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Perfecting your 30 Second Elevator Speech

The military uses preparation and training to ensure service members are ready for any situation they find themselves in. If you are considering leaving the military, now is the time to put that sort of training into use to find a civilian job.

Imagine you find yourself in an elevator with the CEO of the company you want to work for. What would you say? How would you introduce yourself? Would you stay quiet? This is a huge opportunity and you need to learn how to take advantage of it. Your hypothetical elevator can occur anywhere — in a store while you are shopping, playing golf, waiting for your kids at school. Everyone you meet is a potential contact and might produce a lead for you that could turn into a real job or career. Once you start to see your world in this way, you will begin to understand why perfecting your 30-second speech is so important.

Many advertisers place a huge value on being able to sell something with the least amount of words. Everything from movies, cars, and kids' cereal is sold in this way. The idea is that by taking the topic down to the essence, you can then later elaborate upon the product more clearly and effectively. In this case...the product is you.

Keep this technique in mind while you are preparing and perfecting your 30-second elevator speech. In your speech, you will want to tell the other person who you are, what experience and training you have and what you can offer their company. You want this to sound natural so you will need to practice your 30-second elevator speech with a friend or in the mirror.

Things to include in your thirty second elevator speech include your name, your past experience and training, your education, what your goals are and how you can best fulfill the needs of the company. You want your elevator speech to be interesting enough that the employer will start asking you questions. If you have recited your elevator speech but had no interruptions from your listener showing that they would like to know more, you need to go back to the drawing board and craft another elevator speech. The more times you do this, the better your chances are of perfecting it.

Things to leave out of your elevator speech would include military jargon, extra personal information, lengthy technical explanations and the reasons why you are leaving the military.

Through practice and trial and error, you will craft a great 30-second elevator speech. Then when you you find yourself next to someone with a few seconds to spare, you will be prepared to fill the silence with information that might just land you a great job.

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