How to Create the Perfect Elevator Pitch

When thinking about how to formulate your perfect elevator pitch, consider what will peak someone’s interest and cause them to them take action. The truth is, it’s how you make people feel that makes you memorable.

Does your current elevator pitch inspire action? Here’s how to put together a new elevator pitch that sparks some interest and feeling…

“So, what do you do?”

“I’m a… (insert your job title)”.

“Officially, my job is to… (insert your job description clearly, i.e. market to investors, refine my client’s job searching skills, save company’s money with their health insurance, etc).”

“Which is a fancy way of saying… (insert your emotional job description, i.e. find wealthy people and encourage them to fall in love with our properties, help people land their dream careers, navigate through the health insurance mess so companies don’t have to, etc.)”

Keys to creating a job description that people will actually want to hear:
– Use phrases that get straight to the emotional core of what you do.
– Sneak in a little of your own personality to peak some interest.

Examples of those phrases include:
“Which is a fancy way of saying…”
“Which really means…”
“More simply put…”

Suggestion:
Put together a few scenarios and try them out. See which ones make the biggest impact and go from there.

Want some more help?
We can help you formulate your elevator pitch.  Schedule a session with Career Find before your next event.

By |2015-12-08T14:10:03-05:00December 8th, 2015|career consultation services, Elevator Pitch, Uncategorized|Comments Off on How to Create the Perfect Elevator Pitch

10 Things to Do for Your Career Success

Below are 10 things we feel are key to making your professional future and life a lot easier:

  1. Know how to explain ‘what you do’. Refining your elevator pitch does take practice. It was also change throughout your career. Be so good at explaining what you do that people never forget it.
  2. Know your career non-negotiables. Be really be honest with yourself about what you need out of a career, make a list and don’t waste your time on jobs that don’t line up.
  3. Jump off a cliff every once in a while. Push your boundaries, get out of your comfort zone and do something that terrifies you at least once in the early stages of your career.
  4. Learn how to take criticism. It is important to take criticism seriously and not personally. Knowing where you are not meeting expectations will allow you room to grow professionally.
  5. Learn to say No. Sometimes this can be the hardest word to say to your boss.  Knowing when and how to use this word when it is necessary, may save your sanity.
  6. Know how to negotiate. In most cases, this is the only way you are going to get what you deserve and want.
  7. Find a to-do list system that works for you. Whether you need 30 post-it notes or a list synced on all your devices, learn to manage your workflow.
  8. Know when you are the most productive. Use your energy levels to your advantage. Don’t spend your peak mental hours on wasteful things.
  9. Know how to manage stress. Stress can ruin your life if you don’t cope with it. Learn what helps you de-stress and make it part of your routine.
  10. Make a career emergency plan. What would you do if you got laid off tomorrow? Instead of panicking, get started on an action plan.
By |2015-10-14T12:15:50-05:00October 14th, 2015|career consultation services, Career Success, How to Be Happy at Work, How to Keep Your Job|Comments Off on 10 Things to Do for Your Career Success

Skills that Pay the Bills

How valuable is the time you spent putting together your resume? Some companies are questioning how efficiently the traditional resume and cover letter realistically portray the applicant.

When hours are spent formatting your resume and then sending it out to your contacts, the goal is to land you an interview. In order for your resume to work for you, you have to accurately represent yourself through descriptive hard and soft professional skills.

How do you accurately highlight your hard and soft skills? Start by making a list of your hard and soft skills. Here are some examples:

Soft Skills:

Leadership

Teamwork

Flexibility

Hard Skills:

Degree in School

Training Certificates

Proficiency in Foreign Language

Creating a resume that accurately reflects who you are and what you bring to the table is a very difficult art. When it is done successfully, you will separate yourself from everyone else and your resume will rise to the top of the stack.

At Career Find, we work very closely with you in our Resume Critique service to make sure your resume effectively communicates your worth. If you are trying to get your first job out of college or are interested in moving into a c-level position, our expertise can set you apart from your competition.

Contact us today for a free 30-minute resume consultation.

By |2015-05-14T09:42:30-05:00May 14th, 2015|career consultation services|Comments Off on Skills that Pay the Bills

How Do You Know When it is Time to Look for Another Opportunity?

When we start a new job, we have a bright outlook and hope that we will enjoy the new daily routine most days. In reality, not all jobs turn out to be so wonderful. How can you tell if you are just in a rut or if it’s time to look for a new opportunity? If you can check off the following 5 job problems, it’s time to start looking.

