Elevator Pitch

The classic definition of an elevator pitch (or an elevator speech) is to describe yourself, your product or service to someone within the span of an elevator ride. This means your elevator pitch needs to be summarized to someone within thirty seconds or a minute. For our friends from Commonwealth nations, an elevator is the same as a lift.

In your Kinzaa profile, the “Description” field at the top right of your “Edit Profile” page is provided for your elevator pitch. We have restricted this to 3000 characters. All the hiring managers we’ve talked to have said they want to see short and direct pitches, so our recommendation is to keep it short.

Here are some examples of elevator pitches that can go into your “Description” field. All are from existing members of Kinzaa:

This is a wonderful one from a teacher:
Helping develop lifelong learners and passionate readers.

From a technical marketing engineer:
I work at the intersection of business and technology, bringing innovative products to market.

Here is a longer one which I like as well:
I am a seasoned sales and marketing professional with management experience. My background has been molded through years of proven success while in the employ of some of the largest and most influential organizations. I also possess a business mentality and prowess which is a product of the Bachelor’s in Business degree that I have earned as well as from my roles in management and sales. My current objective is to utilize my experience and background for a company that offers opportunities for growth by achieving the company’s business goals and expectations.

The key here is to get someone reading your description interested enough to move on to read the rest of your profile. You don’t want to sound desperate. You definitely don’t want to put someone reading your description to sleep by having it be super-long.

Keep it positive, and keep it short.

Good luck!

What are my skills?

As we’ve mentioned in our FAQ, research has shown that for a perfect job match, the following four items matter:

a. Skills
b. Experience
c. Personality
d. Objectives

We have built Kinzaa around these four factors. I’m going to write about these four items in more detail, starting with skills first.

If you want to get a job, it goes without saying that you need to have the skills to perform. Your potential employer is going to look for recruits or job-seekers with certain skills. You, the job-seeker need to highlight those skills.

Kinzaa has been designed to allow recruits to find their perfect job. When you fill out the skills section of your profile, think very carefully about what you are good at.  If you are a new grad, don’t fret; you still have skills. Think about the skills you gained in class. If you took courses in literature, perhaps critical thinking is your forte. Analysis, writing. These are great skills to have.

If you were a computer science student, then your skills might be in the various computer languages such as C++, Python, etc. Don’t forget about the skills you learned while you doing summer jobs or internships as well. These are very important and employers pay a lot of attention to these. What were you doing the summer of your junior year? What did you learn? If you worked at the local mall, then how about customer service?

Skills are the most important thing a potential employer is looking for, which is why it is highlighted on your Kinzaa infographic resumé. Please take the utmost care in filling these out.

Good luck!

Questions or comments? Please let us know.

EDIT: Found another great article here on transferable skills. Please consider this before creating your infographic profile on Kinzaa.