The Graduate Gazette
A Bi-weekly Newsletter for Marymount's Graduate Students

December 12th, 2013 Edition

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Perfecting Your Personal Pitch

A personal pitch is a short summary that you use to effectively define yourself to others and to clarify what you are looking for as a professional. It is an important part of your personal brand because your personal pitch should sell you successfully to prospective employers.


The elevator pitch should include who you are, what your work experience is, and why someone should hire you. In other words, it should include what makes you unique from others. You should clearly state what you have studied, where you have worked previously or where you are working currently, and what you are looking for right at that moment. The elevator pitch shouldn't be long; aim for a clear, but concise thirty to sixty seconds long. 


Drafting a great personal pitch comes with practice, so don't try to rush it.  While introducing who you are and what you currently do is easy, explaining the impact you made in your current or previous organization and where you plan to head with your career in a few short words can be a bit trickier. After practicing your initial pitch in front of the mirror first, practice it with other people to make it more natural and get honest feedback.  Furthermore, remember that a personal pitch is something that is always evolving as you gain new and more diverse experience.  Take the time to self reflect on how your most recent experiences have influenced you before jumping in!  And, as always, come see a Career Coach in Career Services for support in refining your content.

Jobs4Saints Highlights
A Selection of Postings Based on MU Grad Programs
Make the Most of Career Services! 
Things to know for the end of the semester and next year
Too overwhelmed with exams to make it to our office in the next week? Don't worry! The Center for Career Services will be open through Friday, December 20th, 2013.  Call 703-284-5960 to set up an appointment.  We will also be in the office the week before Spring 2014 classes begin, so if you are back in the area early, start the new year off right and come see us before your schedule gets too busy!  


This fall, Career Services offered FIVE student groups $50 in financial support so
 that they could host a well-funded, career-related event for their club.  Want to be
 the next organization to receive FREE MONEY for a spring 2014 career-related event?  Learn more about how to partner with us here!
Career Services has already lined up a jam packed calendar of career-related workshops and events for next semester. Take a look at the upcoming industry panels and mark your calendars for our educational workshops now!  See the full list of Spring 2014 Career Services Events here.
Center for Career Services
Suite 1005, Rowley Hall

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