Job Search Resources for Partners/Spouses

The prospect of searching for a new job can be daunting, but there are some things you can do to increase your chances of getting hired, and you should do them BEFORE you submit that first application.

Getting Ready to Job Hunt

The prospect of searching for a new job can be daunting, but there are some things you can do to increase your chances of getting hired, and you should do them BEFORE you submit that first application.

Update your résumé

This may seem like an obvious first step, but with many positions garnering applications from numerous qualified applicants, providing a résumé that’s current, succinct, and professional-looking is imperative. Purdue’s Online Writing Lab has some helpful guidelines for creating a good résumé.

Although the Institute does not offer formal résumé preparation support, our Director of Human Resources, Jennifer Richardson ( will review and provide comments on draft résumés upon request.


If you haven’t already done so, create a profile on LinkedIn. A network of 300 million individuals worldwide, LinkedIn allows you to create a professional profile – for free – that will make you visible to recruiters, and potential employers. The site also lets you form connections to individuals and organizations that are relevant to your experience and career path.

Unlike Facebook and other social media platforms, interactions on LinkedIn are focused on your professional life. If you link to a former classmate, only to learn they work at a company where you’ve applied for a job, for example, LinkedIn provides the perfect forum for asking their advice about getting hired, or even requesting a referral.

Networking Opportunities on

Identifying opportunities that match your skillset and needs is important, but networking is often a key ingredient in finding a job. LinkedIn facilitates virtual networking, and is an important tool in your job hunting toolbox, but face-to-face interactions are at least as important.

Although IAS does not coordinate with or endorse any local networking events, provides a forum for identifying nearby networking opportunities that may be of interest.

Finding the Right Opportunities

Identifying the right opportunities is key to a successful job hunt; fortunately, there are numerous internet resources available to facilitate your search, starting long before you arrive on campus.

In many disciplines, academic positions are consistently listed on the websites of particular organizations. For academicians with expertise in languages, for example, the Modern Language Association site typically contains information about virtually every available job.  Identifying and consulting whichever site is most important for your individual discipline is always an advisable first step when beginning the job hunt. 

Below are a number of non-discipline-specific resources to assist you in your search.

Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)

A non-profit consortium of over 700 colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies, and related non- and for-profit organizations worldwide, the HERC is the largest database of higher education and related jobs available. Job seekers can create profiles, search jobs, receive e-alerts, and more.

The HERC is divided into regions, two of which will likely form the focus of your job search.  The Metro New York and Southern Connecticut focuses on institutions in these states, and while a position at Yale may be too far away to consider, commuting from Princeton to NYU or Columbia could be a viable option. The New Jersey – Eastern Pennsylvania – Delaware chapter of the HERC is also of interest, and it provides information on a wealth of institutions of higher education, including Princeton and Rutgers Universities, which are quite close by, and others that are accessible by rail, including the University of Pennsylvania.

Chronicle of Higher Education – Vitae 

Designed for Faculty and administrators looking for employment and access to resources to support their teaching and research, CoHE’s Vitae includes a job search function, supports the creation of groups, allows for syllabi to be shared publicly, and more.

“Accumulator sites” like HERC and Vitae are a great way to browse jobs at numerous institutions at once, but they don’t always contain every job available in an area, discipline, or institution.  If there is a particular college or university at which you would like to find employment, it’s a good idea to check current openings directly on their website. 

Below are links for a number of area institutions’ employment opportunities.  Because the Institute is located in the middle of a major metropolitan area, with excellent public and private transit options, not every area college and university is included here.  

Located in a major metropolitan area and surrounded by industrial, educational, and healthcare facilities, the Institute is close to numerous employment opportunities outside of the academy.  Listing all major area employers is beyond the scope of this site, but job seekers are encouraged to use Google maps to identify area institutions of interest, and accumulator sites (including those listed here) to aid in the job search process.

Indeed gathers information on open positions from across the web and makes it accessible through a single search interface.  On the site, users are able to both search jobs, as well as upload resumes, allowing employers to find them.

Like, SimplyHired finds open positions on employer websites, allowing the user to view numerous institutions’ opportunities with a single search.  Although and often contain many of the same positions, variations do exist, so it’s worth checking both. 

(Note: not all employers’ websites allow sites like Indeed and SimplyHired to capture their content.  If there is a particular organization that interests you, be sure to check their individual website for the most up-to-date, complete job listings.)