Developing Your Unique Elevator Pitch

Written by Yoo Hyeon Park

Yoo Hyeon is an alum of The Selling Factory and marketing graduate at the University of Florida. As an Advisory Associate at KMPG, she enjoys interacting with clients and developing solutions to their business challenge in Finance and Supply Chain/Operations sectors.

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During the school year, many universities hold career fairs where recruiters come to seek talent. As a student, you may feel lost or overwhelmed by the vast number of students trying to secure the same internship as you. So, you must impress the recruiters by selling yourself. You need to start a meaningful conversation where they will be wanting to continue talking with you. But how and where do you even start? 

This is where an elevator pitch comes in handy. What is an elevator pitch and why is it important? It is a 30-second long, brief introduction of yourself. It is a gateway to open up a meaningful conversation with the recruiters, leading to stronger connections with them. Having a well-prepared elevator pitch will allow you to stand out among other applicants and even result in a follow-up interview for the job. 

Now that you know the importance of an elevator pitch, here are the practical steps to creating your elevator pitch.

Know Yourself

First, you have to get to know yourself. While this may sound cliché, many people don’t know what they like to do. Before creating your elevator pitch, you must reflect on yourself. Think about the times you volunteered or worked on a project. Then brainstorm what you liked about those activities. What did you enjoy about them? What made you happy? On the other hand, think about what you dislike. What annoys you? Which activities did you enjoy the least? What are your weaknesses? 

If you are having a hard time figuring yourself out, the get to know yourself quizzes are very helpful. Go online, and take self-assessment tests such as, 16personalities, and Big Five. You’ll be surprised by how much you’ll learn about yourself. These tests will be a great starting point for narrowing down your interests. 

Then, write down what you found out about yourself. Try to make some connections between the activities that you liked the most. When you know yourself, you will be able to form your passionate statement. This is an essential part of creating your elevator pitch. 

How Important is Language in Networking 

Through your pitch, you are trying to sell ‘you.’ To sell yourself, you must be confident and be able to resonate that confidence to recruiters.

#1 Vocabulary

 Choose your words carefully. Avoid words like “um” or “like” which make you look unprofessional. Also, phrases like “I think” or “I’m not sure” only make recruiters question your qualifications because you seem doubtful about what you can bring to the company. 

#2 Inflection

Emphasize what you want to highlight about yourself to recruiters. Slow down and stress on your key points and accomplishments so that the recruiters see why you would be a great candidate for the job. 

#3 Passion

Do you recall when you had a meaningful conversation with someone? That other person probably showed enthusiasm to get to know you more. Likewise, show excitement for the job, company, and recruiter using your tone, words, and body language. This way, the recruiters will begin to learn more about you because you are wanting to know more about them. Remember that you are selling ‘you.’ You are the product. You must be passionate about yourself first before selling it to others. 

Follow the I.P.E.N. Method to Develop Your Pitch

To begin creating your elevator pitch, follow the I.P.E.N. method.

#1 Introduction

Greet the recruiters with a firm handshake and eye contact. Say your name. 

#2 Passionate Statement

Recall what you learned about yourself. Then write a sentence that begins like this: “I am passionate about…” 

#3 Explain your passionate statement

Explain why and how you developed your passion. Give some examples from your previous and/or current experiences from volunteering, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, etc. 

#4 Next Step

Call-to-action for further conversations. Ask recruiters, “Would you like to hear more about my experiences?” or “Would you like to meet later this week?” Exchange contact information; ask for their LinkedIn. Finally, show excitement for follow-up meetings. 

Be creative in writing your pitch. Here’s a winning elevator pitch to inspire your creativity. You are unique and so should your pitch be. It should draw a good picture of who you are. After writing your pitch, be sure to practice! Delivering your pitch well is as important in selling ‘you’ and differentiating yourself from others. Good luck!

Victoria Zamitalo

Campaign Manager

Victoria received a BA in History and Economics from the University of Florida in May 2023. She is a driven sales professional with over 5 years combined experience in customer service, consumer relations and outbound sales, and is deeply passionate about fostering close relationships between consumers and sellers. She aims to train the next generation of sales professionals in not only the tricks of the trade, but also interpersonal skills that make sales the exciting and ever-changing industry that it is.

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Campaign Manager

Before graduating with a B.A. in Sustainability Studies, Mia took on multiple roles while interning at The Selling Factory, including sales development, recruiting, and leading campaigns. She is an active listener and effective communicator, specializing in fostering genuine connections and finding common ground among differing perspectives. She aims to find practical, creative solutions regarding sustainable development, biodiversity and the climate crisis.

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Jared Glosser

Vice President

After graduating from UF in 2014 with a B.A. in history, Jared started his professional career Fundraising for a non-partisan political lobby in South Florida. In 2016, Jared moved back to Gainesville to work for a non-profit, recruit students for international travel opportunities, and pursue his MBA at UF. Jared has been with The Selling Factory since 2019 focusing on operations, client onboarding, and client success.

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Chief Operating Officer

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A graduate from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, Savannah obtained her Bachelor of Science in public relations with a concentration in French. After almost two years as a sales development intern for The Selling Factory, she joined the leadership team in 2021 taking on the role of Campaign Manager. In her free time, Savannah enjoys going to concerts and festivals and cooking for her friends and family.

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Campaign Manager

Zack is a creative technologist with experience in advertising, event planning, and game design. He started as an SDR in 2018 and has been with TSF ever since. Upon graduating UF in 2019 he became a campaign manager and is currently seeking a master's degree from NYU. In his spare time, you can find him at the intersection of Art & Technology!

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Marketing Manager

Sue-Ming received both her B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Management from The University of Florida. As a student, she took on multiple roles while interning at The Selling Factory, including sales development, marketing, and recruiting, eventually leading to her current role as Marketing Manager. She enjoys refining her taste in music and visual art, engaging in mindfulness and meditative practices, and frolicking outside with her sidekick pup.

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Chief Development Officer

Adam is an ordained rabbi, who has founded multiple ventures focused on workforce development. Hired as CEO by a failing non-profit, in over 5 years, his ingenuity saved the organization, which led to recognize it as one of North America’s most innovative Jewish non-profits. His expertise to identify, cultivate, and on-board talent ensures our student teams meet our partners’ needs.

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Chief Executive Officer

After graduating from UF in 1999 with a B.S.B.A, Brad Gamble has dedicated himself to sales management, branding, coaching, and building companies. He served as the VP of Sales & Marketing for Infinite Energy until 2014, when he founded The Selling Factory. He has dedicated himself to teaching critical skills to tomorrow’s leaders, and helping companies achieve sales success and revenue growth.