The CPE offers Harding students many different resources and services.  Connecting employers and students is among our main focuses. Each semester, the CPE hosts several career fairs, informational sessions, and on-campus interviews.  These events are great opportunities to learn about different companies and meet current employees and employers.  We also focus on professional development.  The CPE organizes multiple events and workshops designed to equip students with the skills necessary to confidently navigate the professional world.  We help students with resumes, cover letters, soft skills, interview preparation, and offer negotiation.  For more information on how we can serve you, check out the FAQ below.  For a list of this semester's events and workshops, connect with us on Handshake.

Handshake is one of the CPE's newest assets.  For more information on Handshake, watch our video below.


Handshake, the job networking service for the College of Business, is among the CPE's most used tools. Introduced in 2017, it connects students to potential internships and employers. It is freely accessible to all College of Business students (as well as other majors) and requires your Harding login to use. If you do not already have a Handshake account, you can register here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can the CPE do for me?

Professional Development

Beyond the skills you learn in your classes, we want you to have the confidence, polish, and soft skills that make you stand out to employers.  Being comfortable and professional while navigating a networking event or a business lunch are valuable skills that place you a notch above competing candidates.

Job & Internship Search

Job searching can be difficult.  Our relationships with top companies gives 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 sift through available positions to find one that is best for your personality and skill set.

Resume Review

There are a lot of "Dos and Don'ts" when it comes to resumes and the acceptable format has changed over the last few years.  To make sure your resume isn't out of date, upload it to Handshake and it will be automatically routed to our office for review.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.

How do I use Handshake?

Each Harding student already has an account with Handshake.  Simply login using your Harding email and pipeline password.  After you've successfully registered on Handshake, you can search for jobs and internships based on location, industry, majors being recruited, and more. Graduate students and Alumni can also create a Handshake account to search for job opportunities or to post openings in their companies for current students.

You can also use Handshake to see what events are being held on campus.  Every semester we have at least one large career fair as well as multiple workshops, informational sessions, and on-campus interviews.  You can find information about these events and register for them on Handshake.

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.