Built By Girls set up this networking event for young professionals

Networking is an absolutely crucial skill for young women entering the professional world today — which is why Built By Girls aims to help students make connections as they exit the classroom and enter the office.

The organization, which prepares female and non-binary students to “step boldly” into tech-oriented careers, just hosted a “Girl, You Better {net}Work” event for young professionals to learn important networking tips and tricks.

Attendees at the event, which was held at Verizon Media’s New York office on March 3, were able to improve their interview techniques while chatting one-on-one with professionals in a low-pressure environment.

“I don’t really know much of what I’m supposed to know; what my resume should look like, who should I talk to about jobs and internships,” Kamille Tipan, an 18-year-old college student, said at the event. “And that’s where networking helps me a lot.”

Throughout the evening, industry experts sat down with current students and recent graduates to workshop their resumes and craft their elevator pitches, all with the goal of helping the next generation of innovators stand out from the pack.

“(This event) is focused on getting (girls) to a place where they feel ready and comfortable to enter the networking and professional space,” said Anisa Benitez, a volunteer at the event and the founder of More By Her, a platform to highlight women and non-binary people shaping culture.

“I chose to participate because recruiters take maybe six seconds and look at a resume,” she added. “And so we really want to set them up to not be passed quickly.”

Watch the video above to learn more about the event.

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