On 8th and 9th of February we will be back with our second big event, the speeddate event with our partners! It is the perfect opportunity to meet your future employer.  The deadline of this event has expired… No worries! We will definitely host a third one. It is all about networking, because ‘Your Network Is Your Net Worth!’.

Why do I need an elevator pitch? An elevator pitch is a short presentation about yourself, telling about your added value in up to 60 seconds. During events, you are exposed to loads of opportunities and you want to impress everyone that could potentially be your new employer. So… How to sell yourself? How to show the best version of yourself? In this article, I have broken down this post into different points to make this (and other) event a success.

Be confident.

Show them, and it is all about role play. Think through why you are good for the job and make a list of your best qualities and strengths. Be prepared to market yourself as the best candidate. I know… It may be uncomfortable, but don’t you dare to think that over-selling could coming across arrogant. You are proud of your professional career. You are simply convincing them that you are the right candidate and why you would be an asset to their team.

Be unique.

Stand out from the crowd! Focus on the uncommon things you have to offer. You are one-of-a-kind and no other person is like you. There are a bunch of other people with the same master degree. So, why should they hire you? Think out of the box. And remember, you are probably more unique than you might think.

Search for a conversation starter.

Start a conversation that leads where you want it to. A first impression is paramount. Our tip: Do your research! Who is sitting in front of you? And besides a professional career, what are his/hers hobbies? In other words: search for a good conversation starter. Search for comparisons and spend time on social media. You see a Facebook picture of your interviewer sailing?  You like sailing? Talk about sailing! This is definitely  the best tip we can give you to have a successful speeddate / network event / interview.

– By Dave van der Heiden