As the world of business careens into the 21st century, old ideas about careers are constantly being reexamined. For many people, it has become productive to pitch themselves to their dream company. When you pitch yourself, you have the opportunity to tell your full story, describe how you can be useful, and show initiative and vision. If you decide to pitch yourself to a company, keep the following in mind:
– Start off by examining yourself. A good pitch involves a great deal of reflection. Figure out who you are, what you do, and what you can do for an employer. Look at your career and what you have accomplished. Be prepared to talk about your achievements and the projects you’ve worked on, but don’t neglect your relationships. If you’ve built a strong connection with your community or have a reputation as a good team member, those things may help you.
– Focus on your strengths. Make a list of your hard and soft skills, then find ways to draw connections between the accomplishments you describe in your story and those skills.
– Research. When you pitch yourself to a company, you bear a higher responsibility for knowing about its mission and operations. You’re coming to them, and they’re going to expect you to have an idea of how you’re going to fit in and help them. Look online, talk to employees, and ensure that your research is reflected in your pitch.
– Focus on what you’re going to do and not what you’ve done. In a traditional hiring setting, a great deal of importance is placed on your experience. When you pitch a company, you tell your story to establish who you are. However, you also need to spend a lot of time talking about how you can help the company. Go into detail about your dream role, and take the work of imagining how you might fit in off the hiring manager’s plate.