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Saturday, August 10 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Tell Me About Yourself: Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch

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Almost every interview has a version of the request, “Tell Me About Yourself.” People often have trouble articulating their journey and how it has made them a great employee. After my recent experiences having to answer it myself innumerable times as well as mentoring others at all career levels, I have developed tips for turning vague stories into a polished pitch. As a software engineer who went to art school, it’s critical that I articulate my skills clearly before I am dismissed by technical recruiters. This workshop starts with a presentation, but then quickly becomes interactive. I start with a warm-up question, then ask for a volunteer to tell their story. I give direct feedback which helps everyone absorb the main points by connecting it with the live example.

The key takeaways are: Everyone is better than they were before. At every job you were in, you learned something, even if technically you moved laterally or even down. If you worked as a barista, you learned customer service, multi-tasking and problem solving. Your skills are more important than how you used them. Instead of focusing on the task (e.g. folding clothes at a retail store), turn it into the skill (in that example, attention to detail and quality control). Remember that you are interviewing them as well. If a manager cannot appreciate your diverse skills, find the one who can.

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Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Acacia A&B