5 Tips If You’re Running Out of Space on Your Resume

1. Use Smaller Margins
Save space on your resume by decreasing your page margins. The acceptable range for page margins for a resume are:
Top: 0.8″-1″
Sides and Bottom: 0.5″-1

2. Try a 3-Column Header
Use a table with 3 columns and 1 row to distribute the contents of your resume header to the left and right of your name.
In the example below, the name has a middle-top alignment, and the address and contact details have a bottom alignment.



3. Remove Your Objective Statement
In certain situations you do not need an objective statement in your resume. If you are submitting a resume to a specific position, the employer knows what you are looking for. However, at events such as career fairs, an objective helps employers find out what kind of roles you are looking for.

Read our full blog on the topic: Objective Statements: Are They Important?

4. Save a Line by Right-Aligning Your GPA
Use a tab stop in MS Word to align your GPA to the right of the page.



5. Remove Irrelevant Experiences and Shorten Bullet Points
– If you are a sophomore or above, you can remove your high school education section and the experiences from high school
– If an experience does not have any transferable skills for the position you are applying for consider removing it to focus more attention on your relevant experience and to save space.
– Shorten your bullet points by removing bullet points that don’t show any skills that are transferable to the position being applied for or repeat a transferable skill mentioned in a previous bullet point.

For more help on resumes read the CCO Handbook and visit us during our drop-in hours M-F from 10am-4pm

How To Market Your Study Abroad Experience

With the popularity of study abroad rapidly increasing, thanks to new grants given by Purdue and the growing desire among SAstudents to gain global experiences, it’s important to know how studying abroad can enhance your resume and demonstrate valuable skills. It’s also important to know how to communicate these skills and impress potential employers.

If you did an internship abroad:

If you did an internship abroad, obviously this counts as valuable work experience. It’s probably best to list in your “Work Experience” section of your resume, and list your accomplishments and tasks with our action verbs. Also be sure to show your ability to adapt to change and learn in a foreign environment.


If you took classes abroad, and they were applicable to your major:

Take into consideration the unique perspectives given to you by studying with students or a professor from a different culture. Even studying with other students from the U.S. who come from so many different backgrounds can be quite life-changing, especially if you’re used to hangingSA2 out with kids from similar backgrounds at school at home.

Talk about how working with people from different backgrounds opened your eyes to new ways of doing things and inspired your creativity. If you did a graphic design studio in Copenhagen, but got to spend a lot of time working with architecture students and furniture designers, communicate your interdisciplinary experience and what it means for you as a designer.

Also, you most likely worked on a big project that can be added to a portfolio or talked about in an interview.



If you took classes abroad that did not pertain to your major:

Studying abroad still showcases a unique skill set. Did you learn or improve upon a new language over there? Did you have to adapt to culture shock? Overall, studying abroad typically shows a sense of adventure, open-mindedness and independence.

Be sure to tailor your experiences to be applicable to a cover letter or interview. Phrases like “My studies in Japan provided me with a great insight into the cultural differences that influence consumers in different countries and improve my ability to contribute to international marketing initiatives.” will show your potential employer that study abroad played an important part in your experiences so far and will encourage them to ask you more about it if they don’t bring it up first.SA1


Overall, studying abroad offers a plethora of unique experiences and helps you to learn a lot about yourself. Know how to sell yourself and communicate how studying abroad affected you. Try to remember and document specific occurrences that took place while you were studying abroad and how it can be transformed into a great story to tell during an interview. Remember what others said about you abroad (whether it be your teacher, locals, or fellow students) and use it to back yourself up.

Studying abroad can be a great experience, and it can certainly be quite resume enhancing. If you need help figuring out how to transform your experiences for a resume or cover letter, visit the CCO during drop in hours (M-F between 10 AM and 4 PM) in YOUNG 132. If you need help deciding whether or not studying abroad is right for you, and what kind of experience you’re looking for, visit the Study Abroad Office right down the hall in YOUNG 105.

Internship Spotlight: Taylor Doolen

Tyler_DoolenMajor: Construction Engineering and Management
Year: Sophomore

Where did you work this summer?
DPR Construction – Bay Area, California

What was your role?
Project Engineer Intern

What were your duties?
I coordinated between the DPR Interiors (Drywall) Self-Perform Work group and DPR general. My main responsibility was to ensure all drywall modeling (BIM) RFI’s (Requests for Information) were written, sent to DPR General, and responded to by the architect.

What were your objectives/goals/desired outcomes for this internship?
My main goal for the summer was to become more familiar with the commercial construction industry and learn more about different construction practices on large jobs.

Did you meet them?
Yes, I learned a great deal about a variety of processes in the commercial construction industry.

What part of your internship did you enjoy the most?
I most enjoyed all of the connections I made. There were several other interns that I dpr_constructionbefriended as well as a handful of DPR employees.

How did you learn about the position?
I learned about the position through talking with DPR representatives at the BCM career fair.

What was the application process like?
After talking with DPR representatives at the BCM career fair and giving them my resume, there was 1 interview a few days later.

Any tips for landing an internship?
Get experience in the field you want to go into and keep your grades up.


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 https://www.cco.purdue.edu/
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, Monster.com, 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!