Whether you鈥檙e a brand new grad out there hunting for the perfect place to make your first mark on the working world (congratulations, by the way!) or a more experienced career woman with a hunch that there are bigger and better things waiting for you professionally, it鈥檚 no secret that job hunting is almost always a challenge. We know it鈥檚 鈥渁ll about who you know,鈥 but what鈥檚 the best way to make those all-important connections in the first place? When you hit 鈥渟end鈥 on your online application, where does all of that information that you worked so hard on even go? What鈥檚 the perfect, not-too-pushy way to follow-up via email with an HR rep? There are so. many. questions鈥 and even the most experienced job searchers among us don鈥檛 always have the answers.

Enter LinkedIn 鈥 everyone鈥檚 go-to professional networking platform 鈥 with a major wealth of data to help new grads and savvy bosses alike successfully snatch up their next dream gig. Using intel from human resources leaders plus their own statistical insights, the LinkedIn team has delivered what we might call an embarrassment of riches for the job seekers among us. Keep scrolling for the inside scoop.

4 Skills top executives are looking for

1. Bleeding-Edge Technology Abilities: Bleeding-edge technology refers to the field of tech that is so new that it may even be unreliable. If you are comfortable working with fresh innovations and quick to adapt to changes, you definitely have a leg up. 鈥淵ou hire people who have in the past been able to bend the curve on technology,鈥 Verizon鈥檚 Senior Vice President and Chief Talent and Diversity Officer Magda Yrizarry told LinkedIn. 鈥淪o you have confidence that they are not beholden to the past, that they can create the future.鈥

2. A Tendency for Leading Change: Hiring managers at top companies are looking for new employees who can take on challenges and act as agents for innovation and fresh ideas. There鈥檚 no room for resistance or old-school behavior these days!

3. An Appetite to Learn: It turns out that being hungry for knowledge is a skill that can serve you well beyond graduation. 鈥淭he pace of technology continues to accelerate and it doesn鈥檛 show any signs of slowing,鈥 Ardine Williams, Amazon Web Services鈥 vice president of global talent acquisition, told LinkedIn. 鈥淵ou must have an insatiable curiosity about what鈥檚 changing and how, and stay current. Otherwise, you鈥檙e going to be left behind.鈥 Consider us hungry!

4. Field-Specific Skills: LinkedIn also has some intel on the more specific talents you should highlight in your resume and interview based on the industry you鈥檙e targeting. Check out the chart below for all of the details:

5 Top-paying entry-level jobs聽For new grads

1. Investment Banking Analyst: $105,000 median total compensation

2. Data Scientist: $93,500 median total compensation

3. Hardware Engineer: $90,000 median total compensation

4. Software Engineer: $80,000 median total compensation

5. Equity Research Analyst: $79,500 median total compensation

Best companies in聽your field

  • Engineering:聽According to LinkedIn鈥檚 second annual Top Companies list, engineers are in high demand at Airbnb and Uber, where headcount for engineering-related jobs is on the upswing. Amazon is also ripe with opportunities in this industry.
  • Sales:聽Facebook, Salesforce, and Amazon are all in the market for your impressive sales talents.
  • Marketing:聽Under Armour is currently looking for more than 100 marketers to join their team 鈥 and the sportswear company鈥檚 marketing force has already grown 15 percent in the last year! Pandora鈥檚 marketing team is also expanding.

Best companies for big growth

  • Uber:聽Political controversies can鈥檛 keep this company back! Overall, Uber has grown聽more than 20 percent in the last year, especially within the operations, engineering, and marketing teams. There are currently 3,400 jobs just waiting to be filled (by you!) at Uber.
  • Amazon:聽There鈥檚 no slowing Amazon down. The online superstore had an impressive 35 percent growth rate over the past two years. Interested in joining the team? Hiring rates are highest between May and October, so jump on the opportunity ASAP!
  • Facebook: There are nearly 1,000 jobs open with Facebook here in the US 鈥 and the human resources department has聽doubled in size in the last 12 months. If that鈥檚 not a sign that the social media trailblazer wants to bring in tons of new talent, then we don鈥檛 know what is!

Best companies for sticking around

  • Coca-Cola:聽The average tenure for employees at the Coca-Cola company is nearly eight years! If you鈥檙e hoping to find a professional home and聽stay put for a while, you may want to check for openings at Coke. A love for carbonated beverages isn鈥檛 a necessity (at least, we don鈥檛 think it is).
  • Nordstrom:聽In the past six months, the class act department store鈥檚 engineering department has been its fastest-growing team, but talent throughout the organization tends to stick around. The average tenure for Nordstrom employees is more than five years.
  • Starbucks:聽It鈥檚 more than just your favorite morning pick-me-up! Starbucks is well-known for its culture of community change, which may explain why employees stay for an average of almost five years. There are currently more than 500 jobs available at Starbucks.

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