Beginner's Guide to Networking

85% of all jobs are filled through networking. That’s a lot.

That number itself should be enough of an incentive for you to start connecting with interesting, potentially helpful people right away but I get it, networking can still be intimidating. Trying to sound smart in front of highly accomplished professionals with years of experience is a daunting thought to many college students and young professionals. Yet, networking is absolutely crucial in an increasingly competitive and digitally connected world.

Don’t worry. I’ve been there. And I’m here to tell you: It is not as difficult as you think. 

That's why I came up with 5 tangible tips and things to consider when networking I wish someone had shared with me when I first started.

This approach has allowed me to connect with professionals working at companies like Instagram, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Pinterest, and more.

LinkedIn Guide for Students

✔ Did you know that 95% of all Fortune 500 companies use LinkedIn to recruit talent?

✔ Did you know that more than 300,000 companies, including small businesses, find talent on LinkedIn?

✔ Did you know that 1.4 million recruiters are actively using LinkedIn to find and engage talent?

✔ Did you know that 70% of people that were hired by a company where they had a connection?

✔ Did you know that 85% of employers say that a positive online reputation influences their hiring decision?

Let me guess: Your answers to most of these questions is no, am I right? If you haven't invested a whole lot of time in getting up to speed with LinkedIn, I hope the numbers above are convincing enough for you to get started. 

As a LinkedIn employee, I know a few tricks on how to navigate that platform that can help you stand out from the crowd and attract recruiters on LinkedIn.

180+ words to spice up your resume

Recruiters spend about 5 to 7 seconds scamming each resume. Therefore, it is super important to grab their attention right away. 

Using an engaging and strong first word for each of your bullet points can increase your chances of landing a job interview.

Additionally, incorporating a variety of strong words into your vocabulary will also help you during the actual interviews when recruiters and hiring managers ask you to elaborate on your experiences.

This list includes words for leadership skills, analytical skills creative skills, administrative skills, project skills, people skills, academic skills, and technical skills.


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