By Tina Humphrey, Peer Advisor

An elevator pitch is a 3 to 5 minute persuasive speech of who you are, what you do, what you’re looking for, and how you would be the ideal candidate for a company.

Start off by thinking about the types of jobs you are looking for, pick your most significant job from your resume and how your experience could offer something to the company you are applying to.

For example, you decide you want to visit Abercrombie and Fitch’s booth. You researched that the company values diversity and unique customers and employers. You can state in your elevator speech that you are seeking a company that values diversity because in your previous job you learned how to communicate and work with effectively with people of various cultures. You believe your culture competence could be of value to Abercrombie’s unique culture. You could end by asking to have the recruiter’s business card and leave your resume to show them how you would be a great addition to Abercrombie’s culture.

Here is a great video on how to better prepare your pitch:


Take a deep breath, be confident and practice what you are going to say. Keep in mind you want your elevator pitch to be conversational instead of an infomercial.

The more you practice the more you will feel confident in your speech!

Good luck Canes!