How to make your resume stand out

It’s no secret that many people have competitive resumes these days. With more and more people going to college and getting internship/work experience earlier in life, the competition can be scary, huh? Not to worry though….the resume tips below will assist you in making your resume stand out in the crowd.

While the traditional resume tips are important to consider, it is also important to design your resume to best fit your career field, whether CREATIVE or SCIENTIFIC.

Creative Fields  —  Graphic Design, Interior Design, Fine Arts, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, etc.

1. Recognize your audience. Before designing your resume, you must first consider who your audience is. Depending on the company you are applying to, the person looking at your resume may not have a creative background. In this case, it is best to make the content well-organized and incorporate a tasteful accent of color. Make your resume stand out to someone who isn’t creative by nature by using a resume layout based off of a newspaper, magazine, Google search results, or Facebook profile layout. This will catch the viewer’s eye because it’s something they are familiar with, but it will stand out from the other resumes who chose a traditional format. On the other hand, if your audience consists of creative people, don’t hesitate to think outside the box and design your resume in an avant garde way.

2. Reflect your personality. Make your resume memorable by reflecting your personality in the design. Fonts, colors, personal images used, and layout all work together to personalize your resume. One option could be to switch up the presentation of education and experiences by using a timeline as a visual, instead of simply just listing the information. In addition to having a creative layout and showing all of the relevant content, it is convenient to have a link to your portfolio website. This makes it incredibly easy for an employer to find and view your portfolio.

3. List your skills and awards. For people in the creative field especially,have your proficiency in applicable software and programs listed. This can be displayed through a 5-star system or by filling up a certain percentage of a whole circle, as shown below.


Lastly, list any design awards or recognitions you have received. If you haven’t received any yet, there are a couple opportunities around campus, so check out the Art & Design Undergraduate Exhibition and the Westwood Exhibition. Contact to learn more.

Scientific Fields — Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Industrial Technology, etc.

1. Have an organized resume layout. The best way to do this is to use the quadrant test. By dividing the paper into quadrants, you can ensure that you have an equal amount of text and white space in each box to create balance. Consider using columns as another way to create balance. Having a balanced resume will make it more visually appealing to the person reviewing your resume even if you aren’t applying for a designer position.

2. Use proper fonts. While this may seem like more of a creative thing, it is still just as important for all the technical folks to use proper fonts. Use a font that correlates with your personality. For example, if you identify yourself as being more sophisticated and sleek, use fonts such as Optima, Gill Sans, Futura, or Helvetica. These are all sans serif fonts that give off a modern vibe. If you are looking for a more traditional option, you could experiment with different serif fonts including Baskerville, Bodoni, Caslon, Garamond, or Times New Roman. Choosing the font that best represents your personality will allow the employer to get an accurate impression of you before your interview.

3. List all related accomplishments. As somebody who is in a scientific field, it is crucial that you display all of your accomplishments. This can include research studies, publications, patents, technical skills, licenses, and associations. While you may not have all of these items yet, you can start now by getting involved with associations. Go to BoilerLink to search for different scientific and technical organizations on campus. As you go through your undergraduate years, graduate years, and into your professional life, continue to be on the lookout for opportunities to apply for patents and conduct research studies. You never know what you might discover or accomplish!

Once you have designed your resume to best fit your career field, stop by the CCO so we can help you edit and get it employer ready! Drop ins are Monday through Friday from 10:00am-4:00pm.

How To Make This Your Best Year Yet

With the first week of classes almost complete, we hope you’re as excited as we are to have a productive and exciting school year. With that being said, here are some tips from the CCO on how to ensure it’s your best year yet.


Get organized.

With a new year comes a fresh start. Use this opportunity to reorganize yourself to increase productivity, save yourself stress and time.



Start over.

With a fresh start comes the opportunity to revamp an aspect of your life that you may not have been so successful with, such as grades, diet, exercise routine or maybe even finally starting that new Netflix series you’ve been meaning to watch. Be sure to integrate these changes into your everyday routine, and soon enough, they’ll become second nature.



Get involved.

We know, we know, we know. You hear this all the time. But, SERIOUSLY! Take advantage of all the opportunities you have to be involved while you’re in college. Join something you’re passionate about and find out what you like. This is a time for self exploration. Whether it be a social organization (like Greek Life), a professional organization, or a fun one like Medieval Times Club or intramural soccer, just get involved.  You will probably never have as many opportunities as you do now.

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Dress for success.

While sweatpants are a saving grace during your college years, it’s always nice to dress up at least every once in awhile to remind yourself (and all your friends) that you do indeed own clothing besides leggings and over sized sweatshirts. Plus, it’ll boost your confidence and you’ll feel ~flawless~.



Try new things.

College is a time for self exploration, and you’ll never know until you try. Trying something new could be something as simple as eating a pickle for the first time since you declared your disdain for them during your early childhood. It could also be something as big as studying abroad in Africa for a semester. Take advantage of your opportunities and discover new things. You’ll learn more about yourself than you could ever imagine.


Plan ahead.

Gain a head start by preparing a list of possible companies you want to apply for jobs or internships at. It will eliminate the stress that often comes with procrastination in the spring once it’s time to send out your applications. Make sure to stop by the CCO to help perfect your resume and cover letters for the job search!


And most importantly,

Have fun.

Between acing all your classes, finding your dream internship and making it on time to all of your intramural soccer games, don’t forget to relax and take a breather once in awhile. Catch up on sleep and grab a coffee with your friends. Otherwise, they will probably start to miss you a lot! After all, you couldn’t get through college without them.


