10 Myths about The Career Center

There are many myths surrounding exactly what it is that we do at The Career Center. We are here to make your job search experience as painless as possible, but in order to do that we must separate the myths from the facts. Here are your top 10 myths:



10. We find you jobs and/or internships

  • It sure would be nice (and would certainly be easy) if students could walk into The Career Center just before graduation and choose a job from a menu of opportunities prepared exclusively for them. Unfortunately, getting a job is not as easy as ordering dinner. By law, The Career Center staff cannot select candidates or make hiring decisions on behalf of employers; employers have to make these hiring decisions themselves, and that means that students have to be prepared to apply for jobs and professionally present their qualifications in interviews. We wouldn’t want someone else choosing a job for us; we would want to be a part of that process.What we actually do is assist you in your job and/or internship search effort. Our job is to help you explore, prepare and evaluate employment options.

9. You only need our services when you have reached your last semester of classes.

  • You can and should come into our offices early in your academic career. We encourage you to start your career planning as early as possible. We can do this through a variety of ways, such as career assessments, career exploration activities such as informational interviews, teaching you job search strategies and making sure you are offering a well developed professional package that will impress a future employer.

8. We write your resumes for you.

  • Our job is to help you learn how to create a resume that is appropriate for you at this stage in your career. We do not write resumes for anyone, but will provide you with tools, resources and guidelines to make your resume work for you.

7. You are guaranteed employment when you come to the Career Center.

  • Sorry, we are not job search agents. We won’t contact employers with your resume trying to convince them that you are a great candidate worthy of consideration. We legally can’t recommend individual students to employers. We work on behalf of all students and alumni of Purdue University. We do a lot of employer relationship building in order to make employers aware of the recruiting services we offer and the talents and qualifications our students possess. Seriously, log into CareerTrax and search the employer and jobs/internships database. We also post job and internship opportunities on our Twitter feeds that are not posted on CareerTrax. We reach out to many employers, and a lot of employers use our recruiting services, but you have to apply and you have to close the deal. We can help you with salary negotiation, professionalism, and transition from college to the workplace.

6. Services are not available to alumni or anyone from any other Purdue Systems schools.

  • The Career Center services are a lifetime benefit and are available to all students and alumni of Purdue University regardless of their campus affiliation.

5. Good companies do not participate in our career fairs.

  • We have built a distinguished network with local organizations to bring you the best possible opportunities by being an extension of the Purdue family. Employers recruit on college campuses when they need to. If they can generate a sufficient number of qualified candidates for their job opportunities without physically coming to campus, they usually won’t come to campus. And, employers that do recruit on college campuses do not necessarily go to all college campuses, recruit to fill all types of positions, or recruit all majors. Lastly, on-campus interviewing is not the only tool employers use to recruit entry-level talent from colleges and universities. As a job seeker, your job is to research and understand the hiring dynamics of the industries you wish to enter and adjust your job search strategies to your industry. We actively recruit employers and host career fairs and virtual events throughout the year. Our students can also attend career fairs at other colleges. Check out our Career Events page to learn more about the opportunities that are open to you.

4. Networking is not important and only benefits outgoing students.

  • This myth keeps people from participating in an activity that could benefit from tremendously. Business and careers are all extensions of networking.

3. You have to pay for services at the Career Center.

  • The services at the Career Center are completely FREE for students and Alumni of entire Purdue System.

2. Coming to the Career Center is a complete waste of time.

  • Not coming to the Career Center can cost you valuable time. Get in the know, find out about events, the benefits and have a professional resume to present when opportunities arise.

And the biggest myth of the Career Center is……..drum roll please!

1. That drop advising hours are our “new” hours of operation.

  • The Career Center Service hours of operation are Monday -Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This post was adapted from Matt Berndt, University of Texas through NACE, LinkedIn and the Wall Street Journal.

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Upcoming Career Events


The North Central Campus is home to the Fall Career Expo, which will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST in the Library Student Faculty (LSF) building in room 144. We hope that you will come by to meet the organizations that will be present with job opportunities. Click here to see who’s coming!

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in LSF 170A our Business Etiquette Luncheon (North Central Campus) will be in full swing. There is a $10 refundable deposit that is returned the day of the event.

Proper table setting Luncheon

Business Etiquette Luncheon North Central

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 8, 2014 if you’re interested in furthering your education through graduate school or a professional program (i.e. medical school, veterinary school, etc). There will be a webinar in LSF 170A from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. to provide attendees that are interested learning more about how to prepare for the admissions process. We will also have experts there to answer your questions.

You don’t want to miss any of these upcoming events. If you can’t make them all, plan to make at least one. Hope to see you there


The Calumet campus has equally exciting events that should be on your radar. On October 6 & 7th the Rapid Resume Reviews are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you want a quick overview of how to improve your resume, you want to make yourself available for this. This event is in partnership with The Writing Center. The resume reviews will be held in The Career Center in Student Union Library (SUL) building in room 349  and The Writing Center in the Classroom Office (CLO) building  room 263.

The Part-Time / On Campus Jobs Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the SUL concourse.  This fair will feature employers seeking to hire part time employees for permanent and seasonal employment, as well as, internships. Please stay tuned to this blog for more information regarding registered employers.

Job fair sign

Part-Time Fair Calumet

Save the date for the Calumet campuses Business Etiquette Luncheon on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m in the Room with a View. There is a $10 refundable deposit due at the time of registration and returned at the event.

The Graduate School Investigation makes its way to the Calumet campus on Monday, November 17, 2014 beginning at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The webinar will run every hour on the hour in SUL 349. Don’t miss it!

With all these upcoming events, there is sure to be something that you can attend! Don’t meet us there, beat us there!


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Show your Purdue Pride- Pride Week and other events at PNC/PUC


The Purdue North Central campus is gearing up for our annual week-long of festivities in the plaza. Purdue Pride week is a collection of games, activities and clubs coming together for fun, food, and festivities all week-long. We want to encourage you to come out, get involved and get some free food! The plaza is the central pavilion in the center of campus, where a bunch of games will be played, free food will be served and music will be blasting. This is our official kick off to a great semester and we hope you come out and partake in the festivities, after all this is OUR home for the next 16 weeks.

In addition to Pride Week festivities on the North Central campus, the Calumet campus has a few upcoming events, such as career Services at your Service, a Biology Club meeting, and Patriot Day on September 11th from 11 to Noon. Stay tuned for updates on events at both locations as we will feature information for both sites.

As a friendly reminder, be sure to check out the NEW drop in advising at the Career Services Center at both campus locations.  Career services include; mock interviewing, externships, job shadowing and career planning services available by appointment only. Drop in hours are:

North Central Campus:

Tuesdays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursdays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Calumet Campus:

Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 12 p.m.
Thursdays 9:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.





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Welcome Back!

As we begin another eventful year with hopeful enthusiasm, it is my hope that this blog will inspire you to get involved, get engaged and get excited about all the possibilities that this year holds.

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