…the elevator, hallway, chance meeting
at a wedding pitch…

Elevators are usually small, sometimes crowded, often-awkward places in our daily lives, and I’ve always wondered how many ‘elevator pitches’ actually happen in elevators.

Whether it’s an elevator, in line for coffee or a chance meeting at a wedding, a well crafted and delivered 30 second, or 200-word statement about your background, accomplishments, and potential contributions to an organization is a ‘must have’ in the job search arsenal. It needs to be specific, to the point, and memorable.

Job Search expert Howard Figler, encourages us to look for opportunities to interact with people and in places that may not seem obvious in their connection to employment. Maybe it’s an old friend, or enemy; or relative in some obscure business. Maybe its someone on a train or bus who you happen to bump into and there’s chemistry. Sometimes it’s just a feeling.

Howard writes in The Complete Job Search Handbook about the “Zen of job hunting” i.e. and following through on these feelings which go beyond reason. It can pay off with fruitful discussions and new discoveries for us.


Analyze your elevator pitch. Does it communicate not only what you do and your business, but also what makes you unique and relevant as a professional? Say it aloud so it can come off polished and genuine.

Thomas Bachhuber, Ed.D., President of the Board and Executive DirectorThomas Bachhuber, Ed.D.
President of the Board and Executive Director for The Center for Life Transitions. Tom is responsible for overall Center leadership and strategy. His individual coaching/counseling as well as workshops and retreats focus on integrating leading career development ideas with spiritual exploration. Read more.