In the course of my work as a career coach and job search consultant, I meet new people all of the time. As a result, I have heard lots of “elevator speeches” and lots of personal introductions. In fact, I often start a typical conversation with the opener, “So, tell me about yourself,” just to see what the individual with whom I am meeting will say. Related: 5 Things EVERY Brand Needs To Succeed My personal observation is that the individual who starts with his work history from 1983 is likely going to bore me before very long. I am too polite (I hope) to let it show, but when I ask that question, I am not interested in the person’s 20 or 30 year work history. I know it may sound like I am, but that is not what I want to hear. I don’t intend it to be a trick question either. I find, however, that the way a person answers the question, “So, tell me about yourself,” is very telling, and may explain why they are still on the job market. Here is what I want to hear when I ask that question, and I suspect your future employer would want to know this, too.
Networking is the #1 way to get a job. If you want people to remember you, then it’s important to have a powerful first impression. You can do this through your introduction. QUIZ: What Kind Of Networker Are You? However, if you’re not prepared, it’s easy to get flustered when introducing yourself to new people, especially if you’re already feeling intimidated. To avoid this, you must prepare. Here are some tips for crafting a perfect introduction: