Career Fair Tips: Elevator Pitches

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Welcome back to our Career Fair Tips series! In part two, we’ll cover elevator pitches. At Nucor Raw Materials Group, we like to get a sense of who you are from the moment you walk up to our table. We love it when students approach us with unique facts about themselves, a smile, and a purpose. Here are three tips to help you perfect your elevator pitch.

Answer the Who, What, Why, and Where

Who are you? What can you offer Nucor Raw Materials? Why are you interested in working or interning for us? Where do you see yourself in the future? Use these questions to guide your elevator pitch!

Start out by telling us your name, year at Miami, and major. Then, go into your accomplishments and skills that highlight how you will add value to our organization. Next, explain why you are interested in us and how this opportunity aligns with where you want to go in your career.

Keep It Short and Sweet

There’s a reason it’s called the “elevator pitch.” The average elevator ride lasts a minute or less. This is how long your pitch should be. Keep it short and to the point. Highlight the most important information, namely what makes you uniquely qualified for the position.

Practice Makes Perfect!

It’s perfectly normal to be nervous leading up to a career fair. Practicing your elevator pitch will give you the confidence you need to deliver it to us. Run it by yourself in front of a mirror. Record yourself on your phone so you can watch your pitch and make any needed adjustments. Ask a friend or family member for feedback. Use Big Interview if you prefer AI-based practice. Taking the time to master your pitch can make all the difference on the day of the career fair.

To close, here’s an example of a successful elevator pitch for a sales role…

“Hi, I’m Swoop! I’m a senior economics major in the Farmer College of Business. Last summer, I interned in the sales department at DJJ. Through my work at DJJ, and through my experience in the classroom at Miami, I’ve learned how to effectively manage relationships so I can close sales. I’m now interested in pursuing a sales role with Nucor Raw Materials because I want to help build upon Nucor’s culture. Could you please tell me about internship opportunities available with Nucor?”

Nucor Raw Materials is the presenting sponsor of Miami University’s 2023 Spring Career and Internship Fair. The fair is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15 from 1-5 p.m. in Millett Hall. It is the first of five fairs that will take place during the Spring Semester. To register for the Spring Career and Internship Fair, or to view the participating employers, visit Handshake.

Nucor is North America’s leading producer of steel and steel products. Also North America’s largest recycler, Nucor and its affiliates have operating facilities primarily in the United States and Canada. Nucor Raw Materials, formerly The David J. Joseph Company, is an industry leader in scrap metal brokerage, ferrous and nonferrous metal recycling, and transportation services. It is one of the largest scrap brokers in the United States and also has extensive international trade networks. Learn more about Nucor Raw Materials and its available opportunities by viewing its Handshake profile.