Alternative-Academic Job Search

You have transferable skills that make you an excellent candidate for alternative academic jobs—in industry, government, and the non-profit sector—when you graduate with your master’s or doctor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz! The Graduate Division collaborates with Career Success, University Relations and its Alumni Engagement office, The Humanities Institute, the Baskin School of Engineering and academic divisions to bring events targeted at graduate students (to which postdoctoral scholars are welcome!) in finding alternative jobs beyond academia.

Notifications and reminders of alternative-academic job search events appear regularly in the Graduate Student Commons weekly newsletter (Mondays during the academic year), the quarterly Graduate Division newsletter (the first week of fall, winter, and spring quarters), and via email postings to the Graduate Division all-graduate-student Google Group.

Search for industry-job-search-related communication classes, workshops, or Q&A sessions in individual professional development classes.

Developing Your Professional Reputation

This presentation covers tips on how to distinguish yourself from the crowd and create a lasting impression in an evolving digital communications landscape.

Designing a Professional LinkedIn Profile and Using LinkedIn to Network and Job Search

This interactive workshop covers how to design a professional LinkedIn profile that will attract recruiters and how to network and job search with LinkedIn. Watch this video about LinkedIn by former Career Success Career Coach Christina Hall to get started.


Using Twitter Professionally

Build your professional reputation by developing a Twitter profile highlighting your research and a following of Tweeple interested in that research.

Website Design, WordPress

Part of your professional reputation building may include maintaining a website or blog. Take this class to design a professional website and learn how to use WordPress, a free website-creation application available free to UC Santa Cruz faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students.

Writing the Cover Letter and Resume

This interactive workshop covers:

  • Creating and tailoring the resume for the industry or other alternative-academic job search, including the latest strategies for organizing your information
  • Differences between a resume and CV
  • How to qualify and quantify your achievements
  • Tips and techniques for searching for alternative academic positions
  • Crafting a meaningful cover letter

Industry Jobs for Advanced Degrees

Your advanced degree from UC Santa Cruz prepares you for a variety of alternative-academic jobs. In addition to these events, explore the resources at Career Success.

Interviewing and Negotiating Salary

You got an interview! Now prepare to give a professional interview in this workshop by actually practicing. When you get the job offer, prepare to negotiate the terms of your acceptance, including your salary, by actually practicing. This interactive workshop provides the information and techniques you need for both conversations.


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