Ah, the elevator speech. No longer reserved only for the hopeful startup founder pitching on Shark Tank, it has become a useful technique also for the many job seekers out there as well. Being able to tell your future boss who you are and the value you can provide in a short, understandable manner is a positive sign of being well-prepared and a possible candidate for the job. Yet, many struggle to get it right.

As with any pitch, preparation is key. Heck, that’s why our pitch preparation tool Pitcherific includes a free “Job Pitch” template! But sometimes you just need some inspiration, which we hope you just might find in this collection of elevator speech examples for job seekers that we’ve fished out from the vast ocean of the internet.

Before you dig in, don’t forget to share your examples in the comments after reading; the more the merrier and it might help other job seekers find an example that perfectly fits their situation.

With that said, enjoy this little collection and good luck out there. I know you’ll nail that job interview.

1. The IT Communications Student Profile

For businesses it is important to create a brand and show an understanding of their customers’ values. I can contribute with communication for digital platforms and work in a structured manner with target audiences. In the future, I would like to get more responsibility for the communication strategy and the visual identity. I can contribute to the good design process with a positive work attitude and the right solutions – in order to create great results. — Terese B. Thomsen (Danish)

Key takeaways: What’s clear from this example is that it focuses on the values of the potential employer’s customers. Combining this with an emphasis on what the person can contribute with, a future outlook and an understanding of how attitude is just important as practical skills makes a good foundation. To take this example further, it could be beneficial to add some call to action or “Close”, as we call it; what should come after this elevator pitch? A meeting or maybe a tour around the office next week?

2. The Personal Trainer Profile

My name is Peter Jensen. I’m originally a trained mechanic and I have been a competitive motorcross rider for many years.

For many years, I’ve been interested in fitness and strength training and for the past year I’ve been working as a volunteer fitness instructor. Last year I finished my education as a fitness instructor and I just recently graduated as a personal trainer. I’ve chosen that my future should be in the fitness industry because this is where I can help shape success – I can help boost customer positivity and happiness when they discover that training creates results.

Good customer relations are the driving force and motivation for me. I regularly keep myself updated on the latest trends in the fitness industry and through that I have stood for additional sales related to new training programs, existing products of the center along with new products. I focus on that my customers are satisfied and experience that the expected results are made.

The satisfaction of the customers gives me a good reputation, which creates growth in relation to new customers who wish for personal training. I want to build upon that and continue working on.

In the long term, I’m interested in becoming the manager of my own fitness center. — AS3 Employment (Danish)

Key takeaways: While being longer than the first example (depends on the elevator ride), this example shows how including your past experience along with an interesting fact (competitive motorcross rider, anyone?) can be a way to add more “depth” to your character in a short amount of time. Don’t be afraid to reveal a passion or something you’re proud of, just don’t dwell on it for too long.

Another bonus here is the combination of actual results (additional sales), a deep understanding of customer needs and an interest in being up to date on industry trends. This helps minimize important questions that pop up in employers’ heads, such as: “But would you understand our customers? How will our business benefit from your skillset?” etc.

3. The Environmental Science Student Profile

Hi, my name is Samantha Atcheson, and I am a senior Environmental Sciences major. I’m looking for a position that will allow me to use my research and analysis skills.

Over the past few years, I’ve been strengthening these skills through my work with a local watershed council on conservation strategies to support water quality and habitats. Eventually, I’d like develop education programs on water conservation awareness. I read that your organization is involved in water quality projects.

Can you tell me how someone with my experience may fit into your organization? — University of California, Davis

Key takeaways: There are multiple positives to be found in this elevator speech. One, showing that you’ve been engaged in work that is in sync with your field of study hints that you’ve been challenged to apply your research and analysis skills to real-life problems. Two, showing that you’ve actually bothered to look into what the company is involved with often leaves a positive impression. Finally, the example also shows how to employ a call to action that is specifically related to how the person might become an employee.

Over to you

There are many examples of job-related elevator speeches out there and these are only a snippet of those we found both promising, interesting and inspiring. Of course what’s most interesting is what your elevator speech might sound like?

Also, if you are currently seeking jobs and want to challenge yourself with creating your very own job pitch then we’ve made it easy for you to get started with our “Job Pitch” template. It’s free to make and you’ll find it in the template selection menu at Pitcherific.com.

Anders Schmidt Hansen

Anders Schmidt Hansen

Anders is the co-founder, designer and front-end developer of Pitcherific. Alongside Pitcherific, he researches the mechanics of successful startups and contributes his experience to very early-stage entrepreneurs whenever time allows. His goal is to make the startup process more straightforward, understandable and accessible to everyone.

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