Career Development Toolkit

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Take the next step in your career development

Part of what makes UC Davis a great place to work is the opportunity for continuous learning. The UC Davis Career Development Toolkit is designed around the career development cycle which includes learning about yourself (assessments), career exploration (strategies, job search, informational interviewing, mentoring), planning your next steps (goal setting, career and professional develop planning), taking action (accomplishment statements, resumes, references, cover letters, interviews) and evaluating your progress.

Whether you are on a specific career path or considering new options, we hope that the Career Development Toolkit inspires you to develop and apply your talents as you grow your career at UC Davis and UC Davis Health. 

  • Additional Resources - Articles
  • Appendix of Interview Questions (PDF)

    Federal Government Informational Interviewing

    Tips for Getting the Most from Informational Interviewing

  • Additional Resources - Books
  • The Career Fitness Program: Exercising Your Options, Diane Sukiennik and Lisa Raufman, 2014

    Cover Letter Magic, Fourth Edition: Trade Secrets of Professional Resume Writers, Wendy S. Enelow & Louise Kursmark, 2010

    Knock 'em Dead Cover Letters: Cover Letters and Strategies to Get the Job You Want, Martin Yate, 2016

    A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market, Katharine Hansen, 2013

    Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams, Kimm Alayne Walton, 2008

    The Heart of Mentoring: Ten Proven Principles for Developing People to Their Fullest Potential, David Stoddard & Robert Tamasy, 2009

    Knock 'em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide, Martin Yate, 2017

    The Mentor's Guide, Second Edition: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships, Lois J. Zachary, 2011

    Networlding Guidebook: Building Strategic Relationships through Networking, Melissa Giovagnoli, 2009

    What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021: Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success, Richard Bolles, 20

  • Additional Resources - Websites
  • California Careers online assessments

    California CareerZone

    California Occupational Guide


    Occupational Outlook Handbook

    Career One Stop


    Transferable Job Skills for Job-Seekers

    My UC Career

    LinkedIn's Career Explorer Tool to identify jobs that align with your skills 

  • Acknowledgements
  • Learning and Organizational Development would like to acknowledge the following organizations for their contributions to the UC Davis Career Development Toolkit.

    California Action Center

    California Career Zone

    Johns Hopkins University

    Lehigh University

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Stanford University

    UC Berkeley

    UC Davis

    UC Irvine

    University of Arizona

    University of Kentucky

    University of Michigan

    University of Minnesota

    University of Notre Dame

    University of the Pacific

    University of Texas at Arlington

    University of Washington

    University of Waterloo

    University of Wisconsin

    West Virginia University

    Yale University