Sometimes I get a thought, a word or a song that stays on replay in my head. This week, thanks to a good friend, the word “elevator” has stuck with me. When my friend mentioned something about an elevator speech, my mind immediately shifted to the beautiful Fine Arts Building in Chicago and the elevators that can be found there.
If you happen to live in or travel to The Windy City, the elevators of the Fine Arts Building are a true treasure, a must see (as is the entire building) and a must ride. When you step into the elevator, you do not push a button; you simply tell the elevator operator your floor of choice. “Eight please.”
And if you are a job seeker taking a ride on the person-powered elevators there, perhaps you will realize how short the ride is. Within a matter of seconds, you go from floor to floor. Start and stop in no time at all; much like an elevator speech for today’s job seeker.
As a job seeker, have you thought about your elevator speech?
Do you have a script written for the ride?
Do you know where you are going in your conversation, or will you meander around from floor-to-floor and end up lost?
Do you know how you will respond to the “Tell Me About Yourself” frequently-asked-question (FAQ)?
Do you know how to express your qualifications so that the listener will have a clear grasp of your credentials in a few fleeting seconds?
Some of my clients think “elevator speech” sounds silly. Some prefer “branded message” or “product commercial” or “30-second sound bite.” Regardless of what you call it, it deserves your attention, contemplation, organization and articulation before you go to a job interview.
So how about it? How does your elevator speech sound? What words are you saying about yourself in a few short seconds to convey to the hiring manager or recruiter that you are the person for the position?