Transition Services Program

Transition Services Program 

What is this program?

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 we offer services to work with 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.

Services Offered

These services are tailored to assist an employee transitioning into a new job either within the university or in the broader community. Program offerings include career coaching, resume development, interview preparation, and job search strategies. Additional resources are provided through campus partnerships with University Health Services and People and Organization development professional development workshops, and technical trainings. 

Services include:

  • First Steps:  First pull together all the information you need to build a resume, apply for unemployment, make a plan including work history and references and utilize career counseling, assessment tools and workshops. 

  • CareerARC:  Register for this online resource that includes additional 1-1 employment coaching. Contact for additional information. 

  • Resume:  Develop a resume based on current workplace best practices

  • CommunicationsCreate targeted cover letters, email and other ways to communicate.  

  • Job Search:  Develop a proactive job search and networking plan.

  • Interviewing:  Practice interviews for virtual, 1-1 and phone venues

  • Transition Services Workshops: This series of Transition Services workshops are designed and delivered for the active job seeker: Resume Development; Communications; Interviewing; Networking and Planning for Strategic Job Search. 

  • Transition Services Technical Training: Course description coming soon!

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 Resources

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:


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

Download the program overview