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New Introductions for the New Times

As they say, a good introduction makes a difference. Like many, I meet people personally and professionally in casual or formal situations. Introductions that stand out recently have a nice mix of personal and professional information with a glimpse of personality. Why so? Because hiring and networking has shifted. As a Recruiter, I’ve seen incredible changes. Hiring managers or casual acquaintances want more insight to the person they are meeting. They want to make a connection on a more authentic level. Our work life now collides more with our personal life and we meet people differently, so it may be time to take a quick assessment. Do you need to create an introduction, aka “elevator pitch” for yourself that reflects the new ways of hiring or meeting people?


I was recently asked to provide tips on how to create an elevator pitch for professional networking. Coincidentally, in the same week, I was asked how I would like to be introduced on a podcast appearance. I realized it was time to polish up my own pitch and the advice I give.


So here’s a few quick tips to help create an introduction for yourself or personalize a current one. To get started, I’ve included a few samples at the bottom which could be used for a casual meet or professional networking.





Introduction samples


In-person:

“Hi, I’m the neighbor Allison. I’m just networking and dropping off favorite flowers from my garden, but I’ve been known to work as an online Merchandiser for a new denim brand. How’s it going?”


Online or via Zoom:

It’s nice to e-meet. I’m an executive level PR director for a thriving organics product company. I’m open to networking and hearing about the industry. I enjoy work, family, hiking with my dogs…and I’ve been told I bake the best apple pie!”


In-person, or online:

Hi, I’m an entry-level Designer, looking for a creative opportunity. I love assisting, learning and challenges. My side hustle & internships have solidified my desire to grow in fashion. I’m gathering job search leads and tips - do you have any suggestions? If I can reciprocate and help you too, please let me know.”


When meeting various people in different settings, a brief, well–thought introduction can leave a positive impression and help remember someone. You’ll come across as organized and self-aware, hopefully leaving the other person engaged and intrigued. In the candidate/ recruiter/ hiring world, managers hire people they feel connected to. Your introduction serves as a conversation starter and allows you to steer the encounter as needed, whether you’re looking for an opportunity, professional networking or simply making a casual, personal meet. Tailor your introduction appropriately for the situation and impression you want to make. Keep your intro in your memory bank, and share it as needed. Happy networking!


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Article written by Lisa Hollister

About the Author

Lisa Hollister, PHR is the Founder of Talent Suede; a recruiting service, started 5 years ago. With 15 years of HR & fashion industry experience, Lisa specializes in sourcing top talent for creative and corporate apparel roles. She has adjusted her self-introductions for personal and professional situations. So far, so good!

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