Do you SQ3R?

Have you ever heard of the acronym SQ3R?  or SQ4R?

It is a technique to use in order to remember what you are reading when you have assigned readings from a textbook or article, etc.  Here’s how it works:

S = Survey (read and notice important headings, titles, and graphics)

Q = Question (turn each title or heading into a question and see if you can answer it)

R = Read (each section in full trying to answer questions as you go along)

R = Recite (after each section try to remember the questions and what you read, repeat this as needed)

R = Review (once you’ve read a chapter, go back to the questions and see if you can still answer them)

R = Remember (try to remember what you read, aim to learn something new from what you read)

Below are a couple of documents that further explain the SQ3R/SQ4R method and how to best employ it:

SQ3R

SQ4R Study Techniques

The Elevator Pitch/Speech: What is it?

Have you ever heard of an “elevator pitch” or “elevator speech”?  It is one of the latest and greatest ways to organize your introduction in a job interview.

An elevator pitch is essentially a sales pitch in which you describe to the employer within a short amount of time about yourself.  This is a great tool to use when asked by an interview panel to: “Tell us a little about yourself”.  According to the book Elevator Essentials by Chris O’Leary, it says that the length of an elevator speech should be the time-span of a typical elevator ride which is 30 seconds or less.  At the most, it should be 2 minutes in length.

In general, elevator pitches are used when trying to sell a product, idea, project, etc.  They are a popular tactic used in the business world when trying to get people to invest in products or companies.  In an interview, you typically are trying to sell….yourself.  Therefore, the basic principles apply when creating an elevator pitch.

Basic content of an elevator speech:

1. Who you are

2. What skills do you have to offer

3.  What is it you are seeking

4. What personal qualities make this opportunity a good fit for you

I recommend trying to organize an elevator speech prior to an upcoming job interview and seeing how it works out.  If anything, it will help you prepare for the interview and will ensure that you will not ramble or falter on the first question 🙂

Below is an article from Forbes on the topic:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2013/02/04/the-perfect-elevator-pitch-to-land-a-job/