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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; and
- Discover new job opportunities.
- 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.
You’ll find new job listings every week on the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Job Board located at the Break Room.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 - In this comprehensive two-Saturday course you will identify hidden career opportunities that fit your current career aspirations and your future career goals and then develop an effective marketing strategy and action plan. You will practice live interviews and participate in valuable feedback sessions.
- Interviewing For Success: Using Structured Interviewing Techniques - Students in this course will improve their interviewing skills and evaluation techniques through discussion, lecture, role-playing and videotaping so they can make more effective candidate selection and hiring decisions. While this course is focused on the needs of staffing professionals, managers, and supervisors, other employees and even students who are active in the job market will gain distinctive interviewing skills.
- Mastering Data Structures and Algorithms: A Practical Approach - Students who successfully complete this course will be well-prepared 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 - In this highly collaborative, two-session workshop for new entrepreneurs, you will refine your business ideas, develop your product, explore the market, learn to build a team, and explore fundraising strategies.
Upcoming Career Fairs
There are multiple Career Fairs happening every month all around the Bay Area! Click here to find the most current events.
We will also be posting information on this page about UCSC Silicon Valley Extension sponsored career fairs, please continue to check for the most up to date information or Subscribe to our newsletter.
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.
- Labor Market Information for Job Seekers and Students (EDD)
- Supply and Demand Tool for Regions (EDD)
- Labor Market Information for Santa Clara County (EDD)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
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.
A resume summarizes your career readiness skills, education, and experiences with the intent of convincing an employer to invite you for an interview.
A cover letter is a three- to four-paragraph personalized note to an employer that helps your application stand out from the others
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 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?
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.
People with complete profiles are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through LinkedIn.
Only 10-20 percent of jobs are advertised to the public. Networking remains the No. 1 job search strategy
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.