Elevator pitches are those 30-second (or 128-word) opportunities to talk about yourself and why you matter. At a new job, consider giving the target of your speech a specific invitation to seek you out for your skills.
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We've talked about how to optimise your job-seeking elevator pitch before. The Muse has a great suggestion for modifying your speech once you get the job so you'll move forward in your career:
Before you set out to meet anyone, develop a 30-second pitch that concisely explains your role and responsibilities, followed by three bullet points that describe why your new contacts should seek you out. You could say, for example, "I'm the new senior supply chain manager, responsible for supplier sourcing, strategic planning, and quality control. Come directly to me whenever you need help with pricing or supplier negotiations or if you have a question about the global commodities market.
Share your commercial when you meet new colleagues to educate them about your new role, the value that you add, and why they should come to you. By consistently introducing yourself this way, you can set yourself up as a credible authority and go-to expert in areas even beyond your job description. Then, people will realise they can come to for the bigger-picture, more strategic stuff.
Check out the link for other quick tips to move ahead at a new job.