Preparing Your Introduction

It is critical that you prepare your introduction to employers. Some people call this your 30 second commercial or elevator pitch.

To develop your introduction, think about your strong points, your goals, the company and where you want to go within the company. Make sure you PRACTICE this introduction to ensure that you make an excellent first impression. Practicing the introduction doesn’t mean that it should sound memorized or rehearsed. You want your introduction to be polished and natural.

Preparing your Introduction:

  • Include your relevant skills and goals. You may want to include your major and year in school.
  • Rehearse your introduction out loud.
  • Remember to give a firm handshake, good eye contact and smile. Look like you are happy to be having a conversation with this individual.
  • Watch the Career Spots video on “Elevator Pitch” for do’s and don’ts.

    Sample Introductions:
    Hi, my name is Jane Doe. I am a junior majoring in Marketing. I have extensive marketing coursework as well as 2 years experience in a professional setting working as an office manager assistant. I also have been involved with Southwest Marketing Advisory Center which has given me marketing research experience. This summer I hope to secure a related internship. I was wondering if you could tell me a little more about the marketing internship posted on your website.

    Hi my name is John Smith. I am a senior double majoring in finance and accounting. I’m really interested in working for your company because it’s been ranked as a leader in finance industry for innovation. I’ve completed a corporate finance internship and would like to find out more about the opportunities you have within your finance department.

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