Career Services

Career Services

Career Services Resource Hub

Welcome to the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Career Services Resource Hub where you can:

  • Explore the latest job search techniques;
  • Get the support you need for a successful job search;
  • Discover new job opportunities; and
  • Career-related course offerings.

You can find worksheets and information to help you get started in your job search and refine your presentation. Polish up your resumé, practice your networking skills, and learn about LinkedIn strategy, personal branding, diversity centers, and upcoming career fairs. It’s never too early to get started and see what’s out there for you.

Earn a badge in Soft Skills

"Soft skills aren’t as soft as they sound. In fact, they can make or break your career—especially when it comes to remote work."*

UCSC Silicon Valley Extension is offering a self-directed, online soft skills course for anyone who wants to improve their ability to interact successfully with colleagues, managers, employees, and friends. Soft skills are those skills that help to shape your personal habits and traits and guide how well you work with others. These kinds of skills are as crucial (or more) to career success as technological expertise, according to research. Learning these types of skills has been shown to reduce job loss due to automation.

The soft skills that you learn in this course will make you more marketable to employers and improve your networking skills. At the completion of this 0.5 CEU course, you will earn a badge to add to your LinkedIn profile and resume.

Next Soft Skills course starting soon.

*Forbes article: The top 25 soft skills remote workers need in 2021, Jan 12, 2021

Job opportunities

On campus job board

In Silicon Valley it’s often as much about who you know as what you know. Think of our instructors, program chairs, advisory boards, and recruitment partners as your professional network. You’ll find new job listings every week on the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Job Board in the break room on campus.

Know about a great job?

Are you a recruiter, business, or industry professional looking for employees who are skilled in the latest methods and best practices to get the job done? Let us know. Please email jobs and internships to so we can post it on the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Job Board.

Career-related course offerings

Check out these courses that can help you navigate the Silicon Valley job hunt...

  • Redesigning Your Career - Accelerated Weekend Career Workshop
    Identify hidden career opportunities that fit your current career aspirations and your future career goals and develop an effective marketing strategy and action plan. Practice live interviews and participate in valuable feedback sessions.
  • Interviewing For Success: Using Structured Interviewing Techniques
    Improve your interviewing skills and evaluation techniques through discussion, lecture, role-playing, and videotaping so you can make more effective candidate selection and hiring decisions. This course is focused on the needs of staffing professionals, managers, and supervisors, however, everyone will gain distinctive interviewing skills.
  • Mastering Data Structures and Algorithms: A Practical Approach
    Prepare to answer questions and solve problems related to data structures and algorithms that often come up in Silicon Valley job interviews.
  • Creating a Tech Startup: A Silicon Valley Workshop
    Refine business ideas, develop a product, explore the market, learn to build a team, and explore fundraising strategies.
  • Final Project: Preparing Your Job Search
    Develop your portfolio and resume the type of job desired in the tech writing and communications field, tailor your social media branding, and prepare for interviews.
  • Management Communication
    Learn to use your communication and leadership skills to interview others and listen intently, role play with real life scenarios with classmates, write and deliver stories, reports, and presentations, and engage in coaching, research and reflection.
  • Data Structures and Algorithms Using Python
    A gold mine for job seekers. After gaining experience with data structures and algorithms, you can implement them easily using Python, and practice common interview questions known as "algorithms for interviews" (AFI) on LeetCode and HackerRank websites. You'll be able to confidently attend Google, Amazon, and Facebook interviews.
  • Soft Skills
    A new self-directed, online soft skills course for anyone who wants to improve their ability to interact successfully with colleagues, managers, employees, and friends. 

Career fairs • events • webinars

Visit the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Events page for information about our free Job Market Insights webinar series and other discussions about the job market and our YouTube page for recordings of the events you missed.

Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest information.

Multiple virtual career fairs happen every month for Silicon Valley jobs!

The UC Santa Cruz Alumni Events page and the University of California Alumni Career Network also have some helpful networking events and career advice.

UCSC videos and workshops—Check out various career advice videos on topics from researching companies to creating a strong resume and effective strategies to aid you in your career development.

