How to Develop your Elevator Pitch


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Step 1
Introduce yourself
  • Introduce yourself

  • What do you do?

  • What is your major?

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Step 2
Define your capabilities and/or strengths
  • Use evidence and success stories
  • What experience do you have? 
  • How have you exercised these capabilities in the past?
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Step 3
State what you want to happen next
  • What are you hoping to gain from the interaction?

Best Practices for Networking

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  • Start with connections you already have: family members, colleagues, summer job supervisors, professors, or your friend’s parents. 
  • Use LinkedIn to connect with alumni working at companies you are interested in filter out by companies, locations, and industries of interest.
  • Schedule informational interviews to learn more about their work and how they have been successful.
  • This video is another great resource for coffee chats/informational interviews.

Use this blurb when connecting with alumni and new connections on LinkedIn: 

Dear XYZ, 

I just came across your profile, and since I am a senior at NYU Tandon, I started looking at (company name) and would love to hear about your experience there. Would you have a few minutes for a quick call in the coming days? Look forward to speaking with you!




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