Spouse and Partner Employment (Dual Career Assistance)
What is Dual Career Assistance?
Mason's dual career assistance program provides career assistance to spouses/partners of Mason faculty and classified staff. This program is offered by Human Resources in partnership with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) to support recruitment and retention.
Mason employees may arrange for their spouse/partner to meet with a member of HR's Diversity Outreach Team (DOT) to discuss their career goals and role(s) desired, explore available opportunities, and review resumes and/or cover letters. In the event that the spouse/partner applies for an eligible position,* DOT will reach out to the hiring manager in that department to communicate that a dual career spouse/partner has applied. Please note that this process does not automatically guarantee employment.
*Spouses/partners must apply to a position via jobs.gmu.edu or hercjobs.org before DOT makes contact with the department.
The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) is a non-profit consortium of over 700 colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies, and related non- and for-profit organizations across the United States who are committed to diversifying the pipeline of faculty, staff, and executives in academia. There are 19 regions across the United States. Here in the Mid-Atlantic region (Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia), there are 25 member institutions.
HERC offers its own dual career support in addition to the following resources:
- A partnership with the Ayers Group, a talent firm that provides career transition consulting, professional development, and more! HERC members receive a ten percent discount on select services.
- A dual career job search tool that can help you and your spouse/partner find jobs within commuting distance of each other
- Webinars and articles on a variety of career development topics
- A list of dual career-friendly HERC institutions
After meeting with your spouse/partner, Mason's Director of Mid-Atlantic HERC will share their information within the HERC network. Interested contacts may then reach out to you directly or through DOT to discuss opportunities.
Tips for Seeking a Job at George Mason University
- Submit prompt applications. Resumes, cover letters, and applications should be submitted prior to the full consideration date to ensure they will be reviewed. There is no guarantee that applications submitted after the full consideration date will be reviewed.
- Set up email alerts so you can be notified and apply early when positions that meet your desired qualifications become available.
- Make sure your resume and cover letter are up-to-date. Know your professional brand and display it in your resume and cover letter. HERC's article on Age-Proofing Your Resume is a great resource.
- Apply for positions even if you don't meet all of the desired qualifications. Underrepresented minorities and other disenfranchised groups often do not apply if they don't meet certain requirements, even if they would have been considered.
- Grow your network and let them know you are looking for work.
- Know how to speak to the requirements listed in the job posting and how you are able to meet them.
- Do your research on the companies you apply to and be prepared to speak about what you've learned.
- Be present in the interview with good eye contact, a firm handshake, confident posture, and a self-assured tone.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ready to get started or just want more information? Contact Dwala Toombs, Director of Mid-Atlantic HERC, at email@example.com.