Applications for internships and jobs are approaching, one of the first tasks on your to-do list should be crafting an ideal “elevator pitch.” It’s the 30-second speech that summarizes who you are, what you do and why you’d be a perfect candidate.

But it can be intimidating to fill all your education, experiences, and professional opportunities in 30 seconds. How on Earth do you do this?! No worries, with these 5 tips, you’ll be landing your dream job or internship in no time.

1) Be Confident

This is the first — and the most important — step. If you are not confident and believe that you deserve the job, the employer won’t either. Speak clearly, confidently, and with purpose. Truly believe and convey that you are the best candidate for the position, and you’ve already won half the battle. Your tone and attitude will tell more to the employer than you know.

2) Keep the Goal in Mind

Of course, it’s impossible to recount all your amazing credentials in 30-seconds, so keep what position, job, or internship you want in mind when giving your speech. The experiences you would talk about for an internship on The Hill is very different than the experiences for an accounting firm. Know what credentials and skills employers are looking for in different fields and adjust your speech accordingly.

3) Create a Hook

Make a first statement that makes your memorable! Those first few seconds are what could make you stand out from the sea of other applicants. Whether it’s a clever saying, an interest statement, or a fun joke, make yourself different from everyone else. This will immediately spark the recruiter or interviewers interest.

4) Don’t Just Recite Your Resume

It’s easy to just simply recite your entire resume when giving your elevator speech. But there’s a reason why they want a speech instead of your resume. They want to see your personality!! Let them see more than just your technical side. People want to work with those with personalities, so show yours.

5) Keep it Spontaneous

Don’t recite your speech so much that you sound like a robot when you give it to a recruiter. Remember to breathe and be yourself! You’ve done so much and are qualified, so be confident and show them what a Future Female Leader looks like!

Corinne C
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Corinne loves late night reading, caramel lattes and everything to do with elephants. She thoroughly believes in life, liberty, and the pursuit of sassiness.