Introducing Yourself Professionally in English

Introducing Yourself Professionally in English
Introducing Yourself Professionally in English

Introducing yourself professionally in English is important to help you communicate with confidence to hiring managers and recruiters while you are networking, during your job search.

In this exercise, you will learn vocabulary and techniques to introduce yourself professionally with confidence for Job Interviews or for presentations.

Why is introducing yourself professionally important?

Introducing yourself professionally in English is important to help you communicate with confidence to hiring managers and recruiters while you are networking, during your job search, in your interviews, and also when you get a job.

Being able to communicate your skills and achievements clearly to others will increase their attention and make them more inclined to hear what you have to say.

Preparing a structure to use when introducing yourself professionally

It is important to prepare a structure of words and phrases that you can practice before introducing yourself to someone. This helps you have a constructive flow of thought which in turn, will increase your confidence and help you sound more professional. Below is a structure we propose that you use and practice.

Structure to use when introducing yourself professionally

  • Say hello and say your name: This is the first step of any introduction message.
  • State your goal: This is a good way of letting someone know straight away why you are reaching out to them.
  • Pick skills/achievements from your past experiences: The skills and achievements you choose to talk about should be related to your goal above so that your introduction flows.
  • Pick skills/achievements from your present experience: Similarly, the skills and achievements of your present experience should be related to the goal stated above for the same reason.
  • Share excitement and pride about your goal: This is a great way to show enthusiasm, passion, and drive to your listener or reader.
  • End with a question: When introducing yourself to recruiters or hiring managers, it’s always nice to end with a question so that they have a reason to get back to you.

Below is the Example of creating your introduction using the proposed structure, you can also try the same for yours too.

Creating your introduction

Proposed structure

Example of using the structure

Say hello and say your name Example: Hello XXX, my name is YYY
State your goal Examples: 

I’m on a mission to work with a strong tech company one day.

I have a goal to work as the lead developer for a big tech company one day.

Pick skills/achievements from your past experiences. (Use the personal USP you created to help you fill this out)  Example:

I previously worked as a freelance developer where I learned how to use Rails, React, and HTML. I have built 3 strong user interfaces since I started last year.

Pick skills/achievements from your present experience. (Use the personal USP you created to help you fill this out)  Example:

Currently, I am studying at XYZ school, an online training school where I code 8 hours a day remotely with other developers and have learned the skills of communication and teamwork.

Share excitement and pride about your goal: Example:

I am really excited about the opportunity to work remotely with a strong tech company and I am proud of the steps I am taking to achieve this.

End with a question (optional, use if you are pitching to a hiring manager): Examples:

Would you like to discuss further with me?

Would you be open to discussing further with me?

Presenting your introduction

Now copy and paste below, everything that is featured in the right column of the table above, like the example below. Please do try this for yours to get a better understanding

Hello everyone, my name is Crystal and I have a goal to work as the lead developer for a big tech company one day. I previously worked as a freelance developer where I learned how to use Rails, React, and HTML, and I have built 3 strong user interfaces since I started last year. Currently, I am studying at XYZ school, an online training school where I code 8 hours a day remotely with other developers and have learned the skills of communication and teamwork. I am really excited about the opportunity to work remotely with a strong tech company and I am proud of the steps I am taking to achieve this. Would you like to discuss further with me?