Empowering Migrants for Employment EME


Best practices

The elevator pitch – a method for recognising and presenting one’s skills

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The good practice in a nutshell

An elevator pitch is a short introduction speech (from 30 seconds to 3 minutes) for telling about oneself and one’s skills during, for example, a job interview. The pitch can be rehearsed in a group or by each person individually and also filmed. To get started, the participant can write a brief piece of text answering the questions below. After that, (s)he can start rehearsing the speech.

An elevator pitch typically answers these questions:

  • Who are you?
  • What is your educational background?
  • What work experience do you have?
  • Characterise yourself as an employee: what are your skills?
  • Which of your skills would you like to utilise in this job?
  • What are your career goals? What do you dream of?
  • How would your friends, colleagues, or teachers characterise you?

Developer or user

Finnish Catch Up With Work project in 2017-2019.

Target group

Job-seeking immigrants and their mentors/tutors/trainers

Why it is needed

The tool makes it easier for job-seeking immigrants to recognise their skills and learn how to describe their skills in the official language of the country.


The method requires:

  • a group and a mentor/tutor/trainer (but the method can also be used on one’s own)
  • a mobile phone for filming
  • a list of suggested questions that the speech answers

Expected outcomes

  • Afterward, the participants are able to describe their skills, work experience, and education in the official language of the country.
  • The participants learn vocabulary needed in applying for a job.
  • The participants recognise their skills. This may enhance their self-confidence.
  • If the elevator pitch is filmed, it can be attached to a job application.

‘Do’s and ‘don’t’s

  • In the group, practise getting feedback from others together.
  • As a tutor/mentor/trainer, explain the method very clearly and help the participants with the text.
  • Be supportive, and do not criticise the videos.


This tool can be used in every country, in either one-on-one or group guidance.

Quotes from the other project partners

‘The search for a job is not easy in the beginning. There is always a need to present yourself in the country’s official language for a job interview.’ (EVA bxl, Belgium)