Ready for another of edition of "Get to Know the Office"? We know you are!
We are back again with another one of our wonderful Peer Consultants. Our PCs (as we lovingly call them) are here to help you with all things professional development. They can help you with interview preparation, revise your resume, and give you advice when it comes to the search for an internship or full-time job. The Center for Career Opportunities' Peer Consultants are a fabulous team who understand the struggles of being a Purdue student and are ready to assist you to the best of their ability!
On this week's edition of "Get to Know the Office" we sit down with Tim Stroud and learn about his time as a Peer Consultant.
What year are you and what are you studying?
Senior in Building Construction Management.
How long have you been working at the CCO?
This is my 3rd year working at the CCO.
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?
I've learned that a resume says a lot about person, but it doesn't say everything. I've seen resumes as short as half a page to as long as five pages, but after talking with those particular individuals and every resume that I felt needed a lot of work, I realized that you can't judge a book by it's cover.
Everybody has their own unique experiences, and it's our job to make sure that those are highlighted in the best way possible. My time as a Peer Consultant has taught me to be patient with all those who come in the doors of the CCO, because you never know who's resume you're reviewing - he or she could be the next astronaut or president.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of the job is getting feedback from students who tell me that I was really helpful during the drop-in appointment. It's a small sentiment, but hearing it and seeing the look of hope on their face is the most rewarding part.
What is one piece of advice you would give Purdue students?
Stay ready so you don't have to get ready. Meaning that you should always be prepared for anything in case the worst happens. And that applies to anything in life. By way of the CCO, this includes making sure your resume & LinkedIn are up to date and having a basic cover letter prepared for applying to jobs.
Tim has the experience and motivation to help you compose a resume or walk you through different job search strategies!
Come visit him and our other PCs during 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 you make the most out of your Purdue education.
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