Management Tip of the Day: Perfect your "elevator pitch"

Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:42am EST
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Long before you sit down for a job interview you should practice making your succinct but perfect "pitch" to anyone who will listen, from your pets on up, says says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"To find a job, you need to be ready to market yourself at any time. Make sure you're equipped with the right pitch - don't be afraid to toot your own horn, and don't waste time reiterating your resume.

Instead, state in one concrete sentence what makes you so effective. Talking about the impact you've had - and can continue to have - is much more compelling than listing your experience. For example, one assistant said of herself, 'I can make any boss shine.'

Speak at a pace that shows you are calm and confident. Practice your pitch often. And remember that jobs don't just come from interviews. Use any opportunity you have to deliver your pitch - at family gatherings, in waiting rooms, or at the coffee shop. Don't wait for the elevator."

- Today's management tip was adapted from the book, "Guide to Getting a Job."

<p>A man descends in an elevator at the Lloyds of London insurance building in the City of London, September 28, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Winning</p>