University professionals are often members of dual-career couples. When relocating, the employment needs of the spouse or partner are an important consideration. The Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) offers support and resources to help them explore employment options in this community. Spouses or partners can take advantage of this support for up to a year after relocating to the Twin Cities.
- U of M Employment
- Networking in the Twin Cities
- Resume and Career Development
- Balancing Work and Family
- Building Your Social Connections
- Dual Career Services Brochure (pdf)
University of Minnesota Employment
As a spouse or partner of a U of M faculty or staff member, you can apply for Professional and Administrative (P&A) "internal candidates only" positions. The University of Minnesota has policies that permit hiring a spouse or partner without a search.
These policies may help the primary hire to raise the issue of bridge funding and also encourage open dialogue with their respective hiring department about possible options for spouse or partner employment.
If you apply for a particular U of M job, RAP can send a letter to the associated department indicating your affiliation with the University. For more information, contact RAP at 612-626-0775 or 800-227-8636.
Upper Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
The University of Minnesota is a member of the Upper Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (UMW HERC). This consortium is made up of more than 50 institutions in the Upper Midwest that work together to support dual-career and diversity hiring. Higher education job seekers may submit their resume/CV to HERC.
To enhance the University's opportunities to recruit and retain highly qualified faculty, the University's Office for Equity and Diversity has established two bridge funds designed to increase diverse faculty hires:
- Bridge Fund for Faculty of Color Hires
- Bridge Fund for Spousal/Partner Hires
Through a well-developed network of volunteers, alumni, U of M employees, and professional associations, RAP can connect you with professionals in your field. RAP works closely with the University's Office of University Economic Development to identify employment contacts within the public and private sectors.
You may also want to become a member of LinkedIn, a business-oriented social networking site and join the U of M Alumni Association group.
Each September, the Relocation Assistance Program hosts a job search strategies workshop for the accompanying spouses or partners of new faculty and staff who have relocated from another state or country within the last year. The workshop includes tips for writing effective CV/resumes, networking, and interviewing. Participants learn more about the services RAP provides and how to navigate the U of M employment system. Plus, participants have the opportunity to meet and network with other new residents and job seekers and learn more about events and attractions in the Twin Cities.
Download workshop presentation materials from 2017:
- Networking Presentation (PowerPoint)
- Ph.D. Career Development Guide (pdf)
- Metro Area Job Clubs (pdf)
- Career Development Career Guide (pdf)
- Personal Branding Guide (Word)
- Goodbye Elevator Pitch. Hello Bumper Sticker: The New Networking Strategy" webinar
Several major Twin Cities companies and public entities partner with the University to help spouses or partners identify opportunities within their organizations. To learn more about an organization, determine its fit with your career goals, and be connected to its University liaison, view the list of organizations. When contacting an organization, be sure to mention your affiliation with the University, and that you were referred by the Relocation Assistance Program.
Minnesota Company and Nonprofit Resources
Directories for Minnesota's industries, companies, nonprofit organizations, foundations, etc., are available through the University of Minnesota Libraries. Use these resources to identify possible places of employment, learn more about prospective employers, and follow regional hiring trends.
For a tutorial on using the business databases watch Ace the Job Search by Using the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
RAP staff will also help you update your resume or curriculum vitae and write cover letters.
Tips for Updating and Perfecting Your Job Search Documents
- Chart: Differences between Resumes and CVs
- Notes from a Recruiter's Diary: A Plethora of CVs
- Transforming Your CV into a Resume: Representing Yourself Outside Academe (doc)
Landing a Job in Academia
Being an international spouse or partner adds another dimension to the job search. The U of M Office of International Student and Scholar Services and Career Development Network have resources that will provide guidance for your search.
Visa or personal issues can sometimes prevent immediate employment in the U.S. Learn how volunteering (pdf) can help you gain experience and meet people in your employment field.
- The Employee Assistance Program provides free professional consultation and referral services for University employees and their family members who are experiencing work or personal difficulties.
- The Wellbeing Program offers support for faculty and staff in managing their work, family, and personal responsibilities.
Whether you are new to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, returning home, or looking to get better connected, MSP HELLO, a project of the Make It. MSP. initiative, was designed for you. Free events and resources give you a chance to experience the area, connect with others, and expand your personal network in your new hometown.