What can you say that will immediately make the other person want to know more about you? Talk instead about how you rose to the occasion in other situations.) Here are some examples: 3. The call to action is how you let someone know what you're looking for, and also that you're done talking.

And be prepared, because you're going to hear it all the time in networking situations. Because "tell me about yourself" sounds like a book-length essay question, but people expect a response that's only a few sentences long.

And, in this stage in your life, "So, tell me about yourself" is real-world-speak for, "So, tell me why I might be helping you get a job someday." By taking the time to learn the key elements of introducing yourself, you'll be able to impress anyone you meet in a professional situation, from a networking event to an internship coordinator to a hiring manager at the company of your dreams.

Luckily, you've already read about many ways to narrow down your interests and position yourself as a mature professional, so all you need to do now is put all of those elements together.

" There's nothing worse than meeting an important contact or job interviewer and completely blanking when they ask this question, usually the first one they'll pose.

Take some time before you start meeting with people to think about the tangible skills you have, the challenges you've overcome, and the specific reasons why you will be a great job candidate and employee.

To get started crafting your answer, Laura recommends that you ask yourself the following questions and write down your answers in your career planning notebook: Now let's look at Laura's step-by-step advice on how to craft your own personalized response, using some of the information you determined above:1. Remember that your primary goal is simply to introduce yourself. Leverage the skills you listed earlier, and frame them in a way that is meaningful to an important networking contact who could lead you to, or be, a potential employer.

What's the most memorable thing you can say about yourself and your accomplishments? (You don't have a lot of employment experience on your resume, you say?

For help with this task, I turned to Laura Allen, founder of 15Second Pitch T, a company that trains people how to sell themselves more effectively.

According to Laura, the best answers to "So, tell me about yourself" demonstrate confidence and leave the other person wanting to know more about you.