Hey there Boilermakers!
The Center for Career Opportunities office is filled with qualified individuals who can help you reach your career and professional potential! Among our staff are our very knowledgeable Peer Consultants. They all have diverse backgrounds that cover a multitude of majors and specifications. These wonderful people also head up some of our very valuable professional development resources. Need help revising a resume? We can do that! Want to practice your interview skills? Our mock interviews will help you do just that! They understand the nerves that go into job and internship searches. They want to help you and share their experiences.
On this week's edition of "Get to Know the Office" we catch up with Katie Ley and learn about her experience as a Peer Consultant.
What year are you and what are you studying?
Sophomore in Finance
How long have you been working at the CCO?
This is my second year working at the Center for Career Opportunities.
What are your responsibilities? What does a Peer Consultant do?
I am a Peer Consultant, so I work with the drop-in appointments. This consists of resume reviews, writing cover letters, managing and creating LinkedIn profiles and myCCO accounts, job search strategies, and other various questions that students might have. Outside of drop-ins, I present at outreach events for various campus organizations.
What have you learned about resumes and professionalism through this position?
Throughout my time here at the CCO I have learned valuable skills that I can teach to other students about their resumes. I have learned more about how to organize resumes, what questions to ask to figure out what experiences you can put on a resume, and I have learned the bullet point formula that we live by. These skills are all very valuable for a great resume. Besides what I've learned, the CCO has also taught me how to work interactively with students and to be a helping hand.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of being a Peer Consultant is having the ability to help others through our drop-in hours. It makes me happy to know that with my help, students feel more confident about their abilities when they leave YONG 132.
What is one piece of advice you would give Purdue students?
My biggest piece of advice is to go out and get involved on campus. Then put those experiences on your resume and come see us so we can help you showcase all of your amazing skills and abilities!
Katie is one of the friendly faces you may meet with when you stop by our Drop-In hours in YONG 132, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. Receive free advice on how to best strengthen your resume, cover letter or interviewing skills. Reminder that this is a FREE resource right at your finger tips. We are here to help Boilers! Good luck in the first few weeks of the semester!
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