As an employer of choice, Berkeley has the opportunity to hire and retain bright and committed people. Occasionally some of our very talented staff lose their positions because of re-structuring occurring at Berkeley, similar to the organic transformation in many organizations that strive to meet new priorities and changing needs.

Transition Services Program


The Transition Services Program is provided by Human Resources-Employment Services. It has been developed to support UC Berkeley employees who are being separated as a result of our current budget situation and other circumstances. Affected employees may need to expand their job search beyond the university community, and the Transition Services Program can assist in facilitating a terminated employee’s search for a new job.

First Steps

Where Are You Now?

Any career transition should start with a review of your skills and interests.  Excellent resources are available through the Staff Career Development Center through individual career counseling assessment tools such as the Meyers Briggs and Strong Interest Inventory, and workshops in career decision.   A full range of information is available at: 

Job Search

Note: is a well developed, online training resource available to UC Berkeley staff by logging in with your Berkeley email address. In collaboration Transition Services, the Career Development Program for staff and UC Recruiting have partnered to review and suggest videos listed in the Support Videos sections below.

Layoff: Communicating with the Employee

Telling employees that they are going to be laid off is never an easy task. You may experience anxiety and guilt about having to take the action. Recognize that these feelings are normal. Making sure that you treat the employee humanely and compassionately will help to make this difficult situation more tolerable for both of you. Be sure to tell the employee to consult the applicable policy or contract.

Layoff: Introduction (for departments)

Many departments are facing difficult budget decisions that may result in reorganizations or staff reductions.

Nevertheless, sometimes layoffs are inevitable. Having to reduce staff can be one of the most difficult challenges that managers face. To respond to this challenge, Central Human Resources (Central HR) offers services and resources to support both management and staff during these turbulent times.