Now go forth, young Jedi, and have yourself the greatest year yet! We can’t wait to see what all you accomplish.

Features You Need to Know About on the New CCO Website

As you stretch your legs and get back into the swing of campus, you may notice some changes from the last time you were here. Along with the new residence hall and Purdue’s new website, you will see that Purdue CCO’s website has undergone a bit more than a face-lift. The new website aims to make the student experience much more interactive and accessible.

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Not only is the design flat and the content digestible, but the new website also features brand new tools to help students be successful in their college life and career.

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Resume Rotation

(Example in Teal Box) This nifty tool allows you to flip through examples of parts of resumes and mix-n-match to find an example that fits your needs.

Favorite Button

(Example in Orange Boxes) This star button allows you to favorite pages you want to have quick access to. If you click it, the page will then appear in your favorites menu on the top right-hand side of the page. Next time you come to the site, you can simply open the favorites menu and jump straight to your favorited location.

Social Share Features

(Example in Green Boxes) These buttons let you share the page content straight from the site. Click share to open the choice menu and then select which platform you wish to share the page on. A new window will appear with the page URL in a box so you can compose your comments and directly post.

Mobile & Phone Friendly

Last, but certainly not least, is the infrastructure of the site, which has been built in a responsive form. The site is accessible and easy to use on all devices.

Now it’s time for you to go explore the website! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Why you need to log on to myCCO… like yesterday


Campus is alive again! It’s been such a quiet summer while everyone was gone and we are happy to have a full-house of students once again. You undoubtedly have a nice long checklist of all the friends you need to catch up with, restaurants you missed while away and things you need to do now that you’re back in town, but allow me to make a few suggestions.

Register for a myCCO account.

myCCO is a tool that allows you to practice interviewing, find companies that recruit Purdue students, schedule on-campus interviews, apply for jobs and internships, and more. The list goes on.

Have a myCCO already? Log in.
If you don’t log in to myCCO for 6+ months, your account becomes inactive and you won’t show up in employer searches.

Upload your resume.
Employers can pull resumes from myCCO to reach out to students and find candidates for open positions. If your resume is up-to-date, you’re putting your best foot forward.

Don’t have one or need help updating your resume?

Stop by the CCO for drop in hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm in Young Hall 132.

Good luck on your first week back—don’t study too hard!

A Baseball Internship Down Under: Wiley Lodde’s #summerstory

Earlier this summer we wondered what great things Boilermakers were doing with their summer, so we asked our Twitter followers and got some great responses. Boilermakers are doing incredible things with their summers. We followed up with a few students who had unique internships. This is Wiley’s #summerstory:

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Major/Year: Management / Junior

Position: Marketing / Baseball Operations Intern

Company: Sydney Blue Sox

Location: Sydney, Australia

What’s an average day like for you at your internship?

Coming into the office and having a brief meeting with the front office staff to discuss the daily objectives and how we have progressed throughout the week. Making calls to interested groups / organizations for sponsorship agreements, promotional deals, memberships, and game day activities. Having a meeting in the office with a potential sponsor, giving them a tour of the ballpark (Sydney 2000 Olympic Baseball Facility), and hashing out details for our agreements along with the commercial manager.

How did you find this job?

It was a part of the Sydney Internship Program through the Study Abroad Office.

What steps did you go through to secure the position?

I applied through the Study Abroad office for consideration for the position. After I sent in my application, resume , and cover letter, I was told a few weeks later that the Sydney Blue Sox were interested in having me join on in the front office for the summer. I had an online interview over Skype with my potential boss and at the end he offered me the position. I prepared for the interview by reviewing the team information on their website and I reviewed some information about the Australian Baseball League. I also had a friend do a practice interview with me and went over some basic interview questions.

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What’s your favorite part about the position, company, or location?

Aside from working in baseball, which was awesome, the fact that I got to be in Australia for a summer was my favorite part of the whole experience. Australia is such a beautiful country and being able to see it was awesome. I was able to go see the Blue Mountains, The Hunter Valley, The Great Barrier Reef, The Opera House, The Rain forest and so many other things that I never thought I would be able to see. I was also there for the Vivid Festival of Light where the whole city is one large light show. Also, while I was there the Australian version of the Super Bowl took place. It is called The State of the Origin; it’s a Rugby game where New South Wales and Queensland (The two oldest states in Australia) play each other in Rugby. New South Wales won for the first time in years and Sydney celebrated the victory for many days. Australians love their Rugby.

What is something interesting or fun you did during your internship? Tell us about something you will never forget!

Something I will never forget is playing pick-up games of baseball with the coaches and our front office staff. Whenever we thought we needed a break, we would walk out to the field and hit some balls or play a quick game. Be able to play pick-up games on the same facility used for the Olympics was really cool. My favorite day was when we played home run derby, the coaches beat us badly, they hit over 20 home runs and the office staff hit 2. But needless to say it was something I will never forget.


After Hours Event Helps Fill Career Closet

Last night, Purdue CCO hosted a Tippy Connect Young Professionals networking event aimed at collecting donations for Career Closet.

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We set up in Young Hall Room 268 with food catered by Adelino’s Old World Kitchen, buttons for those who donated to the Career Closet and a clothing rack to collect donations.

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The people and the donations flowed in and it was a great night.



Thanks to everyone who donated, our closet is getting pretty full. Soon we’ll be ready for student use!


There are some great options in the closet if you’re in need of an outfit for an upcoming interview or professional event. If you’re a student and you would like to visit the closet, fill out an appointment request form  here.