You have a case of “the Sundays” every night of the week…

Even people who love their jobs can suffer from the “Sunday night blues”, dreading the week ahead. If you dread going to work every single day of the week, this is a sign you need to consider your options.

There is no chance for advancement at your company…

You might just be unhappy at your current position and need a new challenge. However, that new challenge may not be available at your current company. If you have inquired about another internal position without successful results, it’s time to start looking for another opportunity.

You need more flexible hours and the company cannot accommodate…

Everyone has life changes. Do you need more personal time to care for an aging relative or a new baby?  Whatever the case may be, flexibility at work is important for a healthy work/life balance. If your job is unable to accommodate this temporary need, you may have a choice to make.

You are underpaid with no change in sight…

When you are hired with the promise of increased pay and it doesn’t happen, you will find yourself in an unfortunate situation. Don’t stay at a company that undervalues your worth and gives you the run-around.

You don’t get along with your boss…

Whether your boss is inconsistent, a micro-manager or an evil dictator, lots of people can tolerate a great job with a bad boss. However, if you don’t enjoy any part of your job and you can’t tolerate your boss, it’s time to look for another opportunity.

If you can check yes next to all of these job problems, it is absolutely time to take a look at your options. Taking a leap into the job market can be scary. Don’t face it alone. Call a Career Coach today to help you get on the right path to job fulfillment. 

By |2014-05-20T12:54:46-05:00May 20th, 2014|career consultation services, career search, How to Be Happy at Work|Comments Off on How Do You Know When it is Time to Look for Another Opportunity?

Getting Stuck? 3 Ways to Boost Productivity

Has your workload increased due to a promotion or surviving layoffs? How are you handling your extra workload? How do you manage to not loose your mind in an office overload?

Check out these 3 ways to boost your productivity…

  • Embrace your productivity methods – How do you like to get organized in order to complete tasks? Whether you are the sticky-note queen or the stack master, when it comes to productivity there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Keep track of your progress and efficiency with the technique that works for you. After completing a few tasks, if you think there is room for improvement, don’t be afraid to try a new organization technique.
  • Prevent brain ADD – It’s easy to get off task, especially when you have so much on your plate. Often, where there is an excessive amount of tasks on a to-do list, people completely stray into non-productivity. How do you take charge of everything in your head? Start by writing down all of your ideas, to-dos, and tasks to complete. By doing so, you clear you psychic desk and bring immediate relaxation to your jumbled brain. Then, start with what is most important or something you can do quickly to begin checking off your list.
  • Don’t be afraid to take breaks – Just because you have an overwhelming amount on your to-do list doesn’t mean that you can’t take a break to clear your mind. Schedule a walk or get a pedicure at lunchtime. Commit to clearing your calendar for even an hour. You’ll feel re-energized when you head back into the office.

For help and more ways to improve your productivity, call Career Find.

We can help with all of your career needs.

By |2014-04-28T17:05:23-05:00April 28th, 2014|career consultation services, How to Be Happy at Work, How to Keep Your Job|Comments Off on Getting Stuck? 3 Ways to Boost Productivity

Top 5 Errors To Avoid While on the Job Hunt

It is easy to make an error when preparing for your job hunt.  However even little mistakes can be very costly, especially in a very competitive environment. Common misspellings aside, here are 5 common job search errors to avoid:

  • It’s not all about you – While finding a job may seem all about you, it isn’t for the employer. Your potential employers are looking to grow their business with the right team that needs the least amount of training and can help improve the bottom line. Instead of focusing on the “why I need this job”, focus on how you can provide value to the company.
  • You have on blinders – When you are looking for a job, don’t be afraid to interview with several companies at once. This way, you can be ready for any opportunity and are able to brush off disappointments that come along in the job search process.
  • You forget the Thank You note – If you are rejected for a job, you should still send a thank you note. What? Yes! By thanking the employer for the opportunity and wishing them well, you open yourself up for future opportunities within that company.
  • You forgot to double check your ‘real’ reputation – Only give out references that you’ve prescreened. Don’t forget to Google yourself occasionally because the person interviewing you will. Lastly, use your personal email on your resume, not your current employer’s email account. It sends the wrong message.
  • You don’t have a clear strategy – When submitting resumes for several companies or industries, you need to tailor every submission like it is the most important. Have a plan of attack to help keep yourself organized and on schedule in order not to miss a step in the follow-up job search process.
By |2014-04-15T13:27:02-05:00April 15th, 2014|career consultation services, career search, Interview Prep, Job Search, Resume|Comments Off on Top 5 Errors To Avoid While on the Job Hunt
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