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Career Center, Santa Clara University

Developing Your Elevator Speech

Imagine that you are in an elevator with someone in a profession, industry, or company that interests you. You have less than 30 seconds to share your background and capture that individual's interest. Similar opportunities arise at career fairs, networking events, and employer information sessions.


The elevator speech should address the following: 

Your Personal Brand

  • In one sentence articulate who you are in the context of your present situation.
  • Share one or two relevant skills developed from your experiences and academics.

What Have You Done?

  • Include one or two experiences that are relevant to what you're looking for. Include any work experience first and then other learning such as volunteer experience, leadership in clubs, and athletics.

What Are You Looking For?

  • Be open about what you want: a job, an internship, advice, connections, etc.

Arts & Sciences Majors

"Hi, I'm Bucky Bronco. I'm a senior at Santa Clara University majoring in English. I'm a great persuasive writer and have a passion for social media. I've been working at the school paper and have had a writing internship at Famous Magazine. I'd love to put my writing skills to work in the communications group of a tech company and would appreciate any advice you might have for someone about to graduate."

Engineering Majors

"Hi, I'm Betty Bronco, an electrical engineering student at Santa Clara University. I understand that you have an opening for a design engineer with experience in digital signal processing. I've done lab work in DSP and I've also had an internship at designing a processor for VoiP. With my technical skills and strong communication skills, I am sure I can make a contribution to your company. I'd love to explore this in more depth at a convenient time for you."

Business Majors

"Hi, I'm Bucky Bronco, a junior at Santa Clara University majoring in Finance. I'm also the school mascot at all sporting events and have a strong interest in the industry. I've done one finance internship at Bucking Rodeo and would really love a similar experience with the 49ers. Who would be the right person to talk to about an opportunity for a finance internship?"