Transition Services: Job Search

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The Workplace

Successful job search is a combination of career and organizational research, proactive and thoughtful strategy and the power of networking. This page offers useful information and resources supporting exploration and clarification of your new target. 

Job market statistics are helpful in determining regional and local occupational trends and where opportunity is for career growth. 

Job Search Ven Diagram

For big picture information, try (the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and (California Labor Market Information).  For career exploration and job analysis, (O’NET).   

Job Search Strategy

Setting Up 

Develop a system for noting where you applied, the date and job title.  Keep an active file with copies of job postings, resumes, cover letters and calendar for follow-up dates. 

Consider successful strategies in the past?  How did you land your last job? Were you referred by a friend, did you work with a recruiter?

Time Management

Ideally, structure a regular time every day for job search.

Balance your job search with other activities.  A good measurement is “The 60/30/10 Rule” (Richard Bolles, “What Color is Your Parachute”):

  • 30% Online
  • 10% Preparing Resume, Applications and other documentation
  • 60% Face-Face/Voice-To-Voice Communication

Build a Plan 

Use Research to narrow your search and find that spot where your skills, interests and values intersect with the job market.

  • Job titles vary from business to business. How many ways can you think of to describe your work?
  • Pick two or three industries or organizations to explore interest and work culture fit.
  • Look to match your transferable skills, technical expertise and/or interests.
  • Search Industry Information:  Historic trends, recent activity, products, services, job postings, company culture.


  • Corporate websites, glassdoor, linkedIn, google search
  • Background on job descriptions
  • Search professional groups and research executive bios
  • O’Net for basic description:

Current hiring needs at UCB: 

  • Financial Planning and Administration
  • Fund Development
  • Management
  • Operations
  • Data Management

Job Search Resources 

Learn More

Support Videos:

Note: LinkedIn Learning 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 section below.