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The purpose of your resume is to get an interview. In thirty seconds or less, most employers decide whether or not to consider applicants for employment, so your resume's content must be CLEAR, CONCISE, and COMPELLING.

Begin the resume writing process by jotting down EVERY position or experience you've had. Here's a nice list of example experiences to help you brainstorm:

  • Organizations to which you've belonged
  • Leadership positions
  • Volunteer experiences
  • Special class projects
  • Awards
  • Languages you speak
  • Computer skills
  • Special interests or hobbies
  • Travel/study abroad
  • Anything else significant

KEEP IN MIND: Not all of your experiences are likely to be included in your final version, but a running list can help you craft and tailor a resume for any opportunity.


Then, break down each position you held into the CORE 4:

Company Name Mochas & Javas Purdue Science Student Council Silver Cross Hospital
Position Held Barista Treasurer Volunteer
Month/Year of Start & Finish January 2011 - May 2013 January 2013 - December 2013 May 2010 - August 2010
City & State/Country Austin, TX West Lafayette, IN Joliet, IN


Now that you have listed your experiences, begin contemplating the TRANSFERABLE SKILLS you gained. Doing so will give you an idea of how the skills you obtained will make you competitive for future opportunities.  

Common TRANSFERABLE SKILLS employers are looking for include:

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Organization
  • Decision making
  • Adaptability
  • Thinking ahead
  • Calculating numbers
  • Quick Learner
  • Confidence
  • Energetic
  • Helpfulness
  • Trustworthiness
  • Efficiency
  • Listening
  • Dependability
  • Flexibility
  • Time management
  • Trouble-shooting
  • Punctuality
  • Loyalty
  • Precision
  • Resourcefulness
  • Leadership
  • Analysis
  • Customer service
  • Motivating others


Take one of your experiences, list the TASKS you performed in that job and identify which TRANSFERABLE SKILLS might line up with those tasks. For example, if you were a barista, your task and transferable skills list might look something like this: 

Took money and gave change back to customers, deposited the day’s earnings in bank, closed out a day’s paperwork Calculate numbers, dependability
Wiped tables, cleaned up after customers at end of shift Efficiency
Opened store at 5:30 a.m., finished daily duties before end of shift Punctuality, time management
Worked well with co-workers, trained new employees Leadership, communication, helpfulness
Listened to customer orders and concerns, made quick decisions, got drinks out in a timely manner even though it was really busy, memorized multiple menu items Customer service, listening, decision making, precision


Now you have the ingredients to MAKE A STRONG BULLET POINT


Now it’s time to incorporate those TASKS and TRANSFERABLE SKILLS you gained into strong bullet points for your resume by implementing the following formula:



PURPOSE (why did you do the task?),

METHOD (how did you go about doing the task?), or

RESULT (what happened because you did it?)


HINT:  You can include a combination of two of these add on items (for example: purpose and method) in a bullet point. You can even include all three (purpose, method and result) if you are able to! 




  • Observed and analyzed students’ behavior in order to guide successful classroom instruction
  • Performed gear mapping for transmissions to optimize shift patters, fuel economy and available power 
  • Collaborated with Purdue faculty to increase cultural self-education amongst minority students


  • Ensured customer satisfaction by listening to orders and delivering product that fulfilled customer specifications
  • Collected quantitative infrared imaging using a high speed infrared camera


  • Developed new ideas for Exelon’s eFin website which increased traffic flow by 20%
  • Performed internal audits on 159 underwriting cases in 3 weeks improving efficiency according to the Audit Board
  • Designed and implemented latches for condensation vents to reduce water leakage creating a safer work environment



action verbs

Check out the CCO Handbook for more power verbs


Decide the RESUME TYPE you prefer to use, based on the message you want to portray to employers:



  • Highlights information in reverse chronological order from most recent to oldest
  • Most commonly used format 
  • Make the most of this resume type by prioritizing your sections, so you can highlight your most relevant experience first! 


