How Amelia Earhart’s Legacy Lives On Through the CCO

Almost everyone knows the story of Amelia Earhart and the legacy she left behind. She was an inspiration to women and men alike everywhere, with her drive, determination and fearless attitude. At a time when women’s rights and opportunities were profoundly lagging behind men’s, she didn’t let the inequality suppress her and her career pursuits. She was the first female and second person EVER to fly across the Atlantic alone. Boilermakers take special pride in Amelia, as it was the Purdue Research Foundation who helped fund her final flight. It is assumed that Amelia came to Purdue because of our outstanding aviation and engineering programs, as well as being the first (and only, at the time) university with our own airport.


What many people don’t know is that Amelia seized the opportunity to be a career counselor to Purdue women on campus. After the current president of Purdue, Edward C. Elliott, heard Amelia speak about women’s careers during a luncheon, he knew she was just what the Purdue community needed. At the time, the most prominent career services offered by Purdue were simply job placement services for men in engineering. Elliott knew Amelia could be of great inspiration to the women on campus (she already was to women all over the world), as she embodied all the traits of the soon-to-be modern woman.

With all of the aviation opportunities available, as well as the opportunity to mentor young women, she was sold and accepted the offer without hesitation. She moved into the women’s hall on campus, which is now known as Duhme Hall, and jumped right into building relationships with the women who lived there. She would often take them out for ice cream and talk to and inspire them to find their passions and follow their dreams. According to the official website of Amelia Earhart, “she also kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about successful women in predominantly male-oriented fields, including film direction and production, law, advertising, management, and mechanical engineering.” Amelia found great solace in knowing that she was making a difference in these women’s lives and even more so, contributing to the advancement of women.

“Yes, her passion was flight, but she was devoted to inspiring others to find their callings in life,” said Robin Jensen, an assistant professor of communication who studies Earhart. “She spent more time writing about her flights and what she hoped they meant for others than she ever spent in the sky.” In other words, Amelia Earhart was really the first modern career counselor obtained by Purdue. While others in similar positions focused mainly on finding and placing men in jobs, Amelia was driven to help students find their passions and figure out how to pursue them. Just like Amelia, all of our career counselors have their own independent passions and pursuits, but are dedicated to serving our students through counseling and career services.


While Purdue’s career services did not fully change their models for quite some time even after Amelia’s disappearance, her legacy still lives on through the CCO and Purdue students. Her drive and determination, strong work ethic, courage and imagination are staples today for anyone aspiring to be successful and are traits strongly emphasized through Purdue’s values. The CCO focuses on helping students recognize their skills and passions and work on placing them in careers where they can utilize their strengths, just as Amelia did so many years ago. She truly was ahead of the game in so many ways, and she was and is still an inspiration to many.




How to Use myCCO to Find and Apply for Jobs

myCCOWhat is myCCO?
myCCO is Purdue University’s employment tool. Using myCCO, students can search for internship, part-time, or full-time opportunities, apply for positions and schedule interviews.

How Can myCCO Help You?
The employers posting jobs on myCCO want YOU. Using the myCCO service allows you to take advantage of Purdue University’s reputation and vast network of industry connections.

How to Register Your myCCO AccountmyCCO
1. Go to the Center for Career Opportunities website
2. Click on the myCCO panel
3. As a first time user enter your PUID as both your user name and password
4. Be sure to read the “Participation Agreement” and “Cancellation and Missed Interview Policy” before clicking “I Agree to Terms”
5. Complete all required fields when completing your profile

Upload Your Resume, Cover Letter, and Transcript
Your myCCO account will not be active until you upload a resume
1. Click on “Resumes ETC” on the top navigation bar
2. Select “Add New”
3. Add a descriptive label to help you remember each document. Employers will not be able to see the label.
3. Select your document type. Use “Other Documents” for your transcript.

Search and Apply for Jobs & On-Campus Interviews
1. Hover on “Jobs” on the top navigation bar.
2. Click on “myCCO Interviews and Job Listings” on the drop-down menu.
4. Use the search bar and the advanced search options to find job postings relevant you.
6. Apply to a positing by clicking the “Apply” button and submitting the required documents. For some positions, you may not be able to apply. These positions are on-campus recruitment postings and you must meet all screening criteria, including major, degree, graduation date, and work authorization.
Note: Read the job posting carefully as the employer may refer you to the company website to apply.

Create Job Search Agents
After creating an advanced search you may want to be notified of postings that meet your criteria via email.
1. Run your advanced search
2. Click “Saved Searches”
3. Give your search a title and set a schedule for new job posting to be sent to you.
4. Select “Yes” for “New Results Only”
5. Click “Save”

What Is A Third Party Recruiter?

Blog Post Contributed By: Amanda Hayes, CCO Ambassador

GradAs graduation creeps closer, you may be using all available resources to find a full-time job: Purdue’s Center for Career Opportunities, myCCO postings, career fairs,, newspapers, LinkedIn, etc. The methods of finding jobs are numerous and have vast differences. One recruiting trend that is growing is third party recruiting.

