30 Second Oral Résumé
It is important to practice and ready your 30 second oral résumé as a response for the ever-present question, “Tell me about yourself.” Whether the question is asked in a social setting, an interview, or a networking event, a well-planned answer can set you apart from the crowd as well as spark additional conversation with the questioner. Begin preparing your oral résumé by following the tips below.
- Begin by brainstorming what you would want someone to know about you. Write down all of your ideas.
- Consider including the following information in your oral résumé:
- Job Objective
- Education and Training
- Accomplishments and Achievements
- Prior Employment
- Other Experience
- Narrow down your options—pick the top 5 things you want the questioner to know about you.
- Develop a paragraph that encompasses all of the things you wish to say.
- Practice makes perfect! Read aloud your résumé several times.
- Prepare more than one oral résumé for various situations
- Practice your résumé by calling your voicemail and later playing back the message—think about how it sounds and what you would like to change
- Make sure that your oral résumé will keep the reader’s attention
"Hi, my name is Joe Smith and I am a junior at the University of Evansville, majoring in mass communications. I am looking for an internship experience in technical writing at a local news station. Through my coursework, I have developed strong computer and analytical skills. While a staff writer at the University’s newspaper, The Crescent, I won the award for “Best Feature Article” in Indiana. My piece was also submitted nationally, where I was granted 3rd place. Last summer I worked as an intern at the Evansville Courier & Press to gain experience with print media. At the Courier & Press, I worked with the copy editor as well as the writing staff to gain perspective for both fields."