  • Highlights information in categories based on commonly grouped skills
  • Useful for those with a wide variety of work history, gaps in experience, or those seeking to change career fields


View the CCO Handbook for functional resume examples



  • Margins: Top-0.8”-1”; Sides and bottom-0.5”-1”
  • Font Size & Style: 10-12 and simple, readable fonts (Calibri, Georgia, Arial, Cambria, Times New Roman)
  • Length: Undergraduate level-1 page; Graduate & PhD-2 pages or more; Education, Nursing and Medicine can have more than 1 page
  • Templates: Refrain from using them!
  • Order: Heading, objective (if included) and education are first, in that order
  • No Pronouns: Do not use first-person pronouns (I, me, my) 
  • Don't get Personal: Refrain from incorporating personal information like your age, gender, religion, political affiliation, marital status, ethnicity , visa status or photographs


  • Organize your experience sections so that your most relevant experience Is listed towards the top of your resume.
  • Don’t include your references or a “References available upon request” statement on your resume. Remember that the purpose of your resume is to get an interview and an employer typically asks for references during or after an interview. 
  • Take out your high school education and experience unless it directly relates to the position you’re applying for. 
  • Visit the CCO in Young Hall, Rm 132 for a RESUME CRITIQUE during Drop-Ins


Check out the CCO Handbook for more resume tips and examples


The Curriculum Vitae (CV) is used to market your scholarly background for PhD level positions, research opportunities or graduate school admission. While the sections of the CV are similar to a resume, the CV can be more than 1 page.

KEEP IN MIND: CV sections can vary widely based on which field you're in (for example, a biology and literature CV may have different formats).

Common CV Sections Option Sections
  • Name and Contact Information
  • Honors or Awards (Fellowships, Grants, etc.)
  • Education
  • Research and/or Teaching Interests
  • Experience (Research, Teaching, Other)
  • Professional Associations
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Skills

View the CCO Handbook for CV examples

What is myCCO?

myCCO is a portal where Purdue students and alumni can apply for internships, full-time and part-time opportunities.


How can myCCO help me?

Employers posting jobs, internships, and other opportunities 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 do I get a myCCO account?

  1. As a first time user enter your PUID as both your user name and password.(NOTE: the first 2 digits MUST be a double zero (00) even if they're not included in your current PUID. For example: 0012345678). Your PUID (with the double zero) will always be your username to log in to myCCO. Once you have completed your myCCO profile, the system will send an email with your "NEW" password.
  2. Read the “Participation Agreement” and “Cancellation and Missed Interview Policy” before clicking “I Agree to Terms.”
  3. Complete all required fields when completing your profile.

Video Instructions


How can I make the most of myCCO? 

Upload Your 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.
  4.        Select your document type. Use “Other Documents” for your transcript.

Edit Profile Privacy to be included in Resume Books and receive emails from myCCO

  1. Resume Books are a feature of myCCO that allows employers to pull resumes from students who meet the criteria of a position they’re looking to fill. If you opt-in for resume books, you have the chance to receive an email or call from an employer about a position!
  2. CCO Career Consultants will email you every time there is an on-campus interviewing opportunity that hasn’t received a lot of applicants so you know about the opportunity. You will also receive the Inside Track-a weekly career newsletter that updates you on career events happening that week.

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.
  3. Use the search bar and the advanced search options to find job postings relevant you.
  4. 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.
  5. Note: Read the job posting carefully as the employer may refer you to the company website to apply.

Create Job Search Agents

  1. After running an “Advanced Search,” Click “Saved Searches.”
  2. Give your search a title and set a schedule for new job posting to be sent to you.
  3. Select “Yes” for “New Results Only.”
  4. Click “Save.”

Video Instructions

Follow Purdue Internships on Twitter

  1. Purdue Internships keeps you connected to myCCO internship postings on a daily basis!


What else comes with a myCCO account?

  • Live Online Resume, Interview and Job Coaching: Brainfuse Job Now
  • Ability to practice interviewing using Big Interview
  • Access company data using Mergent Online
  • Access to listings of company information sessions
  • Network with company contacts who have recently recruited at Purdue
  • See what companies are coming to upcoming career fairs


Having trouble creating your account?

