A pitch is…
Your marketing tool and an important part of networking. It is used to concisely state who you are and what you are seeking. Your pitch should include what you can bring to an internship, co-op, or full-time position, and should focus on the employer’s needs.
To start an effective conversation with recruiters, it’s best to walk up, shake their hand firmly, smile, and introduce yourself.
Here is one example:
“Hello, my name is_________ and I am majoring in __________ (include “at Iowa State” if the setting is off-campus). I wanted to make sure I spoke with you today because _____________________________________.”
|Your pitch should include the following:
- Introduction: Greet the employer with a smile and firm handshake. Introduce yourself and offer a copy of your resume.
- Objective: Tell the employer what type of employment you seek (e.g. internship, co-op, full-time).
- Interest: State why you are interested in their organization.
- Closing: Express your interest in continuing the conversation and offer a copy of your resume. End with a question: What are the next steps to obtaining an interview? Would you like me to follow up with an email or phone call? Thank the employer, and shake their hand before departing.
|Tips for success:
- Be prepared to introduce yourself in a professional manner. You never know whom you may meet on the bus or at a networking event.
- A strong professional introduction is a great way to summarize your professional story and highlight your most valuable skill sets.
- Your pitch should express
- Who you are
- Why you are qualified
- Why you are interested
- What you can do for them
- Practice in front of a mirror, with friends, or by recording yourself. You can also practice with your career coordinator to receive feedback and tips for improvement. Rehearsing will make it easy for you to approach professionals with confidence.