6 Elevator Pitch Do’s and Dont’s for Students and The Unemployed (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)
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.
- Don’t improvise what you are going to say when people ask what you do. Do have a concise response prepared.
- 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 _____.”
- Don’t lie. Do tell the truth. The risk is not worth the reward.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
– Career Expert and President of Idealize Enterprises