Career Services Promotes the 30-Second Pitch

Posted: February 4, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: February 4, 2010 at 9:27 am

By Lesley Perez, Communications Specialist, University Career Services

Career fairs are a great opportunity for students to meet employers in person, but at these events, time is not on their side. That’s why the focus in Career Services this semester is on a 30-second pitch.

Before students attend the Internship and Job Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 24, and Thursday, Feb. 25, faculty members can help ensure that students have a 30-second introduction ready to share with employers they are interested in approaching.

A good pitch should do the following:

  • Highlight the type of position or experience the student is seeking
  • Cover educational background and related strengths
  • Contain an example of an accomplishment illustrating relevant skills
  • Ask the employer for information (i.e., jobs, internships, hiring)
  • End with a follow-up plan

For examples of strong pitches visit the Prepare for the Fair page.

You can also help students stand out by encouraging them to research employers who will be  attending this semester’s fair. Employers have stated that students who have researched them make a significantly stronger impact than those who do not.

In addition, Career Services offers workshops and a Resume Clinic to inform students about what to expect at the fair and how to deliver a solid resume.

This spring’s fair will be held in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

After the fair, Career Services is ready to help students follow up on their job or internship search. Visit University Career Services for more information and resources.

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