Career advice

Brush up on your pitch

The elevator pitch has become shorthand for the brief statement used as an introduction in a professional context.

RCN Bulletin Jobs Fair provides a good opportunity to sell yourself to potential employers

Picture credit: Neil O’Connor

The idea is that you find yourself in an elevator with the chief executive of the company, or someone you want to impress, who asks you about yourself. You have 30 seconds to make an impression.

For nurses attending the forthcoming London jobs fair, that 30-second impression could lead to the ideal job. The approach can involve four distinct phases:

What you call yourself. This can be an official title and grade or a more general term.

The length of your experience.

Where you are practising.

Your patient group or team.

For example, this could be: ‘I am an oncology nurse with ten years’ experience working in a teaching hospital, primarily with surgical


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