David is the executive director of career development and alumni relations at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management—University of California, Santa Barbara. He started the Career Development Program more than 25 years ago. Under his leadership and with the help of a talented team, the program has become one of the leading university placement programs in environmental science and management.

Through his recruitment experience at a Fortune 50 company, David developed a highly successful job search process that has helped thousands of job seekers land rewarding jobs quickly in both weak and strong job markets. Job seekers have used David’s process and tactics to secure rewarding positions in more than 65 different industries, on seven continents, and in hundreds of fields and companies.

David holds a BA in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, an MBA from California State University, Long Beach, and an MS in Counseling and Guidance from California Lutheran University. He has more than 30 years of experience in human resources and career development, including work as a career director, employment supervisor, corporate trainer, career coach, college recruiter, organizational development consultant, at-promise student mentor, and board member. David lives in Southern California with his wife, two children, and trusty sidekick dog, Milo.

David Parker is a career strategist, innovative thinker, and experienced job search coach devoted to helping others realize their career aspirations every day. 

— Erin Williamson
Manager, Energy & Sustainability Strategy
Edison Energy

Dave Parker is unmatched in his insights into navigating the stressful world of job seeking. He knows his stuff when it comes to helping job seekers secure their dream jobs. Slam Dunk Job Search is more than just a book of advice—it's a tried-and-true program that unlocks the hiring black box.

Negotiation techniques

slam dunk tactics

JOB SEARCH strategies

mindset development

career design 

David has more than 30 years of experience in the career development field, including work as a Fortune 50 recruiter and university career development director. Specific areas of expertise include:

Areas of Expertise

— Michelle Graff
Physical Scientist
United States Federal Government

Anyone who has had the good fortune of having Dave as their career advisor knows that his advice is good advice. He'll show you how to believe in yourself and become a confident, savvy job seeker. As I've progressed through my career, Dave's approach continues to lead to success. Read this book - and apply what you learn - and see the magic of Dave Parker.

— Kellen Klein
former Director of Stakeholder Engagement
Future 500

Dave Parker has personally guided me with a masterful hand through multiple career transitions and salary negotiations. Slam Dunk Job Search canonizes Dave’s wisdom and gives you an approachable, tactical, and impactful guidebook for landing your dream job.

Has a Strong interest in art
Played tennis for UC Santa Barbara
mostly wearS black & khaki
HaS aN AMAZING dog named milo
is committed to helping people
LoveS reading & writing
EnjoyS paddle boarding & Photography
NeedS a creative outlet


— Dr. Kristen Robinson
Student activities specialist
institute of higher education

When reflecting on the things that make Dave special, the one thing that kept coming back to me is Dave's special ability to help people understand their worth. As a colleague, I saw him work with job seekers to help them identify the value they brought to any situation and how to best market it, whether it be in job searches, interviews, or salary negotiation sessions. He has positively impacted thousands of job seekers' careers with his incredible and tailored advice. 

To empower job seekers to become "the candidate" employers can't wait to hire by helping them reframe their job search and uncover and communicate the true value they bring to the job search process and the world. 


A Job search process that is inspiring and effective


For people to realize their career aspirations, reach their highest potential, have a greater impact, and make the world a better place.


You never want to look back on your life and say,
'I should have listened to my heart and gone after what was important and meaningful to me.'

excerpt from Slam dunk job search

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