Career Development

Career development is a self-initiated process with support and resources provided by managers and the organization.  At Cal, we use a 5-part model of career development to help you organize your career development planning activities.  We encourage you to explore all the information, resources, and tools provided in each area of our model.  To begin your exploration, we encourage you to take the career development competencies assessment (PDF).

Career Program

Sponsored by Staff Learning and Development, UHS provides career counseling to staff and faculty who wish to clarify career questions and to plan sound and attainable career goals. The Career Development Program for Staff also offers a series of workshops addressing many of these topics. The program involves a process of assessment and self-exploration that will lead to a better understanding of interests, skills and goals and, ultimately, increased ability to make meaningful career decisions at UC Berkeley.

Job Search: Interviewing

CONGRATULATIONS - you've been selected for an interview! Preparation builds confidence, and the more prepared you are for an interview, the more successful the outcome is likely to be. Understanding the position, the department's mission, and anticipating and preparing for difficult questions are the keys to maximizing your chances for interview success.

Job Search: Resumes

You often make your first impression on hiring managers and Search Committees through your resume, and you want your resume to be outstanding. A truly outstanding resume is custom-tailored to the position you want, presenting information in order of relevance to the position.

Job Search: Cover Letters

The purpose of a cover letter is to introduce you and show the prospective hiring manager and Search Committee that:

  • Your background fits their particular job and department
  • You have done your homework on the department
  • You can be an asset to the hiring manager

Use the cover letter to expand on points from your resume that you feel are especially noteworthy or relevant.

Always include a cover letter along with a resume.

Prepare an original cover letter for each position - NOT a form letter.