Employment Development Department Job Fairs and Workshops

Learn Advanced Management Communication Techniques

During this webinar, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension instructor Craig Harrison will provide tips and stories about recruiting approaches—the good and the bad; explore the intersection of meta messages and microaggressions; and facilitate an activity to enhance your executive presence and self-confidence. He'll also preview a new seven-week online course—Advanced Management Communication—which covers the nexus of communication and leadership during this watershed year of tumult and turmoil. Never has the role of the manager been more vital. (Sept. 30, 2020)

Managing the Emotions of a Job Search

Despite COVID-19, job losses, and the economic downturn, there are new opportunities for job seekers and you shouldn't be discouraged. Join HR instructor Leon Bezdikian, B.A., vice president of human resources at Eta Compute with more than 30 years of experience in the high tech industry. (Sept. 9, 2020)

Job Search Strategies—A New Mindset to Step Up Your Game

A job search, with all its challenges and uncertainties, has its ups and downs. The key to handling the emotional roller coaster is to work your way through your distress, doubt, and depression. Join HR instructor Marco Rosa, MA, to learn new thoughts, ideas, and tools to finally land on hope, elation, and self-assuredness. (July 1, 2020)

Energize Your Job Search

Jennifer Smith, a career coach with The Muse, offers up a framework to spark momentum for a purposeful job search in this 60-minute webinar. She lists four steps: reset, reflect, reclaim, and reinvigorate, and answers questions about interview preparation, networking, and setting small steps to meet career goals. (June 10, 2020)

Designing your Professional Life in Uncertain Times

We change jobs throughout our lives, pivoting to new careers and often shifting gears completely. How do we design our own outcome and build a professional career that develops throughout our lives?. Learn some valuable lifetime skills and highly practical tips from Reynold Lewke, M.S., M.B.A, LLB, a corporate attorney, litigator, author, career coach, and business advisor, who will talk about how he’s proactively shaped his own career and helped thousands of others do the same. (May 27, 2020)

Emerging From the Job Market Chaos: Part III—A More Successful You

In Part 3 of "Emerging from the Job Market Chaos: A More Successful You?", P.K. Agarwal, dean of UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, shares some tips for building your professional career in the midst of a pandemic. (May 11, 2020)

Your job search during COVID-19

Yvette Gullatt, UC vice provost, interviews Dana Manciagli, career expert and UC Santa Barbara alumna. Dana offers concrete tips to help you maximize your job search, identify job leads and remain positive during times of change. (April 20, 2020)

State & federal job resources

The Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a comprehensive range of employment and training services in partnership with state and local agencies and organizations. Visit the EDD website for everything from job search tools to labor market information in individual counties.

Stay in touch

And, keep us posted. Give us a call or message us on LinkedIn and let us know about your new job. We love to highlight our students and alumni. What worked? What didn’t? Who gave you the hand you needed? What advice do you have for our students? Let us tell your story in a blog post.


Discounted Career Coaching with The Muse Career Connect

UCSC Extension students and alumni are eligible for a 10 percent discount toward a suite of services for professional advancement and career coaching with The Muse Coach Connect. You can choose from career coaching services such as cover letter writing, a resume and LinkedIn review, job search and interview strategy, and more.

Contact for a 10% off promo code.


Resume Writing

A resume summarizes your career readiness skills, education, and experiences with the intent of convincing an employer to invite you for an interview.

Resume Guide


Cover Letter

A cover letter is a three- to four-paragraph personalized note to an employer that helps your application stand out from the others

Cover Letter Guide


Interview Worksheet

If you’re unsure about your career goals or feel that you lack knowledge to pursue the career you want, informational interviewing is for you

Interview Worksheet


Interview Question Guide

Tell me about yourself. What unique qualities would you bring to the job? What are your strengths? Weaknesses? What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?

Interview Questions Guide


Negotiating Salary

Negotiating salary can be uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have to be. Being aware of salary options shows you are fully aware of the job you are applying for.

Negotiating Salary Guide


LinkedIn Guide

People with complete profiles are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through LinkedIn.

LinkedIn Guide


Networking Guide

Only 10-20 percent of jobs are advertised to the public. Networking remains the No. 1 job search strategy

Networking Guide


Diversity Career Websites

Diversity is critical for a strong workforce. Click to learn more about resources for Students of Color, Women, Students with Disabilities, Veterans, International Students, and LGBTQ+ Students, and more.


Career Fair Guide

Realize that your first job is just that; your first job. It may not be your dream job, but it can serve as a stepping stone to a brighter career path. The hardest job you will ever have is finding the right job.

Career Fair Guide