Quick: who are you and what do you do?
If you responded to those questions by recoiling in horror, chances are that you don’t have a well-developed elevator pitch. The goal is to be able to explain your career trajectory and your personal brand in well under a minute — ideally, in 30 seconds or less.
Having an elevator pitch gives you an advantage in job interviews and networking situations. In this week’s roundup, we look at tips for perfecting your pitch, plus some good news on developing a mindfulness practice and advice on using thank-you notes to land a job.
Lisa Rangel at Chameleon Resumes: 7 Tips on How to Create Your 30-Second Elevator Pitch
“Making the connection and telling someone about yourself can lead to your next job, your next sale, your next client, your next growth opportunity, your next volunteer gig or your next chance to help someone else,” Rangel writes. “So let’s be ready.”
Her tips include considering different audiences, creating a hook and tying in with your purpose.
Jessica Stillman at Inc: Stop Worrying–You Probably Already Have a Mindfulness Practice (You Just Don’t Know It)
Mindfulness practices have received a lot of attention during the past few years. They’re frequently touted as a cure-all for the stresses of modern working life. But if you’ve been putting off developing a formal practice because it seems daunting, Stillman has good news for you:
…mindfulness is actually way simpler than many of those selling books, classes, and even apps would have you believe. In fact, chances are good that you’re already engaging in some form of it already.
The first thing to understand is that meditation and mindfulness aren’t the same thing. Learn more, here.
Susan P. Joyce at Job-Hunt: Turning Rejection into Opportunity
Thank-you notes can do more than show the hiring manager that your parents raised you right. After a rejection, a well-phrased thank you might even get you the job — even after you’ve been rejected the first time.
Seem unlikely? Joyce explains:
A thank you note after a rejection will really stand out. The probability that it will pay off may be less than 5%, but that probability may show a higher return on the investment of your time than any other job search action you take that day, and it won’t take much time to do.
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