What is a one-page pitch?
The one-page pitch is a written elevator pitch. It allows you to show your aptitude for a position using as few words as possible. It's like they always say, time is money! In some cases, your one-page pitch will be the first written communication an employer will see from you so it needs to be spot on.
Read on for an example pitch and tips on writing your own...
What's the difference between a cover letter and a one-page pitch?
The two are similar as they are both short summaries that tell an employer why you're right for the job, but the difference is important. The one-page pitch should demonstrate your understanding of an employer and the job you are applying for - nothing else.
A cover letter is generally more detailed and used to inform an employer of your experience, skills and suitability. For more information about writing a cover letter, click here.
What does a one-page pitch look like?
A one-page pitch should be short, clearly formatted and be relevant to the position. Here's an example:
Dear Mr Homunculus,
I am applying for the position of Ride Attendant at Homunculus Park. I am undertaking a Cert IV in Health & Safety and understand the importance of patience, diligence and attention when helping young people onto rides. I have volunteered at the Folk Festival and have experience handling ticket systems. I live close to the city and can get to work early in the morning for opening.
When do I use a one-page pitch?
A one-page pitch is useful in any situation where you have a firm knowledge of the employer and position. It's an opportunity to show that you are interested in the job and taking it seriously. Put it in front of your résumé. The first thing an employer sees is easy to read, to the point and effective - a great first impression!
- Cherry pick your most relevant work experiences to mention in the one-page pitch. The rest can wait for your résumé.
- Keep it short and clear.
- Use engaging language, such as active voice and powerful verbs. This will get the reader's interest and keep them hooked.
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