Networking statement are 30-60 second introductions used to describe yourself when starting a conversation with someone that you would like to network with. Networking statements can also be referred to as an elevator pitch or job seeker summary.
Creating a Networking statement can help to make introducing yourself to strangers easier.
You do not want to undersell yourself when communicating to potential employers.
Your summary highlights what makes you stand out from other job seekers, ask yourself:
- What did I do in my job better than anyone else?
- What workplace accomplishments make me feel proud?
- What are my top skills and when did I use them?
- What was the result of my actions or what did I learn?
- What value or benefit can I bring to an organization?
Writing Your Networking Statement
A good networking statement includes the following parts:
Who you are
- Begin your networking statement with a greeting
- Introduce yourself using your first and last name
- State your field or position of interest
What you can offer an employer
- Years of experience
- Skills and strengths
- Awards or recognition received and why
A Request for assistance
- Names of employers you can contact
- Feedback on your resume
- Setting up an information interview
- Ask if you can send your resume to the company to keep on file for current or future job opportunities
Delivering your Networking Statement
It is important to practice your statement and try to remember key words or points instead of memorizing everything word for word. You want the statement to sound natural and to be able to alter it depending on the situation.
Monitor your body language and tone
- Make eye contact
- Use a firm handshake
- Stand up straight and try not to fidget
- Speak clearly with confidence and enthusiasm
“Good morning! My name is Judy Smith and I am customer service representative with 4 years’ experience working at a call centre. I am currently looking for new opportunities in the Halton area. I have received multiple awards from my employers for consistently exceeding my customer service satisfaction ratings. I have a proven track record of answering more than 70 calls per day. Would you be able to review my resume and provide me with some advice on my job search?”
You could use the following worksheet when creating your networking statement.
Hello! My name is _______________ and I am a [job title] ______________________ with [#] ____ years of experience in the [industries/sector] _______________________. I have expertise in _______________________________________________. I have a [certificate, license, diploma, degree etc.] in ___________________________________ and I am working toward completing [if applicable- educational or training programs] ________________________________________.
I have [state 1-3 accomplishments]
[And/or] Others would describe me as __________________, _________________, and _________________.
Would you be able to review my resume and provide me with some advice on my job search?”