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The Dual-Career Job Search

 

Preparing for an academic job search can be a daunting task and especially stressful when there are two academic careers involved.
 
Research has also shown that the outcomes of a dual-career job search can directly affect employee success, quality of life, and influence the ability of women to advance in academia.

 

Research Shows Assisting Dual-Career Couples Key to Advancing Women in Academia

Although a dual-career job search can greatly influence the trajectory of either partner's career - studies have shown that dual-career hiring can play a large role in successfully hiring and advancing women. A Stanford University survey of 30,000 professors showed women in the academy more often face the dual-career issue than men because 40 percent of female tenure-track professors are married to other academics, compared to only 34 percent of men.

Another study by Worklife Law suggests that women scientists are far more likely than male scientists to be married to other scientists, and they recommend a dual-career hiring program for successful recruitment of women. 

 

Assistance for Dual-Career Couples

Helping dual-career couples is a central part of HERC's mission.  HERC provides tools for jobseekers and for institutions to systematically address dual-career challenges. HERC's work has been recognized by the American Council on Education, the American Association of University Professors, the American Psychological Association, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research and National Public Media's "Marketplace". Learn more about the HERC member institutions with dual-career campus programs.

 

Maximize Your Dual-Career Job Search

Here are a few steps to help you get started with your dual-career search:

1. Dual-Career Job Search

Using HERC's dual-career search, you can search for jobs that meet both you and your partner's job search criteria. You can also select the distance between jobs to ensure they are within a commutable distance.

2. Custom Job Alerts

Once you create a free account, you can turn your dual-career search into a customized job alert so you never miss an opportunity.

3. Institutions with Dual-Career Programs

Learn more about institutions with dual-career campus programs so you can find the best institutional fit for your unique situation. 

4. Expert Career Advice

Explore HERC's comprehensive list of articles, research, studies, and links on the dual-career topic. 

Explore HERC's career webinars for additional advice about preparing your resume and presenting yourself in interviews.

 

Start your dual-career job search now

 

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    While rejection during a job search hurts, analyzing why it happened can lead to insights, Ph.D. student Andy Tay writes. In this commentary, he describes how following up on rejections and studying the possible reasons he lost out resulted in strategies to become more productive. Science magazine (free content) (3/24)
    24 Mar 2017 12:44:17 CDThttp://science.sciencemag.org/content/355/6331/1342
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    Maximize the benefits of your networking efforts by joining groups that are relevant to you and congratulating your connections on career milestones via LinkedIn, writes career coach Hallie Crawford. Connecting with strategic new peers outside of your company will help you build relationships that matter. U.S. News & World Report (3/21)
    24 Mar 2017 12:44:17 CDThttp://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/articles/2017-03-21/6-ways-to-make-the-most-out-of-your-online-network
  3. Check these things before sending a resume

    Next Avenue (3/23)
    24 Mar 2017 12:44:17 CDThttp://www.nextavenue.org/resume-tips-catch-mistake/
  4. Female faculty earn raises, but gender gap remains

    Female faculty pay grew by 3% in 2015 over the previous year, but the jump was not enough to close the pay gap with male peers, US Education Department data show. The gender pay gap was largest at four-year nonprofit colleges, the data reveal. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free content) (3/22)
    24 Mar 2017 12:44:17 CDThttp://www.chronicle.com/article/Gender-Pay-Gap-Persists-Across/239553
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