Upcoming career planning and self-assessment workshops include:
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).
There are many resources available to you at UC Berkeley to help with the career management phase of your career development planning. These include workshops, books, online resources, and worksheets.
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.
If you are ready to begin a job search, you will need to build up your ability to write attention-getting résumés and cover letters, and to successfully interview for positions. Investigate this Job Search section for samples, tips, and information on all these areas and more. Good luck!
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.
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.
As a supervisor or manager at Cal, you play a key role in the success of the university by helping to develop the workforce of the future. Each individual's career is a personal, lifelong quest for satisfaction and accomplishment, for learning and growth, for the security of an income, and for self-expression.
Changes in an organization lead to a psychological process of transitions for the employees of that organization. The phases of transition are:
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.