What Is A Third Party Recruiter?
Until a few months ago, I could not have defined exactly how third party recruiters work. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), third-party recruiters are “agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own needs.” In general, they fall into 3 categories:

  • Employment Agencies – Post job positions for various client organizations and receive payment when a referred candidate is hired.
  • Search Firms – Perform searching and screening functions for organizations to identify qualified candidates.
  • Contract Recruiters – Act on behalf of an employer in the recruiting and employment process

Should I Use One?
The following table from the American Staffing Association (ASA) shows common reasons for using third party recruiters:

Reasons for Using Thrid Parter Recruiters


Tips To Keep in Mind
If you use a third party recruiter in the job search process, you want to find a company that has job openings in your field, assures that your information will only be shared with the company that has an open position for you, treats all candidates fairly, and does not charge a fee.

For example, Brill Street, a third party recruiter, places candidates with companies in the Chicago area. Throughout the recruitment process, Brill Street communicates clearly with job seekers about their fit for the open positions. Upon obtaining a position, Brill Street will send the candidate the official offer; it will not be from the company. However, the job seeker is never charged a fee.

Although you will not see third party recruiters attending career fairs or conducting on-campus interviews, Purdue’s Center for Career Opportunities does allow third party recruiters to post jobs through myCCO. However, they must indicate they are a third party recruiter and include the name of the company that has a position open. As you continue your job search, remember that third party recruiters can be a beneficial tool to help you obtain a full-time position after graduation. To see more job postings for Purdue students and alumni, follow @Jobs4Boilers on Twitter.

Dreading writing a cover letter? Not anymore.


Ah, the dreaded cover letter. What people don’t realize is that the cover letter helps an employer get a feel for your personality and what you can bring to the company. The cover letter gives you your opportunity to shine. Tackle these steps and all you will have to do is get interview-ready.

Understand the Company Culture

The first thing you should do prior to writing your cover letter is research to familiarize yourself with the company and their needs. The company website is a great place to start, as one can explore the company’s mission statement, goals, and company culture. Next, take a look at the LinkedIn company pages to learn about what is currently going on in the company. Learn the brand’s style through the company blog, Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform that could give you the insight you are looking for.

IMPORTANT: Use your research findings to create a voice within your cover letter that matches the company culture and brand. For example, if you are applying to a public relations agency, be creative and snappy. You could earn extra brownie points by mentioning how much you loved a recent cover story on one of its clients. On the other hand, if you are applying to a company that is strictly business all the time, get rid of the fluff about how much you love the company and get straight to your accomplishments.

Format Correctly

Let the company culture and voice guide you when formatting. For now, we will focus on traditional cover letter format. The cover letter has four essential parts: heading, introduction, argument, and closing.

  • Header: Display your name, address, phone number, and email address in the same format as your resume. Include the date you print and mail (or email) the letter. Next, add the recipient’s name and address; align the information to the left. Lastly, include a salutation (Dear Mr./Ms./Dr.).
  • Introduction: Immediately indicate which position you are applying for and how you heard about it. Be sure to mention if you were referred by someone (i.e. alumni or contact). Make sure to state your major as well as why you want to work for the company/what makes them so compelling.
  • Argument: Describe your relevant coursework and experiences that would make you a good fit for the position. Then, expand on a specific experience(s) that support why you are a “match” for the position. Wrap up the argument by describing how you would apply the skills and knowledge gained from your experiences to the position in which you are applying.
  • Closing: Wrap things up by thanking the employer for their time and consideration. Offer to provide any additional information. Provide your email and phone number in the last sentence.

End your letter with:


Your signature (leave 3-4 spaces)

Your Typed Name

For more information on traditional cover letters, visit our website. As for the people in need of more creative cover letter styles, check out this tool.

NEVER EVER Re-use a Cover Letter

As appealing as it may be, never re-use a cover letter. Your cover letter will lose the genuine feeling if most of it is copied and pasted. Mention specific examples about why this is the place for you and why you are a perfect match for the team. Showcase your excitement for the brand by mentioning what you like most about a client’s ad campaign or comment on recent positive news surrounding the company. Prove that you are passionate about the actual job you are applying for and the company you want to work at.

Lastly, if you can catch the employer’s eye through writing with a voice that aligns with that of the company’s, show your personality and qualifications, as well as the appropriate formatting, you are that much closer to an interview–and a job!

Objective Statements: Are They Important?


As many students are scrambling to finish up their internship and post-grad job applications, I’ve noticed a lot of confusion on whether or not an objective statement was necessary and if they decided they were, nobody knew what exactly to say. The realm of objective statements is definitely full of gray areas, but we’re here to navigate it with you.

