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Prepare Your Elevator Speech

An elevator speech is a two-minute description of your skills and career goals.

It's an easy way to share what you want to learn from someone who is in a position to help you.

Here's an example:

"Hi. My name is ____________.  

I'm looking for  (  a kind  of job  )  in an industry, field, or location   ).   

I really enjoy  (   something about a past job or experience    .  

I'm good at ( a certain job skill   )."

After you’ve briefly stated these facts, you can ask for help or advice. For example:

  • "Do you have any advice for me?"
  • "Do you know anything about this company?"
  • "Do you know anyone who does know about ______________?"
  • "Can I use your name to contact them?"


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