  • FORGOTTEN PASSWORD: If you think you have an existing account in myCCO but don't remember your PU-ID, email with the subject line: Existing myCCO Account Forgot PU-ID.
  • ALUMNI: If you need to request your PU-ID: Click here to submit the Alumni PU-ID Request form and the CCO will respond to your request within 3-5 business days.
  • FUTURE STUDENT: We look forward to seeing you on campus. Your PU-ID will work at the beginning of the semester that you start your full-time classes.
  • REGIONAL CAMPUS: Students attending any of the Purdue Regional Campuses or Statewide Technology locations pursuing a "Purdue" degree are eligible to utilize myCCO. Please contact your campus Career Services office.
  • POST DOC FELLOWS: Please complete the PU-ID Request form. In the Problem Description area please enter CURRENT POST DOC and the department that currently employs you. Note: When you create your myCCO account, select the graduation year you will finish your post doc position at Purdue University.

Have questions? Please contact the CCO at

I agree to:

Accurate Information: Certify my job search documents to be truthful and accurate

Grant Access: Allow CCO to provide my job search documents to prospective employers

Honor Commitments: Keep all appointments that I've scheduled with employers and CCO Staff

Genuine Interest: Sign up for interviews with only employers with whom I'm interested in working

Professional Conduct: Accept an offer of employment in good faith and immediately notify employers of acceptance or non-acceptance of the offer. Withdraw from interviewing process and no longer pursue positions with other employers

Report Suspicious Inqueries: Understand that job seekers can be deceived by organizations posing as legitimate employers. Evidence of this behavior includes requests for personal information (i.e. social security numbers or credit card numbers) and requests for money. If you're suspicious of such an organization, do not respond to them and please share details with us at

Consequences for Non-Compliance: Accept that failure to adhere to any point in this agreement may result in the removal of my interview privileges in the Center for Career Opportunities

The CCO agrees to:

Provide Services: Assist you with your career decision-making and job search activities

Access of Information: Provide access to a range of career opportunities and types of employers

Non-Discrimination: Provide access and reasonable accommodations to prospective employers without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability

Protect Confidentiality: Exercise sound judgment and fairness in maintaining your confidentiality

Student Advocacy: Respond to employer EEO non-compliance concerns and unethical behavior. Follow-up with those posting suspicious vacancies, when possible, and consult with students and alumni affected by this dubious behavior

On-campus Interviewing: Cancellation and Missed Interview Policy

If you must miss an interview, you are required to cancel it in advance. When you fail to cancel your interviews in a timely fashion or do not appear for your interviews, your actions reflect poorly on you as an individual and on the University as a whole. Not only do you inconvenience the employer, but you may also deprive another student of a valuable interview opportunity. These situations, if unchecked may also have more serious implications on the University's relationships with employers overall.

Therefore, the Center for Career Opportunities treats these incidents very seriously and advises you to take special note of the following Cancellation and Missed Interview Policy.

Interview Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations will NOT be accepted via email or voice mail.
  • Students must appear in person in Young 132 to complete paper work before an interview can be cancelled
  • Students are required to give three business days or 72 hours notice to cancel an interview
  • Always investigate an alternate date with the employer before you cancel an interview
  • It is your responsibility to speak personally with the employer representative and explain why you will not be attending the interview. Be aware, however that the employer may still report you to the CCO
  • If you cancel an appointment directly with an employer, remember to also contact the CCO
  • Regional Campus Students ( Purdue Calumet, IUPUI, Purdue North Central and IUPU Ft Wayne ) are required to work through their Regional Career Services office to cancel interviews. The Regional Campus Liaison will forward the information regarding the cancellation

Sudden Illness or Serious Personal Emergency on Interview Day

  • Students are expected to contact the CCO (765) 494 - 3981 prior to their interview time. Employers check-in between 8 and 8:30 AM and should be notified prior to that time

Employers typically are not in the office on weekends. Monday appointments should be cancelled no later than Friday morning.

If you miss an interview:

  • Your myCCO account will be locked
  • You will receive an e-mail from CCO with instructions to come to Young 132 immediately to resolve this matter
  • You will be required to meet with a walk-in counselor and discuss the reason you missed the business appointment to which you committed
  • The discussion and your reason for missing the interview will determine whether or not your file will be reactivated and if you will have the opportunity to use myCCO in the future.