Career Guide

The HTM Career Center Guide contains information on the following:

Title IX

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." - What is  Title IX

Title IX is part of the Education Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. This federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Title IX applies to all participants of such programs, including students, parents and faculty/staff members. The purpose of Title IX is to help foster safe and respectful University environments that better protect students, faculty and staff from incidents of sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking.

Student's Title IX rights follow them to the employer during an internship/work experience.

This website provides community members with links to the University's policies, procedures and campus-specific resources.

Cover Letters

A cover letter introduces you and your resume to an employer, and you should send a cover letter with every resume you submit. In your cover letter, state why you are writing, why you are the best person for the job, and when you plan to contact your prospective employer. 

Many people think that a cover letter is not as important as a resume. Actually, a cover letter is very important, because it gives you the opportunity to draw your readers' attention to specific qualifications, to connect the dots for the reader and to show how your previous experiences apply to the job for which you are applying for. A resume presents a lot of information about your past employment and education, while a cover letter features specific qualifications that you think will impress your readers the most. A cover letter is also important because it provides a sample of your written communications skills. Showing you can write well will demonstrate your intelligence and help to establish your credibility. Always write cover letters with care, because, like resumes, cover letters create an image of who you are as aprofessional. You can find more Information on cover letters at the Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Purdue University - Center for Career Opportunities

The Center for Career Opportunities is in Young Hall.

How to Define your Qualifications

In order to market your abilities in a cover letter, you must know not only what your prospective employer desires, but also what you have to offer prospective employers. One way to build awareness of your qualifications is by thinking carefully about your past. Ask yourself what skills you have used at school or work that can be used at your next place of employment.

For example, if you worked a lot with people for a previous job, you can show you have interpersonal skills that may help you at your next job. These skills are transferable; they are, therefore, transferable skills. A transferable skill is an ability you utilized in your past that can be used at your next place of employment.

When building awareness of your qualifications, keep in mind that there are several transferable skills that are common among most job advertisements. These qualifications include:

  • Leadership qualities
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks at the same time (employers often call this "multi-tasking")
  • Teamwork skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Initiative to complete projects without supervision (employers sometimes refer to this as the "ability to work independently")
  • Written communications skills
  • Oral communications skills
  • Computer skills

To learn what you have to offer employers, you may want to think of ways you can prove you have each of the above skills. Focus on specific instances from your academic and work history that demonstrate you have these abilities.

For example, if you want to know whether you have strong written communications skills, think about your experiences with writing. Have you done any writing at a previous workplace? If so, what kind of writing? Memos, business letters, manuals, reports? Have you taken writing classes at college? Have you won any writing awards?

Before deciding to highlight specific skills in your cover letter, it is essential for you to learn which skills are most relevant to the job for which you are applying. The reason for this is that you should include in your cover letter proof you have the most important qualifications for a position.

What are Your Strengths: A Checklist

Personal trait strengths can make a critical difference in jobs of various types. Download the Strengths Checklist to find the adaptive skill words that best describe your personal traits.


A resume is often the first impression a potential employer has of you, it is designed with one purpose in mind - to generate enough interest to get you an interview. Creating a resume that reflects your personality, career goals, qualifications, and effectively "sells" you to a prospective employer takes time and thought. Do not send it out unless you are completely satisfied with the message it conveys. Most resumes are discarded. Giving the prospective employer reasons to separate yours from the crowd by giving indications of how your background and skills are transferable to his/her work enviroment.  The information contained in the links and handouts below will help you to create a winning resume.


Resume Organization

  • tailoring content to the audience
  • developing content
  • organizing sections
  • designing the page

Samples and Tips

  • section information and examples
  • resume styles
  • reference sheets
  • quick tips

Scannable Resumes

  • samples
  • keywords



Before stepping into an interview, be sure to practice, practice, practice. Going to a job interview without preparing is like an actor performing on opening night without rehearsing. The handouts below provide information to help you throughout the entire interview process. You may seek help through our HTM Career Center or The Center for Career Opportunities (CCO).

Interview Preparation

Sample Letters

Other Helpful Tips


For more information, contact:

HTM Career Center
Maria Poynter, Coordinator
Marriott Hall, Room 135-A
(765) 494-4729 

Hospitality & Tourism Management, 900 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, PH:(765) 494-4643, Fax: (765) 494-0327

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