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Me in 30 Seconds for job hunters



Your “Me in 30 Seconds”,

Email to my best Friend, 

or Elevator Speech

Keep your “Me in 30 Seconds” statement brief. People generally listen effectively only 30 to 60 seconds, and they appreciate concise responses to questions. This indicates that you are clearly focused and waste no time getting to the point.

  • Speak in the present tense to show that your skills are current and applicable in today’s market.
  • Remember your audience. Adjust the level of detail and industry jargon you use according to the interest and experience of the person you are addressing.
  • Avoid common claims such as: “I’m trustworthy, loyal, helpful, courteous, kind,” and so on. Not only are these claims made by most job seekers, but without detailed examples, they don’t convey your value to a potential employer.
  • Make your “Me in 30 Seconds” statement natural.

It is a genuine form of communication that will help you organize everything you are into brief, coherent thoughts.

Adapted from an article at to ad information on elevator speech. Thanks- meljr

  1. Your “Me in 30 Seconds” statement is a simple way to present to employers, friends, or people you meet, a balanced understanding of who you are. It is a brief but compelling answer to the question “Why should I hire you?” It is also a simple way to tell everyone you meet that you are looking for a job and what kind.
  1. Your “Me in 30 Seconds” has three main elements.
    • Prove your value
    • Indicate the type of work you are seeking
    • Ask for help or a referral
  1. “Prove your value” by addressing the following elements:
    • Education/Certifications
    • Years of  or amount of Experience
    • Validation and/or quantifiable results
    • Passions; what you’re good at/what you like to do within your profession
    • Ask for help or a referral
  2. Indicate the type of work you are seeking
    • Keep it short; one sentence
    • Say it at the end of your “Me in 30 Seconds”
    • Give the reader/listener a specific job title to remember
  3. The following “Me in 30 Seconds” examples have been color coded to match up with the color
    coded elements used above under number 3, “Prove your value”:

    • I have a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, with fifteen years experience in the manufacturing industry. My passion is in solving problems and improving processes to streamline business, eliminate waste, and cut costs. I once saved my company $10 million through a single capacity analysis. I’ve been an integral part of certifying the Boeing 747, 767 and 777 for safety and FAA compliance. I’m looking for a position in the manufacturing industry as an Industrial Engineer. Do you know anyone looking for someone like this?
    • I’m an effective leader and mentor with a passion for counseling job seekers to make sure they have the right tools in place for success. I have an MBA with an emphasis in Human Resources Management, and ten years experience in the industry. My main expertise lies in resume writing, job interviewing methods, and networking techniques. I have a proven track record of success in placing people in positions to succeed in their job searches and through my counseling, my clients have consistently found desirable positions 53% faster than through other agencies. I’m seeking a position as an Executive Recruiter. Who do you know that works in your Human Resource department?
    • I’m a skilled driver with a Class A CDL with both Hazmat and doubles endorsments. I have over ten years experience, with a perfect safety record, logging more than 750,000 miles and over 13,000 hours behind the wheel. I love to drive and enjoy being on the road doing long distance hauls. I’ve hauled many different kinds of loads, including auto parts, perishable foods, cars and furniture. I know all the elements of
      the transportation industry, having co-owned a successful trucking company for five years; hiring, training and managing the operations.
      I’m looking for a position within the trucking industry as an operations manager. Who do you know who works in the trucking business?
  1. This is your “Me in 30 Seconds” statement. You need to know this well enough to present at any time to any person. Also this can be part of your “Email to my Best Friend”. Sent it or give it to as many people you can think of.

Some other examples of “Me in 30 Seconds” statements:

“My name is Randy Patterson, and I’m currently looking for a job in youth services. I have 10 years of experience working with youth agencies. I have a bachelor’s degree in outdoor education. I raise money, train leaders, and organize units. I have raised over $100,000 each of the last six years. I consider myself a good public speaker, and I have a good sense of humor. “Who do you know who works with youth?”

“My name is Lucas Martin, and I enjoy meeting new people and finding ways to help them have an uplifting experience. I have had a variety of customer service opportunities, through which I was able to have fewer returned products and increased repeat customers, when compared with co-workers. I am dedicated, outgoing, and a team player. Who could I speak with in your customer service department about your organization’s customer service needs?”

“My name is Stephen Rioux, and I am currently looking for a job in Human Resource Management.  I have 12 years of experience in managing and leading others.  I am currently working on my Bachelors degree at DeVry University in Human Resource Management.  I have managed stores ranging from $300,000 to over a million dollars.  I have hired, recruited and trained top sales performers in various types of environments and have mentored several people into managerial careers.  I consider myself to have great people skills and have a good sense of humor.”  “Who do you know that works in Human Resource?”