Ph.D. Career Search Resources

Job Search Websites

Resumes & Cover Letters

Resume Basics: Required elements, personalized elements, sample action verbs, and how to give a great first impression — use these basics, as well as your personal brand, to create a successful resume which lands you the interview.

Sample Resume Template: This template can be used as a guide and example for resume formatting. Keep in mind, there are many ways to format a resume, and this is only one example! As you use this guide, be careful that you pay attention to the built-in formatting (e.g., spacing) so that you keep the look of your resume consistent.

How to Email Busy People (tips for introductory emails), from Sparring Mind

How to Write a Cover Letter, by Amy Gallo, Harvard Business Review Blog Network (February 4, 2014)

How to Make a Résumé Shine (infographic), from CareerBuilder

Write a Resumé that Travels Across Countries and Cultures, Harvard Business Review Blog Network (May 3, 2012) 


Networking Basics: Networking is a collection of skills and activities centered around cultivating meaningful, lasting relationships. How can you develop effective networking skills to make the most of your opportunities?

Career Fair Tips: Recruiters come prepared to discuss job and/or internship opportunities and provide information about their organizations. How can you prepare for the Career Fair and make the connection, as a first step toward a successful interview?

A Simple Formula for Answering "Tell Me About Yourself" from the Muse

5 Tips for Non-Awkward Informational Interviews, from the Muse


How To Ace The 50 Most Common Interview Questions, Forbes (May 22, 2013)

Want to Nail an Interview? Use Mirroring, Forbes (May 22, 2013)

An Introvert's Guide to Job Interviews (Infographic from Entrepreneur, January 2017)

Interview Prep Checklist (PDF)

“Tell Me About Yourself” Checklist (PDF)

Online Presence

6 Steps to a More Marketable LinkedIn Profile, (December 7, 2011)

Five Simple Ways to Boost Your Professional Brand On LinkedIn (infographic), LinkedIn Blog (July 29, 2013)


Negotiating Worksheet: Successful negotiation starts with effective planning. The goal is to create a win-win for everyone, as it is (hopefully) the start of a long, successful relationship. Use this worskeet to prepare for a successful negotiation.

Negotiating with Confidence: Slides from the Negotiation Workshop, by Rebecca Andersen.

The Exact Words to Use When Negotiating Salary, US News & World Report (February 21, 2013)

7 Negotiation Tips Given To Harvard Business School Students, Business Insider (August 19, 2013)

How to Negotiate Your Next Salary, Harvard Business Review Blog Network (April 6, 2012)

LinkedIn Salary: Explore salaries by job title, location, experience, and more.

Entrepreneurship Resources

Lester Center for Entrepreneurship Reading List

Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association

Data Science Careers

The Data Analytics Handbook, an in-depth look at the data science industry

Analyzing the Analyzers: An Introspective Survey of Data Scientists and Their Work, by Harlan Harris, Sean Murphy, Marck Vaisman. O'Reilly (June 2013) (free e-book)

2014 Data Science Salary Survey: Tools, Trends, What Pays (and What Doesn't) for Data Professionals, by Roger Magoulas and John King. O'Reilly (November 2014) (free e-book)

The Team Solution to the Data Scientist Shortage, by Jeanne G. Harris, Nathan Shetterley, Allan E. Alter and Krista Schnell. Accenture Institute for High Performance (2013)

Women in Data: Cutting-Edge Practitioners and Their Views on Critical Skills, Background, and Education, by Cornelia Levy-Bencheton. O'Reilly (January 2015) (free e-book)

User Experience Careers

Building a UX Portfolio: Slides from the Design Portfolio Workshop (February 3, 2015), by Lauren Lamonica Rosenthal, UX Designer and Product Manager.

Creating a UX Portfolio: Slides from the Design Portfolio Workshop (November 22, 2013), prepared by Maggie Law (MIMS ’03).

User Experience Careers Issue, User Experience Magazine vol. 13, no. 1 (April 2013)

Onsite UX Interviews: What They Don’t Teach You in Design School. User Experience Magazine vol. 13, no. 1 (April 2013)

The UX Portfolio: Your Golden Ticket to Job Interviews. User Experience Magazine vol. 13, no. 1 (April 2013)

How Much UX have You Put into Your UX Portfolio? UX Magazine, Article No. 1068 (August 7, 2013)

Improving Hiring for User Experience: The Applicant UX Magazine, Article No. 898 (November 7, 2012)

How to Navigate the Ocean of UX Job Titles (April 27, 2014)

Five Tips for a Great UX Portfolio Salesforce UX (August 21, 2015)

Product Management Careers

Product Management: Core Skills & Interview QuestionsTwo handouts for product management careers, prepared by Justin Hu, vice president of product management at Dotloop.

For International Students

Berkeley International Office: information, advising, immigration services, advocacy, and programming for Berkeley international students

International student services from the UC Berkeley Career Center: including advising, workshops, services, and more

International Employee Friendly Employers: from the UC Berkeley Career Center

H-1B Salary Database: This database may indicate employers who have previously sponsored employees for H-1B visas


UC Berkeley Career Center

Passport Career
An online tool to support your career exploration, job search, and internship search. For access, please email More information

A free online career exploration and planning tool for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences

University of California Business Cards
(Business cards can be picked up on campus or shipped to your address by Federal Express.)

Archived Webinars
Recordings of I School Career Services webinars.

Last updated:

October 19, 2017