The elevator pitch is a great way to quickly get your point across and sell yourself without coming across as long-winded. Crafting that elevator pitch is a lot more difficult than you’d think, but Forbes talked with career coach Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio to find out exactly what it takes to write your own. It turns out it’s all about trimming the fat off your skill sheet and coming up with three well-crafted bullet points.
Thanasoulis-Cerrachio recommends a whittle-down method of honing your skill sheet. Start by writing out an entire page of the skills you’d share with a hiring manager. Then cut that down to half a page, then a quarter page, and finally down to just a few bullet points. This helps you cut away the fluff and get to the most important details you can convey. It’s good advice not just for an elevator pitch, but also for getting to the point quickly on cover letters and in interviews. Hit up the post on Forbes for a few more pieces of advice.