The CPE offers career and professional development services to Harding University students and alumni.  Each year, the CPE hosts multiple career fairs, employer information sessions, on-campus interviews, and professional development events.  These events are great opportunities for students to connect with prospective employers and learn about careers in various fields of business.   

Some of the services that we offer students are: resume review, cover letter development, job search assistance, mock interviews, job offer negotiation tips, and professional profile photos for Handshake and LinkedIn.

For more information on how we can serve you, check out the FAQ at the bottom of the page.  Connect with us on Handshake to view a complete list of our upcoming events and workshops, as well as current job opportunities.

Handshake, is where students can register for CPE events, connect with prospective employers, and find that dream job or internship. Handshake is available to all students and alumni and can be accessed with your Harding user name and password. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What can the CPE do for me?

Professional Development

Beyond the technical skills you learn in your classes, we want you to have the confidence, polish, and soft skills that will make you stand out to employers.  Being comfortable and professional when navigating a networking event, office visit, or business lunch can place you a notch above competing candidates. We host events throughout the year to enhance the professional development of students.

Job & Internship Search

Searching for a job or internship can be difficult.  Our relationships with top companies give you more opportunities than if you were searching on your own. If you are having trouble setting career goals or knowing what positions you should apply to, come in and talk to us.  We'd be happy to help you identify positions that are best suited for your personality and skill set.

Resume Review

There are a number of "Dos and Don'ts" when it comes to resumes and cover letters. The acceptable formats have changed over the years.  To make sure your document isn't out of date, upload it to Handshake and it will be automatically routed to our office for review.  You can also visit our office for in-person feedback or tips to get you started.

Mock Interviews

A mock interview is an opportunity to practice before your actual interview. The CPE will help students craft the best answers to common interview questions and help prepare them for the unexpected.  Students can schedule a mock interview with the CPE office directly from Handshake. 

Professional Headshots

Having a professional profile photo will help your job search. We want to set you up for success and recruiters are much more likely to connect with you on social media if you have a professional photo.  The CPE hosts an event each semester for students to get a professional profile photo taken by a university photographer.  Students can also schedule an appointment for a photo on Handshake.

How do I use Handshake?

Each Harding student already has an account with Handshake.  Simply login using your Harding user name and password.  After you've successfully registered on Handshake, you can search for jobs and internships. Students can also use Handshake to view a list of career/professional development events that the CPE is hosting.

How can I get help with my resume, cover letter, or other documents?

If you are just starting to write your resume, you might benefit from one of our example resume packets.  Printed copies can be found on the CPE table just outside our office door under the TV screen..

Once you have completed your resume, upload it to Handshake using the document section under your profile.  Simply upload your resume, and it will be sent to our office for review.  Be sure to check your Harding email for any feedback or suggested edits.

You can also stop by our office at any time to get one-on-one feedback or if you are having trouble getting started.

Are employers ever on campus for in-person interviews?

Yes, they are! Companies looking to hire for internships or full-time positions will organize on-campus interviews through our office.  These opportunities will be shared through our social media posts, on Handshake, and advertised on the TV screens located around the Mabee building.

How do I upload my document to Handshake?