Transition Services is an award-winning program provided by Berkeley People & Culture to support staff whose jobs are impacted by organizational change, fiscal or operational restructuring. We recognize that an unexpected layoff is difficult and offer a variety of resources to help employees through their career transition. Affected employees may need to expand their job search beyond the University community.
According to the Department of Labor Statistics, employees who work with supportive programs while in this process find new employment faster than those who chose to try it on their own.
Program offerings are tailored to assist an employee transitioning into a new job, either within the university or in the broader community, and include career coaching, resume development, interview preparation, and job search strategies. Additional resources are provided through campus partnerships with University Health Services, People and Organization workshops, and technical trainings.
Career Management Phase 1: Getting Ready
First things first, check here for links to important information and action items needed to make a career change including financial, retirement, health insurance, unemployment and other benefits.
Phase 1 Resources
- COVID-19 general information related to Campus and Staff
- Managing Change: Dealing with the Effects of Job Loss (PDF)
- Cobra Rates Tip Sheet 2020 (PDF): cost of converting your current health insurance coverage
- UC Retirement and Savings:
- Fidelity Savings: for questions about Fidelity Savings and Retirement Services (403b) call 866-682-7787
- UC Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC) 1-800-888-8267
- UCnet Retirement and Savings Plans
- Unemployment Insurance:
- To file for unemployment, access California Training Benefits and job postings. Note: you must be past your separation date to apply.
Then, pull together all the information you need to make a plan, build a resume, apply for unemployment (check stubs, layoff letter). Include work history and references.
Phase 1 Tools and Services
Manage your job search - keep a file with job descriptions and applications, notes of meetings and referrals, follow-up dates.
- Our World of Work - Navigating the Job Market: Tools and resources to create strategies, discover opportunities and develop targets.
- CareerARC (PDF): Register for this online resource that includes additional 1-1 employment coaching. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- UC Berkeley's Career Development Workshops
- Strengths Finder: assessment to help define your transferable skills.
- ONet OnLine: Find career descriptions, requirements and labor markets.
- Salary.com: Compare salaries by national or local job markets.
- UCOP Title Code Web Inquiry System
- LinkedInLearn: Sign up with your UCBerkeley email to access the training library. LinkedIn Learning (Formerly Lynda.com) | People & Culture
- Job Search: Develop a proactive plan, build your network, gain insights through research and informational interviewing. Tips on application and follow-up.
- Transition Services Technical Training: build skills in data management and reporting. Courses offered by an industry-recognized expert and outstanding instructor.
- Transition Services Job Search Workshop Calendar: online courses coming for Resume Development, Job Search Support and Application for Unemployment Benefits.
Career Management Phase 2
Anything in writing that represents you in your job search, resume, cover letter or online profile should clearly identify and communicate what makes you a standout match for the jobs you are interested in pursuing.
Phase 2 Tools, Resources, and Services
Resume: Develop a resume based on current workplace best practices for your field, representing your strongest skills and accomplishments.
- PDF Resume Builder (coming soon)
- Transferable Skills Resource (coming soon)
Communications: Create targeted cover letters, learn protocols for email, and LinkedIn connections.
- PDF Cover Letter Builder (coming soon)
Application Tracking Systems: Review best practices in getting through applicant tracking systems.
- JobSCAN for resume and cover letter optimization
LinkedIn Profile: Conversational and professional, how does your profile work for you? LinkedIn offers room for 50 ways to describe your work. What will you use?
Career Management Phase 3
If you are selected for an interview, consider that you are likely chosen out of many applicants, and you have met the primary qualifications. The purpose of the interview, for both parties, is to further explore fit, expectations, and work culture.
Phase 3 Tools, Resources, and Services
Interviewing: Preparation and practice tools for virtual, 1-1and phone venues. The more you practice the better your chance for a relaxed, professional conversation.
Negotiating, Accepting, or Rejecting a job offer: Information on accepting or rejecting a job offer, how and when to negotiate salary, job conditions, or benefits.
Succeeding in A New Position: The first 90 days on your new job can set a tone for how successful you will be. Included here are resources to support that transition.
Eligibility for Services
We offer services to employees at all professional levels whose jobs have been impacted by reduction-in-force or organizational restructuring. This can include career or long-term contract employees, medical separations or other special circumstances.
COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on jobs and workplace operations at UC Berkeley. This will likely impact organizational operations throughout much of 2020. Please note the following resources: https://news.berkeley.edu/coronavirus/
If you have questions regarding our services, please feel free to contact us at the number below.
People & Culture (formerly Central Human Resources)
University of California, Berkeley
2199 Addison St., Room 192 (University Hall)
Berkeley, CA 94720-3540
Phone: (510) 542-0307