6 Elevator Pitch Do’s and Dont’s for Students and The Unemployed (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

If you are unemployed, don't do this when asked what you do!

If you are a student or unemployed adult who read yesterday’s post on elevator pitches, you may be thinking, “That’s great information, but what do I say at a networking event if I don’t have a job?!”  Well, here are 6 do’s and dont’s.

  1. Don’t improvise what you are going to say when people ask what you do.  Do have a concise response prepared.
  2. Don’t tell people you are “unemployed.” (While you might be out of a job for reasons beyond your control, there is a stigma associated with the word.)  Do have some sort of academic, volunteer, or part-time project that you are working on that you can reference as your current work.  Or, say something like “I am taking some time off to consider a career change.  I’m at this event to learn more about _____.”
  3. Don’t lie.  Do tell the truth.  The risk is not worth the reward.
  4. Don’t ask people for a job.  Do ask people if they have any advice on how you can learn more about opportunities in a given field.
  5. Don’t feel sorry for yourself.  A negative or defeated attitude will only turn off people who could potentially help you.  Do stay positive, as hard as that may be.
  6. Don’t focus strictly on how the other person can help you.  Do probe to see how you could help them. 

In summary, if you are a student or an unemployed adult, networking can be a great way to advance your career.  Just make sure you approach these events with the same positive attitude and preparation that you would if you already had a job!

-Pete Leibman

- Career Expert and President of Idealize Enterprises

Pete@IdealizeNow.com

www.linkedin.com/in/peteleibman

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@peteleibman

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  1. [...] event is what type of work you do.  Click here for tips on how to answer if you are employed.  Click here for tips on how to answer if you are a student or looking for a [...]


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