Job Search Advice for Relocating Spouse or Partner

Job Search Advice for Relocating Spouse or Partner

Before joining the world of Real Estate with J. Philip Real Estate LLC,  I owned my own Human Resource Search firm for over 20 years and worked with many relocating spouses in finding them a new position. I thought I’d share some of ways to find a job in today’s marketplace and a few hints on conducting phone interviews as you consider moving here!
Like real estate, the world of job searching is pretty much done via the internet, and there are several sites which are “one stop shopping” sites that can jumpstart their search before you unpack.   For those that are under the 100k range, from entry level through middle management, go to  Once they hit that site, they can put in keywords, precise location and it will list the companies and/or agencies that will be working on the positions.  Most companies today run their own internet ads; at least they do in the NY Metro area and Westchester County.   Some companies will advertise with search firms, but in the end, if they can get the candidate for no fee, they will.
If the spouse is a professional over 100k, is a good site to refer them too. They can post their resumes and receive email alerts for nominal cost before moving to the area. I am also a member of MD Preferred Services. This is a national site helping relocating physicians move cross country. They have a job search site on the first page which can guide you to positions and agencies that can help with your search.  Many of the smaller companies (as well as some large) who need admin support, or event sales or part-time help use  Westchester County even has where you can set up a job alert for areas you are seeking. Covers a wide variety of positions, but does include jobs in NYC and surrounding areas as well. Also has a check point for Connecticut.

A few helpful hints in terms of sending resumes via internet ads:

-  If they can have a local address or phone number on their resumes, it will be more likely to be responded to than someone who only has their own states.
- A strong cover note (but not too lengthy) indicating that their spouse has already landed a position, and that they are available to interview immediately. Or, the time frame in which they are available.

Usually companies that I worked with in NYC tri-state area were willing to do a phone interview first.  Here are some of my “helpful hints” list for preparation for a phone interview and the phone interview itself:

Before each interview you should ask yourself:
1) Why you would be interested in working for that company and have an answer
2) Job...what specific skills you have to offer. Be prepared to give specific examples of   what you accomplished in each of your areas of specialty. Too short or too long of answers can backfire on you. Concise, informative, specific answers work the best.
3) Personal attributes. What is it about you that would add value to the company?  Is it your patience, are you a good listener, do you stand up for what you believe in, do you have an open door policy, work well with all levels of people from the mailroom to the boardroom are some examples.
4) How were you perceived by previous bosses?
Examples of ways you helped to improve your previous positions.
Initiative, resourcefulness..examples of ways you helped improve the job.
If the job involved management, should think about your management style…
Did you have a consultative approach, able to relinquish responsibility when your
staff was ready, be there when needed mentoring.

Each position they will interview for is different, so that personal and business qualifications should be modified to fit the position they are interviewing for.

Phone Interviews:

Phone interviews are sometimes more challenging than personal interviews
because you rely on your answers and phone presence. Coming across
clear, concise and enthusiastic are important.  Need to concentrate even more,
since you cannot see the interviewer and their response. Make sure you have your
resume in front of you to rely on. Listen carefully to the questions so you
can answer appropriately. Take written  notes of your phone interview to
refer to later on a personal interview, but "don't" let it break your concentration!!

Always send a thank you note. Today email is perfectly acceptable, but make sure that you spell check and have someone else review before sending. Especially when it comes to the names of the people you spoke with and their titles.

If you do not hear  back from the recruiter or company, follow up in about a week. Call, identify yourself, the position you interviewed for.  Tell them you were excited about your phone interview and wanted to know where they are in the process. If they say they are still interviewing, ask if there is any additional information that you can furnish and when you might be hearing from them.

Look forward to assisting you and your spouse/partner or family with moving to Westchester County.

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Dated: May 4th 2012
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About Thomas: I got into real estate sales by accident in 2006. At the time, I recently earned a Bachelor's Degre...

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