Career Planning

To help you plan your future career, Mills offers an online service called Focus 2 which you can access through the Mills Resource Portal. This 24/7 resource covers 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. We've also compiled a Mills Career Planning Guide (PDF) which is a handy reference tool on networking, interviewing, job shadowing, and negotiating. Following are examples of some of the key tools you'll need in your job search.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Your resume is your professional marketing tool and generally your ticket to an interview. There are different formats you can use to fit your unique situation or the type of job you are seeking.

Chronological: This resume format presents work experiences in chronological order focusing on job titles and company name. Use this approach when staying in the same field; job history shows growth, stable work history, and impressive job titles.
Samples: Biology (PDF), Spanish (PDF)

Functional or Skills-Based: This format focuses on skill sets with accomplishments listed under the skills heading. Use this approach when changing career fields or when you have minimal experience or work experience related to the job.
Samples: English (PDF), Chemistry

Combination or Hybrid: This format utilizes some aspects of the chronological and functional formats and allows the writer more flexibility in organizing a resume.
Samples: Ethnic Studies, Economics (PDF)

Curriculum Vitae: Also known as a vita or CV (PDF), the curriculum vita is more detailed than a resume and is typically preferred in academic settings.

Here are tips (PDF) for writing strong accomplishment statements.

Cover Letter

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 (PDF) or visit Focus 2 through the Mills Resource Portal.


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 (PDF) available on a separate document.