Assignment: Creating Your Professional Elevator Story
Throughout this program of study, the importance of professional networking for further developing your I/O career has been emphasized. An important tool in your professional networking toolbox is your elevator story. An elevator story is a short, well-prepared, and polished description of what it is that you do as an I/O professional. If you were in an elevator riding to the twentieth floor of a building and someone also riding on the elevator were to ask you, "So, what do you do?" What would your response be? That is your elevator story. A very concise (you have to finish it before the elevator reaches the twentieth floor), yet detailed descriptive of how you envision your specific role as an I/O professional. It has to be worded in such a way as to be easily understood by someone who doesn't know anything about I/O Psychology. A well-crafted and effective elevator story tells people who you are professionally; what problems you can solve; and what expertise you have to offer. An elevator story, delivered properly, should seem to flow effortlessly and without a lot of premeditated thought. While it may seem effortless and spontaneous, it actually takes a lot of forethought and rehearsal to be able to deliver an elevator story. In this assignment, you will develop your elevator story.
• To begin, reflect on each course you have taken in this program. What were the top two or three main ideas you learned from each course? Write a sentence or two describing the main idea from each of your courses.
• Next, reflect on your own personal strengths and interests. What is it you are most passionate about from all the concepts you have studied in this program? Why? Write a paragraph or two describing your passion.
• Integrate the above sentences and thoughts into a cohesive narrative.
• Finally, edit your narrative until it is no longer than 100 words, yet still encompasses the essence of your knowledge, personal strengths, and interests. This 100-word narrative is now your current elevator story.
Write a 2- to 3-page paper in a Microsoft Word format, utilizing at least three professional literature sources.
Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
1. The answer should be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
2. The response also include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student's name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
3. Also Include a reference page. The Citations and references should follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.