Are you ready to introduce yourself in person should the perfect unexpected chance meeting greet you today? Do you know what you are looking for? Can you convey it, with focus, in writing?
Building social and networking relationships is one of those smart moves you’ve heard about dozens of times. But unless you can do it, and do it well, it won’t have the effect you are hoping for. Curran and Greenwald (Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads) site two items for your career toolbox that are essential to building these relationships – the elevator speech and the eyeball paragraph.
Elevator speech. A thirty-second introduction to the “woman wearing a jacket bearing the logo of one of the city’s four major newspapers” who just happens to be seated on the subway next to you. Would you be able to make the most of this chance meeting with someone who likely has a connection to a place where you’d love to be working?
Eyeball paragraph. A concise e-mail message to the referral you just got from your teammates father. Are you able to write a personal, to-the-point message that conveys who you are, why you are writing, and what you are looking for? In three to four sentences?
We can help you compose and practice these speeches and paragraphs when you connect with your grocer or next door neighbor, your faculty advisor, a business associate of your relatives, or your summer camp director. Stop by and let us know you are looking for a little coaching in these matters.
By the way, that subway encounter I mentioned above happened to Sharon (not me). You can read all about it and other chance meetings that opened doors and windows for people just like you in Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads.
Sharon M. Givler, director, career development