out to Seattle and we’re going to do a Trifecta Trip- Seattle, Van, and Victoria). I have a lot to be excited for in my life right now. 2010 has been a good year, and will hopefully continue to be good.
Now I need your help- I’m looking for work in Vancouver- I’ve got a few job interviews lined up, but nothing solid. I’d rather not serve after 7 years in University, but will bite the bullet if I have to. What I need to learn after 7 years of University is how to brag, and brag in a way that people see how good I am, not how cocky I am.
So I looked up how to pitch myself- and this is what I’ve got: 10 Steps to Pitching yourself (source)
- Write Down Your Accomplishments
Start by writing down your top five work or academic accomplishments. If you don’t have much work experience or are still studying, start with your highest educational qualification or most recent job, and state what your career goal is.
- Describe Them
Describe each accomplishment. State what the situation was, what you did, and the results.
- Narrow Down
Narrow down each accomplishment to a single statement. Use action verbs like I achieved…, I led…, I created…, I developed…
- Analyze That
Analyze what you’ve written. Do your top accomplishments reflect a theme or specialty? Are you all about growth, customer focus, sales excellence, product innovation, etc.? Take those statements that share the same theme, and again, combine them into a single statement.
- Highlight Yourself
Pick the statement that says the most about you and what you want to be, and make it the highlight of your pitch, right after your introduction. Don’t use industry jargon, as chances are the person you’re talking to may not be familiar with your field. If you confuse them, you won’t impress them.
- Closing Pitch
Close out your pitch with a clear request for a time to follow up.
- Read Out Loud
Read your pitch out loud in a natural tone of voice and speed (don’t rush!) and time yourself to make sure it is under 30 seconds. Edit out unnecessary words if you have to, read again, and revise again until it sounds right.
- Practice, Practice, Practice
Rehearse so that you don’t sound like you rehearsed. Practice saying your elevator pitch out loud, first to yourself; when you’re comfortable with it, practise it on family and friends, and ask them for feedback on the content and your performance.
- Master Your Key Points
Focus on mastering the key points of your elevator pitch, rather than memorizing a fixed script. That way, it’s easier to customize it to suit the situation and the person you’re talking to, and you’ll sound more natural too.
- Deliver with Confidence
Deliver your pitch in a confident manner. Look the other person in the eye, smile (but don’t grin), and offer a firm handshake – always be the first to do so to demonstrate your initiative.
How are you with selling yourself for jobs? Do you have a technique that manages you to land the job? Any tips for me as someone looking for work?
Because I’m in communications, there’s a lot of work in the prospective industry I want to go into. I’ve been lucky that I chose an area that people need regardless of the recession, but I could still use your help in landing something- so please, give me your advice!