Self-Introductions Tips (With Templates and Samples)

By Jennifer Herrity

Updated October 26, 2022 | Published January 3, 2020

Updated October 26, 2022

Published January 3, 2020

Jennifer Herrity is a seasoned career services professional with 12+ years of experience in career coaching, recruiting and leadership roles with the purpose of helping others to find their best-fit jobs. She helps people navigate the job search process through one-on-one career coaching, webinars, workshops, articles and career advice videos on Indeed's YouTube channel.

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A strong self-introduction will help new acquaintances learn essential details about who you are in a way that's engaging and memorable. And when you deliver a powerful self-introduction, you can make a lasting positive impression.

In this article, we define a self-introduction and offer you tips and examples so you can write your own effective self-introduction.

What is a self-introduction?

A self-introduction explains who you are, what you do and what others need to know about you. You should provide a self-introduction any time you meet someone new and don't have a third party to introduce you. Offer a self-introduction when you are:

  • Beginning an interview

  • Attending a hiring event

  • Networking with new connections

  • Giving a presentation

  • Meeting people at a trade show

A self-introduction should include your name and occupation (or desired occupation) and key facts that will help you make an impression on the person you're communicating with. In a few sentences, cover the most important things others need to know about you.

Read more: How to Introduce Yourself Professionally

How to write an introduction about yourself

Whether you plan to deliver your self-introduction verbally or in writing, drafting a sample of what you want to say in advance is helpful. Preparing and practicing a verbal introduction will solidify the key points in your mind so you don't forget any important details. Crafting a written self-introduction will give you a template that you can turn to quickly when you need to send an email regarding a job posting or sales opportunity that you've found.

These steps will help you write an effective self-introduction:

1. Summarize your professional standing

The first sentence of your self-introduction should include your name, job title or experience. If you're unemployed and seeking a job, you might mention your educational degree, certification level or current place in your job search.

For example:

  • "My name is Jordan Lin, and I'm a recent computer science graduate from Stanford University."

  • "I'm Avery Lucas, and I'm seeking an entry-level warehousing job that will use my organization, attention to detail and time management skills."

  • "My name is Rylan Curtis, and I'm chief engineer for Jacobs and Associates."

2. Elaborate on your experiences and achievements

Customize this part of the introduction to highlight the details most relevant to the person you're communicating with. If you're in a job interview, discuss your professional skills and accomplishments. If you're giving a presentation, offer information that supports your authority in the area you're discussing. When you're introducing yourself to a potential client, mention your products and services.

For example, I also have over 10 years of experience in marketing, focusing primarily on social media campaigns for rising tech companies.

3. End with a lead-in to the next part of the conversation

Keep your introduction short and conclude it by leading into what you'd like to happen next. For a presentation, you would summarize what you plan to discuss. In an interview, mention why you're the best person for the job. A self-introduction to a new client or colleague should end with a call to action. This could be a meeting, sale or further correspondence.

For example: Feel free to contact me if you have questions. I'm happy to share more about Realm Company's services and how they might make your relocation easier.

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Self-introduction examples

You may deliver many types of self-introductions at various points throughout your career. Below are samples suited to some of the most common situations you may encounter:

For a job interview

"My name is Riley See. I'm a recent elementary education graduate from Ball State University. I've been working at a camp for elementary children this summer, and I'm excited to find my first teaching position for the coming school year. I have several original lesson plans I created during my teaching internship that I look forward to implementing in my own classroom. I attended Brookwood Elementary myself and believe I would be a great fit for your second-grade opening. It would be a joy for me to teach students in the same place that sparked my love of learning."

Read more: How to Introduce Yourself in an Interview

For a presentation

"Good afternoon. My name is Calob Cor and I'm the VP of Administration and Finance at Northern Investing. I've always been passionate about finding smart ways to save money. I believe establishing money management strategies as early as possible is the key to securing your future. I began using these strategies myself as I worked through college, and I now have over $10 million in my retirement fund. That amount is growing every day, and I'm here to teach you how to set up an account like that, too."

For networking

"My name is Sherilee Townsend, and I'm the marketing director at Wise Technology. We're developing some innovative marketing campaigns designed to engage new customers right in the streets of Bloomington. I've been recruiting local businesses that want to get involved in these activities. I love chatting with residents around the area and learning more about what they're looking for from their smart devices."

For video conferencing

"Welcome, everyone. Thank you for joining me today for my meet and greet. My name is Eddie Vanhorn and I'm the new marketing manager. Today I would like to take some time to introduce myself. I'm a Boston native and avid cycler. I also have over 10 years of experience in the marketing industry, focusing primarily on social media campaigns for rising tech companies. I believe marketing is only as great as the team working on the strategies and that's why I look forward to collaborating with you."

Letter of Introduction Format

Self-introduction letter template and example

Introduction letters can help build professional relationships that lead to job opportunities, business growth and collaboration. Here's a template and sample to customize for your own needs:

Letter template

Dear [recipients name],

My name is [include your first and last name], and I am [include a brief description about yourself, your role or service. Include the name of a coworker, client and person you both may know].

[Describe why you are reaching out with a brief but specific explanation.]

I hope to [include your call to action here].

Thank you for your consideration and time.

Sincerely,
[Your name]
[Contact information]

Letter example

Hi team,

My name is Desiree Tyner and I'm the new project manager for Realm Company. As the project manager, I plan to build relationships with our stakeholders and delegate assignments based on your strengths. I look forward to working closely with Annika and Louis on finding creative ways to reduce our spending so we can use our budget effectively.

One of the reasons I accepted this position is the welcoming company culture, which made me eager to join the team. I hope to meet each of you in person over the next couple of weeks. Before working with Realm Company, I was a project manager for a financial organization. My personal interests include reading mystery novels, kayaking on the local river and taking my dog Doug for long walks.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions. I'm happy to share more about my role here at Realm Company and I want to learn how I can best support you.

Best,
Desiree Tyner

Self-introduction email template and example

A self-introduction email is a message sent to someone you have never met with information about who you are. To receive a response, the email needs to capture the attention and engage the interest of its recipient. Here is a template and sample to help you create your own:

Email template

Subject: [Main topic]

Dear [recipients name],

My name is [include your first and last name], and I [include a compliment about the recipient]. I am reaching out to you today because [provide a brief but specific explanation of your reason]. I hope to [include your call to action here].

Thank you for your consideration and time.

Sincerely,
[Your name]
[Contact information]

Email example

Consider using this sample to write a formal introduction email:

Subject: Meeting request

Dear Mr. Smith,

My name is Tom Bailey, and I have been told that you are the software decision-maker at ABC Supplies. I am reaching out to you today because my company, XYZ Software, has released a new product that your company might find helpful. Its proprietary algorithms can gather your customer contact and purchase information into an easy-to-use database. I hope to arrange a meeting with you to discuss the product and any software needs your company may have.

Thank you for your consideration and time.

Sincerely,
Tom Bailey
XYZ Software
123-456-7890 | tbailey@email.server

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