January 17, 2019

Job Hunting Tips For Your Spouse

Our healthcare professionals may be wondering how their spouse can find a job in the U.S.

If you are on the EB-3 or EB-2 visa, your spouse is eligible to work and your spouse must comply with all U.S. regulations on top of the job hunting tips.If you are on the H1-B visa, your spouse is not eligible to work except for specific circumstances. Please ask your International Employee Supervisor if your spouse qualifies.

Consider what would be best for your family if your spouse is eligible to work:

  • Working full-time (~40 hours a week)
  • Working part-time (less than 20 hours a week)
  • Temporary contract work (hour amount varies)

What kind of industry does your spouse have experience in? A few examples of industries:

  • Information technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Retail

Resume Tips:

  • Once you get your work visa and find permanent housing for your family, make sure your spouse's status and eligibility (authorized to work in the U.S.) is on his/her resume.
  • Look at examples of American resume formatting. Look at how addresses, contact information, and the objective summary are listed. Experience and education are chronological. List your spouse's most current work experiences and then his/her most recent education. Do not include personal information such as age, weight, relationship status, photo, or religion.

Be aware of job scams. Some jobs posted may not be real/legal. Here are common scams to avoid:

  • You have to pay an application or interview fee
  • You have to provide your social security number or credit card or bank information
  • The in-person interview is not in a public building
  • Be wary of work-from-home jobs: some may ask you to mail checks or packages and receive them at your residence, or they may require you to deposit checks or wire money from your bank account, etc.

Make sure to do your research on the company, job location, and job role before applying.

Interview Tips:

  • Prepare for interviews by reading about the company, the job description, and read about common interview questions
  • