Leaving the UA

If you are leaving the University of Arizona, there are some important things to know. This page will help you navigate these changes and make the most of the new opportunities they create. 

Remember: Before your last day, log in to UAccess Employee and check your Personal Information Summary to ensure your contact information is up to date. 


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Retirement marks a significant and exciting transition in life - from the daily grind of work to the freedom of making your own schedule. Although transitions can be challenging, we will help you confidently manage this change so you can retire from UA on your own terms and enjoy every moment of it.

Learn how to Retire from the UA

Reduction in Force/Layoff, Nonrenewal, Voluntary Separation

How Separation Affects Your Benefits

When you leave your University position for any reason, including resignation, reduction in force/layoff, termination, or nonrenewal of contract, you may have questions about your health benefits, retirement plans, accrued sick and vacation leave, qualified tuition reduction, email accounts, and other benefits.

University Staff Reduction in Force/Layoff Guidelines

Employees in the University Staff classification are employed at-will. However, if the employment relationship concludes due to RIF/layoff, the following guidelines apply.

Applying for Internal University Positions

University and Classified Staff who are affected by RIF/layoff are eligible to apply for internal-only University positions for one year following their separation date. (In Talent, set the dropdown menu to “I am a current UArizona employee”).

Outplacement Services

Sometimes, a department may agree to pay* for outplacement services when an employee is affected by reduction in force/layoff or nonrenewal. Outplacement firms provide career transition services to help you identify and land new employment. 

The University currently contracts with the outplacement firm Professional Development Strategies.

Professional Development Strategies

PDS is a Tucson firm specializing in one-on-one, personalized service and crafting a customized resume. It has global capability, but focuses on Arizona, New Mexico, and eastern California. Service packages range from one-day group workshops to weekly consultation packages with unlimited consultant access.

Representative: John Singer
Phone: 520-395-0574
Website: http://pdscareers.com

*University employees may also contact PDS directly and pay out-of-pocket. If you identify yourself as a University employee, you can receive the University's contracted rate.

State and County Resources

State and county governments offer career support that you may be eligible for. Please review the following resources available to you.

Unemployment Insurance

You may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Visit the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) Unemployment Insurance Benefits page to learn more or apply.

Career Search Resources

Pima County one-stop career centers provide reemployment services, including job search assistance, career counseling, skills workshops, resume and interview practice, unemployment insurance information, use of computers and other office equipment, and library resources.

University Resources

It is normal for job changes to cause stress and anxiety. The University offers support options for employees to help navigate this period. Please reach out for more information.

Employee Assistance Counseling

Life & Work Connections provides access to a suite of resources through ComPsych, including confidential, short-term counseling for you and all members of your household for 90-days after your separation/FTE reduction date.

Resources for Difficult Times

Links to community and state-wide resources that may be helpful in navigating challenges. These links are for informational purposes only.

LinkedIn Learning Job Search Courses

Benefits-eligible staff and faculty have access to LinkedIn Learning. Visit the About LinkedIn Learning page to activate.

Job Search Course Level Length
30-Minute Resume Refresh General 21 min.
Optimize Your Resume for Applicant Tracking Systems General 26 min.
Making Your Next Career Move Your Best Move (audio course) Beginner 15 min.
Landing a Job as a Skills-First Candidate General 36 min.
How to Rock an Interview (audio course) Beginner 28 min.
Nano Tips for Mastering Job Interviews with Diana YK Chan General 7 min.

Review more course suggestions.


Do you need more assistance? 

Connect with HR Solutions
Phone: 520-621-3660
Email: hrsolutions@arizona.edu