Making an Elevator Pitch (With Examples)

An elevator pitch is your chance to shine in a job interview. Here are some tips, tricks, and examples for making them.

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by Evan Thompson

Updated April 6, 2022

Edited by Jennifer Cuellar
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Making an Elevator Pitch (With Examples)


If you're job hunting, and someone asks you to tell them about yourself or what your goals are, the last thing you want to do is wing it. That's when your elevator pitch comes in.

What is an elevator pitch? An elevator pitch is a very quick explanation of your background and experience.

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The challenge is making this short speech compelling to your audience — especially while networking or interviewing for a job. Rather than simply summarizing the skills listed on your resume, a good elevator pitch should combine storytelling, facts, and goals.

In 60 seconds or less, your audience should have a feel for three important things:

But no one pitch is ideal for everyone. While every elevator pitch should explain who you are and what you're about, the exact wording will change depending on your goals and experiences.

To help you get started, we asked Davis Nguyen, a career consultant and founder of My Consulting Offer, for his tips, suggestions, and examples.

Nguyen shared specific advice for three types of job hunters:

The College Grad

The Job Seeker

The Career Switcher

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Davis Nguyen

Davis Nguyen is the founder of My Consulting Offer, a program that helps people land their dream jobs in management consulting. My Consulting Offer's coaches share invaluable case interview tips and much more. Davis was raised by a single mother who didn't finish elementary school in one of the most impoverished communities in the United States before graduating from Yale University and starting a career at Bain & Company.

Davis started My Consulting Offer as a weekend side-business in 2017 and, within a year, grew it into a six-figure side business without spending money on marketing. After becoming a full-time entrepreneur in 2018, Davis has helped over 500 people launch careers in consulting, grown his business to seven figures, and was featured at TEDx.


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