Do you have a personal elevator speech? Honest to god, I hope you don’t. Elevator speeches are needy, and as we’ve established before, no one wants to hire a needy person.
- Describe yourself in a clear and concise way to potential employers and clients.
- Understand your strengths and weaknesses.
- Don’t do business with anyone who will only give you 27 seconds to talk.
When someone asks me about Punk Rock HR, I keep it simple. That’s how conversation works and I don’t want to be rude. I say, “I’m a former HR professional. I provide anti-establishment career advice. I make money on the internet because the economy sucks.”
You want to talk more? Great. If not, let’s talk about something else. I don’t care. You shouldn’t care, either, because you are awesome and you don’t want to work for someone — either an employer or a client — who wants you to distill your existence into a soundbite.
Take that elevator speech everyone tells you to write about yourself and throw it down a flight of stairs.