You have the recruiter’s attention for a brief time, make sure you make the most of it! You need a strong opening introduction that communicates who you are, what your skills are, and the types of positions you are interested in. Come up with a short pitch (20-30 seconds); identify your skillset in a concise manner and be able to communicate that clearly to the employer(s). They will usually ask you something like, “tell me a little about yourself,” or “what is your background?” This is the perfect time for your pitch. Here are a few examples:
“I’m a graduating MLIS student at the University of Washington originally from the Bay Area. I’m very interested in information organization and have taken a few classes on knowledge organization and taxonomy. I am currently looking for a full-time job where I can develop that skill-set a little further.”
“I’m a current junior at UW studying informatics. Last summer I worked as a BI Intern at a small tech company in Bellevue and I’m hoping to take some of the skills I have learned and apply them to a data science internship this upcoming summer break.”
Using a brief statement with just enough details opens up the room for additional questions and will allow you to further elaborate on your experience without getting into too much detail up front.
Don’t be afraid to practice your intro with your classmates or with an advisor!
Do you have experience creating an app, website, visual design, coding project, or something else digital? Consider bringing your mobile phone or a small tablet so that you can show recruiters examples of projects you have worked on.