It's always a good idea to take a few moments to review your thoughts. Are they positive? Do you convey enthusiasm and excitement? Are are you fatigued and frustrated from your long job search?
Whatever is going on in your mind is being conveyed to potential employers whether you realize it or not. You may believe that you are better than anyone at hiding your true feelings, but it's important to realize that they will shine through during the interview process. They might come through in your tone, your energy level or the way you describe a past employer. If you believe you have been treated unfairly in the past, it will show up in your responses unless you do some work to let the past injustice go and move forward in a positive direction.
You might want to ask a trusted friend to give you some honest feedback. It will be well worth the discomfort it may cause for you to see how you are coming across to others and taking steps to improve those impressions.
The other day, someone asked me what I do. The first thing I said was, "I help people identify their strengths and passions and land their dream job." That's a little shorter than the 60-second "elevator speech" we are advised to prepare, but it sums up what I do, and opens the door for more conversation. The person might then ask, "How do you do that?" or say, "Wow, I could really use some help finding my dream job" or, "I know someone who could really benefit from that." Any number of things are possible!
That's what is so exciting about delivering your "elevator speech". A well-crafted description of what you do or what you want to do opens up endless possibilities. It might get you a new contact that you can add to your network. It might result in a new client, a job interview or even a new career!
Spend a half hour today thinking about what you do and how you might describe it in a way that summarizes its benefits to others. Practice saying it and see if it feels right to you. Once you get it right, say it over and over again each day and watch for the results it produces in your life.
Create Your Future
Within each of us lies the potential to do great things. For most of us, the right tools are all we need. With them, we can discover the work we were meant to do. My passion is helping others design and create the lives they have only imagined.