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The Ultimate Elevator Pitch 

In order to walk the walk, first you have to talk the talk

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All work and no play makes for an unsuccessful job hunt. Sure, staying at the office a few extra hours will help get the current work done, but how are you planning on moving up within your work space? Or how do you expect to meet other prospective employers? Staple and stamp the work you've finished, because now you're headed to the social business function. You never know who you'll meet, or what future job it'll bring.

We've all heard of the elevator pitch, that proposal quick enough to deliver if a potential investor ends up in an elevator with you. But the same principles apply when introducing yourself to a prospective employer in a less-constrained setting. The following tips are suggested by Forbes, which has the perfect pitch crafted to a T, so that you don't have to have that second cocktail to calm you down.

Clarify your job target: Clearly explain the type of position you want. No "hmms" or "maybes." If you can be clear with your needs, that's already a strong first step in the right direction.

Put it on paper: Write everything down that you want your employer to know, then edit the list down so it's only the essentials. Nobody needs to know you were the slam dunk champion in '01—unless it helps get you closer to your job target, then by all means. But a few key points should do it.

Tailor the pitch to them, not you: Focus on the employer's needs, and use benefit-focused terminology to make sure to articulate that you know what you're getting into, and that you know their brand.

Eliminate industry jargon: No one likes to feel dumb or uninformed. Using big language may seem appropriate, but it can turn a "yes" into a "no" very quickly. Think KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Read your pitch out loud: Reading work out loud can eliminate errors, and make the pitch feel more natural to the way that you speak. Writing is more formal, so speaking will scratch out any jargon or stiffness.

Prepare a few variations: Sometimes you truly only have an elevator ride of 15 seconds to pitch yourself to your dream boss, but other times you have an entire seven-minute cocktail conversation. If you have a few versions of your speech, you won't get struck on minute two.

Nail it with confidence: Look them in the eye, give a proper introduction and make a good first impression. If you're upbeat, you could mess up and they won't even notice.

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