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Dual Careers Services

The University of Chicago’s dual careers services are designed to help the partners of new academics locate employment opportunities by offering networking opportunities and career resources.


Study night at the Oriental Institute
Study night at the Oriental Institute
Photo: Marc Monaghan

Dual careers services include:

  • Guidance and networking support for academic partners seeking meaningful careers in all fields
  • Individual consultation on a partner’s employment needs
  • Assistance with CV and resume writing, cover letter preparation, and interview coaching
  • Help identifying career opportunities at the University and other area employers
  • Connecting with University hiring units to express a candidate’s interest in a position
  • Information on local and area job postings
  • Information about online networking resources
  • Resources for dealing with immigration/visa issues

Faculty partners are also invited to participate in the Resume and Career Building Workshops that meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. CST via Zoom. This collaborative working group provides constructive feedback on resumes, application materials, and LinkedIn. Faculty and staff are also invited to participate. Contact Liv Leader for details at

While we aim to help all academics, priority for these services is given to the partners of tenure-track and tenured faculty members. The University faculty and staff who assist in dual careers efforts are committed to spending the time and making the efforts to assist partners with their job searches. Nevertheless, we cannot guarantee job placement. Academic partners can do things on their own to make the job application outcome more successful, including conducting an active job search and using this office as one of many resources.

Workshop Series

This online workshop series is open to members of the University community who are interested in professional development and networking. Academic partners utilizing dual careers services are encouraged to watch the networking and LinkedIn workshops in addition to working with our office. You can explore other workshops offered by Alumni Career Programs.

Resources for Job Seekers

UChicagoGRAD has a wide variety of online resources and best practices on resume writing, cover letters, and preparing for an interview. These resources may be most helpful to candidates in the early stages of their careers.

University of Chicago Job Listings

Higher Education Recruitment Consortium

The University of Chicago is a founding member of the Greater Chicago Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). The HERC website features academic and staff positions at more than 20 colleges and universities, along with research, medical, and cultural centers in the region.

Visit the HERC Jobseeker Tools page for job listings in the Chicagoland area.

International Resources

We recognize the challenges that moving to a new country can pose to an academic partner’s career. Please contact our office to discuss networking, volunteer, and career strategies for academic partners planning their future in the United States.

ELI Class

English Corner

English Corner is a free, informal conversational English class offered to H-1B Employees, J-1 scholars, and all spouses. The instructors are native English speakers who engage participants in cultural discussions while promoting communication skills. English Corner offers a warm learning environment that strives to promote fellowship and friendship. Registration is not required.

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute offers courses during the academic year, summer intensive programs, and a weekly conversation hour.

Office of International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs provides advising services and supportive programming to the international community at the University of Chicago.


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Placement is not guaranteed. We will support you in your job search, but cannot create jobs or intervene in an employer’s hiring process.

Please contact our office to discuss your situation. We also encourage you to use the GCM HERC website to identify nearby colleges and universities and available positions.

We have a large network of contacts throughout the Chicago area. Our office can provide you with information about the local business community, share job openings, and introduce you to professionals in your field for networking and informational interviews.

Program services can continue for up to one year or until you secure your first regular, non-temporary job, whichever comes first.

If you are waiting for authorization to work, you can still secure information about local employers and network partners. You can start researching options and be better prepared for your job search when you secure authorization. We can also help you find volunteer and networking opportunities while you wait for work authorization.

Yassmine, Faculty Partner
“I had the pleasure to meet Liv Leader, Director of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation, when I moved to Chicago. She provided me with very useful advice and organized several workshops which helped me to learn about professional environments and opportunities. More specifically, I had the opportunity to improve both my resume and my LinkedIn profile and also connect with a large network of faculty partners in the Chicago area.”
—Yassmine, Faculty Partner