Your elevator pitch is a combination of your passion, goals, and personality. Before expressing your goals, you want to show what your strengths are. A great way to do this is by describing a specific and relevant experience where you learned or improved your skills.
Even if you have no experience or any relevant experience, that’s ok. It is still possible to have a great elevator pitch! If you have little to no experience keep reading to discover how you can create a great elevator pitch.
However, if you have plenty of relevant experience see Elevator Pitch Examples That Include Relevant Experience for best and worst elevator pitch examples and how relevant experience was successfully incorporated.
See how Sandra turned her minimal experience into a valuable and relevant one:
Elevator Pitch Best Example:
My name is Sandra and I am a freshman at the University of Illinois majoring in Apparel Merchandising and minoring in Marketing.
I have always had an interest in fashion and enjoy reading fashion magazines and blogs. After completing a four-week long school project where I created a styling tips guide, I sharpened my creativity skills while also learning how to use photoshop. I am looking for a summer internship in the fashion industry where I can help a marketing team by using my creativity and photoshop skills.
Since Sandra does not have any job experience yet she discussed a relevant school project where she learned skills that will help her excel in the job she is looking for.
You may think something like a school project does not count as experience, but if you learned and sharpened skills that will help you in your future it can be a great way to make your elevator pitch credible.
Now lets see what Sandra’s elevator pitch would look like if she didn’t consider her school project a relevant experience…
Elevator Pitch Bad Example:
My name is Sandra and I am a freshman and University of Illinois majoring in Apparel Merchandising and minoring in Marketing. Although I do not have any experience in the industry I have a strong passion for fashion and marketing. I am looking for a summer internship in the fashion industry where I can use my creative skills.
Although Sandra has a strong introduction and expresses her passion, she doesn’t prove her strengths.
Sandra has left the impression that she has never done something where she learned valuable skills. Yet, in reality, she has had experiences that taught her relevant skills, she just didn’t know that a school project was something she should talk about.
Having an experience that is not necessarily a “job” is much better than just simply stating what you are passionate about or what you are good at. You need to build trust and credibility with recruiters and in order to do that find a time where you learned something.
Take a look at more examples of learning experiences you can include if you have never had a real job:
- Volunteer Experience
- School projects
- Job shadowing
- Sports Teams
- President or leader of a team, club, or other groups
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