As stated by our very own Career Services Consultant, Tamara Clarkson, one of the times where having an objective statement is helpful is during a career fair. When recruiters are speaking to hundreds of students while simultaneously collecting a large pile of resumes, it’s helpful for them to see what kind of position you are seeking so that they can sort through resumes as needed and easily evaluate your ability to be a successful candidate regarding your desired position.

Objective statements can also be helpful when your resume isn’t exactly tailored to a specific position. If you lack specific experiences and are using mostly part-time jobs and various other activities such as Dance Marathon or College Mentors For Kids to round out your skill set (all great additives to a resume), it can confuse employers on what exactly you’re seeking. If it’s not very obvious what kind of job your seeking through previous experiences, an objective statement can clear that up for potential employers.

However, you should definitely not write an objective statement if you have the opportunity to write a cover letter. It will most likely end up being redundant, and cover letters allow you to expand on your skill set and write more eloquently than you would be able to in an objective statement.

If you’ve decided an objective statement would benefit you, keep these things in mind.

Make objective statements as specific as possible.

Do you know exactly which positions and which companies you’re applying to? Try to create customized resumes for each of them stating your desired position at XYZ company during this time period. Some examples would be “To obtain a management position within XYZ company” or “To obtain an electrical engineering internship with ABC company during the Summer of 2015″. Don’t know enough details to be that specific? Specify the desired field you want to go into. Some more examples would be “To obtain an internship in human resources” or “To obtain a position in analytics within an advertising agency”.

Don’t tell the company what they can do for you.

If you feel the need to expand more on your objective statement than just a simple “To obtain a programming internship with JKL Inc.”, then don’t add on anything like “To gain experience in programming during an internship with JKL Inc.” Instead, focus more on what you can bring to the company and less about what you can gain and learn from them. Especially when applying for an internship, it’s a given that you’re looking to gain experience in the real world. Try putting something like “To obtain a programming internship within JKL Inc. and improve data-related operations throughout the company”.

Overall, objective statements should be brief and to the point. Be sure to always be as specific as possible and avoid using verbs such as “looking for” or “searching” in your objective statement. You are already seeking jobs and therefore are looking to obtain the positions you’re applying for. Always opt for a cover letter if the opportunity to write one is there.

If you still need advice and would like a review over any cover letters, objective statements or resumes, please come by the CCO in YOUNG 132 during drop in hours M-F between 10 AM and 4 PM.

Tips for Designing Your Resume

With super creative resume designsil_340x270.537011406_sbdn and self-promotional materials becoming popular on the internet, you’ve probably wondered if you should jump on the creative bandwagon. Well, coming from someone who has done unique resume designs for not only myself but a variety of friends in different majors (I’m a Visual Communication Design major–fancy for graphic design), here’s what I have to say:

1) First consider your audience.

Some career fields really don’t offer much room to get all crazy with your resume design. Engineering, medical fields and things alike probably aren’t the place to share your fancy infogrResume_by_Arianedeniseaphic resume featuring all the colors of the rainbow. However, it’s always best to assess the company you’re applying to. I personally have two resume designs, one for more business-focused companies and one for the quirkier, more creative ones. If you really want to give your resume an extra edge, consider designing yourself a logo or using a subtle pop of color.

 If you do decide to add one of these features, don’t get too crazy. A snake logo isn’t necessary when applying to work at a food science lab, and a hot pink header probably isn’t the best idea when applying to medical school.

2) Keep it clean.

If you decide to get creative with your resume design, make sure it’s still organized and properly formatted. Keep all of your basic information legible and make all of the important stuff easy to find.

3) Create a hierarchy.leahbowman

Put in a little extra thought into thinking how you can make certain things on your resume stand out. Are you really proud of the internship you had last summer? Find a way to highlight it using fonts, colors or other design elements.

4) Make sure it represents you and your personal brand.

Have you heard about the girl who created a Lego box resume, and her creative idea went viral? She blew ad agencies throughout Chicago away with her innovative idea and landed the internship of her dreams. Use her as inspiration, and make sure your resume design is accurately representing you.

Are you bright, bubbly and super into pop culture? Use brighter colors (but keep the number of colors low) and fun typefaces and pictograms. Are you more laid-back and into nature? Use shades of green and blue that show your calm personality. Color association exists for a reason!

5) Choose fonts wi55e8c2fc161933b97b22fd29ce9af35bsely.

Whatever you do, DON’T USE COMIC SANS. Make sure your font choices are legible, and try sticking to just 2 typefaces and absolutely no more than 3. It’ll seem like you’re incapable of making decisions if you pick too many.

6) Don’t overkill it with your color scheme.

As stated before, choose your color scheme with care. It’s best to stick to a complimenting, simple color scheme featuring 2-3 colors or maybe various shades of one color. When choosing colors, try to avoid color combinations that can be easily associated with alternative things, like red and yellow for McDonald’s.


Overall, when designing your resume, just be mindful of the decisions you make and be sure that your resume is reflecting you in a positive light.

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