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Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Career Services

Career Help - Beyond Academia

Many people with advanced degrees pursue positions beyond traditional academic settings. A Ph.D. or master's can prepare one for success in industry, non-profits, consulting, publishing, policy, government, marketing, patent law, or even academic administration. Whether you are just exploring the idea of careers beyond academia or you are actively conducting a job search, we have resources to assist you.

Our career coordinators offer confidential one-on-one advising and practical tips for converting your CV into a resume, conducting informational interviews, and organizing a job search. We also offer a variety of workshops that examine transferable skills, networking, career assessments, and other topics relevant to those exploring careers beyond academia. Finally, be sure to explore our career library and the links below for additional resources and tips on your job search.

JOB SEARCH:
Resumes and Cover Letters
Job Search Methods
Networking
Recruiters
Finding/Researching Employers
References
Interviewing
Salary Information
Compensation Negotiation

CAREER EXPLORATION:
General - For All Disciplines
Occupational Information
Career Assessments
Social Sciences & Humanities
Natural & Physical Sciences

Resumes and Cover Letters

arrowResume Format and Examples - From the ICC Career Resource Manual
Experience in Industry
Examples: Experience in Academia
Examples:
Experience in Academia and Industry
Examples: Federal Government
Examples: Converting a Resume to CV
Examples: arrow How To Write A Masterpiece of A Resume - Rockport Institute
arrow Cover Letter Basics and other Correspondence - From ICC Career Resources Manual
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Job Search Methods

arrow 12 Tips For Job Search in A Tight Economy
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Networking/Professional Associations

arrow About Networking - Explains the basics of networking in a job search
arrow LinkedIn.com - Use to create your online profile and connect with companies, contacts and industry groups. Go to http://help.linkedin.com/ for tips on how to get started using LinkedIn
arrowSample Networking Emails and Networking 30 Second Introduction - Brandeis University
arrow Mashable.com - How to maximize your LinkedIn profile
arrow Weddles - Use to find professional associations
arrow CareerCafe - Use to find professional associations (scroll to the bottom of the page to access the profeesional association database)
arrowScience Careers.org - How to Build Your Network

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Recruiters

arrow Working With Recruiters - Explains how to incorporate recruiters into a job search
arrow Recruiters Online - Site for finding recruiters
arrow Online Recruiters Directory - Site for finding recruiters
arrow Staffing Agencies - List of local area staffing agencies
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Finding Employers/Researching

arrow Employment Development Department Database of California Employers - Search for employers by various criteria.
arrow Researching Employers Tips - Extensive resources for company research
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Reference Page

arrow How to Obtain and Use Reference Letters - From the ICC Careeer Resource Manual
arrow Sample Refernce List - Several samples shown
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Interviewing

arrow Interview Tips and Suggestions
arrow Interview Questions and Answers
arrow Illegal Interview Questions and Ways Employers Can Ask them Legally
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Salary Information

arrow Payscale.com - Need information about salary ranges for a position? This handy tool lets you research salaries in different geographic locations - an excellent resource
arrow Salary.com - This is another great tool for researching salary information in different geographic locations
arrow Glass Door - Find jobs and see company salaires, review, and interviews posted anonymously by employees
arrow Jobstar Salary Information - Salary surveys and negotiation information
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Compensation Negotiation

arrow Salary Negotiation and Job Offer Tools and Resources
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General - For All Disciplines

arrow Sample Alternative Career Paths for Advanced Degree Holders - Displays alternative career areas grouped by Science and Engineering and Humanities/Education/Social Sciences.
arrow Careers Beyond Academia - Informational Interviews with UCD Alums
We've contacted UCD alums who have transitioned to careers beyond academia. Explore their online interviews to gain a better understanding of variety of careers available to PhDs and Masters degree holders.
arrow PhD Career Guide - Website and blog on PhD career paths. Created by Rutgers graduate student, Michael D'Ecclessis for fellow PhDs. Includes information about careers beyond academia and academic careers.
arrow Transferable Skills - How to transfer the skills acquired in your graduate training to the world outside academia.
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Occupational Information

arrow America's Career InfoNet - Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
arrow BioCareers.com - Look at bottom right-hand corner of the Home page for links to job descriptions in the Biosciences including consulting, government, law, biopharma business and more
arrow Bureau of Labor Statistics - Links to many occupational guides
arrow California Career Infonet - Career planning and job search information
arrow Job Profiles - Descriptions of various occupations
arrow Labor Market Info - Portal to many occupational resources
arrow Occupational Outlook Handbook - Comprehesive occupational information compiled by the Burearu of Labor Statistics
arrow O*NET - Database of thousands of job descriptions
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Career Assessments

UC Davis Services:
arrow For UCD Graduate Students - click on Career Counseling link.
arrow For UCD Postdocs

Additional Online Assessments:
arrow Career Zone - Select Work Importance Profiler for Values; Select Interest Profiler for Interests
arrowO*Net - Skills assessment that links preferred skills to job titles and descriptions
arrow I Seek - Skills assessment
arrow Humanmetrics - Personality Assessment based on the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator

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Social Sciences & Humanities

arrow The Versatile PhD - Geared towards both PhDs and Masters students in the humanities and social sciences. UC Davis has a subscription for premium content including career panels, hiring success stories, examples of resumes and cover letters and other helpful materials.
arrow#Alt-academy - Explores unconventional or alternative academic careers for Humanities scholars.
arrow Wrk4Us - This site contains an archive of panel discussions on various careers in the social sciences and humanities for PhD and Masters degree holders. An excellent resource for those exploring careers beyond academia. Note that the Wrk4Us group has become the Versatile PhD, but these archives are only available at the old site.
arrow Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences - Very useful information on career options in areas including Higher Education Administration, Non-Profits, Consulting, Government and more.
arrow Sell Out - A resource for PhDs considering careers beyond academia. Created by an English PhD who now works in the software industry.
arrow BeyondAcademe.com - For History PhD's leaving academia, but contains information of interest to anyone looking for careers beyond academia.
arrow The Journeyman - A personal account of entering into and eventually leaving academia for a satisfying career.
arrow Linguistlist.org - Information for linguists.
arrow Art Historians - Creative career alternatives for art historians.
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Natural & Physical Sciences

arrow My Science Career - Career help site with many excellent articles and resources.
arrow For Engineers & Physical Scientists - A List of Employment Agencies that look for temporary and permanent employees.
arrow American Statistical Association Career Center
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