Recently, I clicked on a free course on LinkedIn. If you haven't noticed, LinkedIn has been offering quite a few mini courses for free. About 90% of them have been very helpful information. I digress. The course was by Jodi Glickman. She talked about an elevator pitch. I thought, I'm not pitching anything; I'm not client facing right now, I'm not hunting for investors, this doesn't apply to me. So Glad I watched it. Most valuable 12 minutes I've spent in a long time.
What was clear from the course is this, I AM pitching myself. Every time I go for an interview I have those 1st few minutes to tell someone my intentions for this interaction. Sure, it's to get a job; more specifically the job you are offering. But am I clearly giving my intention for this job. For this company. For my career. For my goals. For my future. After listening to her speak, I went back through my head of the the conversations I've had over the last 30 days where I her instruction on "Pitching Myself" would have changed my current 30 days.
The key is to be clear with yourself about what you want the outcome to be. Where do you see yourself right now. Sure you want a job, you want a job with this company, but why? To do what? Not just "what you can do for them" but rather what are you driven to do because that's what YOU want to do. If you don't want to do it, once you are hired then the drive you told them you had will wain. Before you apply for another position with another company, take some time to get clear about what your true intention is for your next move.
Note: Jodi Glickman's Book 'Great on the Job' is a straight-forward Ah-Ha for your career. Check it out!