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Donna Schilder

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What is an Elevator Speech?


17976682_sA  Job Search Elevator Speech is an important part of your Job Search Marketing Collateral.  It is a short speech you will use to generate interest in what you have to offer and to talk with people about the ideal job you are looking for.

There are many different formats for Elevator Speeches.  Here are some topics you may want to cover in your Elevator Speech:

  • Who you are
  • What you specialize in
  • What your strengths are
  • What you have to offer
  • What sets you apart
  • The positions you are qualified for
  • The industries you are interested in


A very simple format for an Elevator speech for a recent graduate or entry level position would be:

  • Example: “Hello, I’m John Jacobs and I’m currently looking for a job in Human Resources as a Compensation Analyst in a High Tech company.”

If you are a seasoned professional, below is an Elevator Speech Template that will help you create a compelling Elevator Speech.


Elevator Speech Template

I am  ________ (name) and I am a ______________________. (Profession/Leadership Title)
I specialize in ____________ and ____________  (competencies) for ____________. (industry)
My strengths include ____________, _____________, ____________. (strengths)
I have achieved __________________________________. (Specific Measure Result / Metric)
I am excited about ____________________________. (What You Would Like to Do Next)


Elevator Speech Example – Executive Coach

I am Elaine Jones and I am an Executive Coach that specializes in supporting professionals in expanding their productivity and emotional intelligence for professionals in the Financial Services Industry. My strengths include understanding corporate landscape and integrating that with 25 years of wellness, meditation and yoga experience. I have worked with over 100 clients in the area of career navigation, mindfulness, leadership, and communication skills. I am excited to support more professionals in creating happier and more productive lives that reflect the integration of head and heart.

Elevator Speech Example – Human Resources Manager

Hello, I’m John Jacobs and I am a Human Resources Manager with a specialization in mergers and acquisitions for High Technology companies. My strengths lie in my ability to anticipate how a merger or acquisition will be perceived by the employees, how to manage their perceptions to keep morale up, how to retain top talent, and how to make the transition as painless as possible for everyone involved. I have been successful at supporting a large company in successfully navigating a merger while retaining 95% of their staff and a 92% Employee Satisfaction rate. I am excited to find my next role in a software or application design company where I can put my mergers & acquisitions experience to use in creating and maintaining an energizing, productive company culture for a fast growing company.


It is important to practice your Elevator Speech aloud and even better to practice it with a friend so that you are comfortable using it, whenever the need arises.


Traditional places you may want to use your Elevator Speech include:

  • Networking Events
  • Professional Organization Events
  • In Workshops & Classes
  • Tradeshows
  • Career Fairs
  • Networking Meetings with Individuals
  • On LinkedIn


Nontraditional places you may want consider using your Elevator Speech include:

  • Parties
  • The Grocery Store
  • Jury Duty
  • Whenever You Meet Someone New


Click HERE to download/print template