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CareerBeam: A 24/7 resources for every aspect of your job search including comprehensive industry and company information, contacts and job postings and career assessments to help you implement your search.

Mills Career Planning Guide: Your handy guide to Networking, Interviewing, Job Shadowing and Negotiating

College/Graduate School Blue Print: A checklist of how best use your time as an undergraduate at Mills to secure a job or graduate school offer after graduation.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Your resume is your professional marketing tool and generally your ticket to an interview.

Chronological: Presents work experiences in chronological order focusing on job titles and company name. Use when staying in the same field, job history shows growth, stable work history, impressive job titles.

Samples: Biology, Nursing 

Functional or Skills-Based: Focuses on skill sets with accomplishments listed under skills heading. Use when changing career fields, minimal experience, have work experience not related to the job.
Samples: English, Chemistry

Combination or Hybrid: Utilizes some aspects of the chronological and functional formats. Allows the writer more flexibility in organizing a resume.
Samples: Ethnic Studies, Economics

A Curriculum Vitae (also known as a Vita or CV) is more detailed than a resume and is typically preferred in academic settings.

Here are tips for writing strong accomplishment statements.

Cover Letter

When applying for a job or internship, many employers will request a cover letter along with your resume. Cover letters are targeted one-page documents that highlight your writing style and include your most relevant experiences and skills. View a general cover letter format and other samples at CareerLab.


A potential employer may ask for references. Get permission before listing someone as a reference. A reference should be someone who can speak to your skills, abilities, professionalism, and potential (i.e., a past employer/supervisor, professor, coach). Avoid including any relatives or individuals you know in a social capacity. You should have a list available on a separate document.




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Last Updated: 2/11/15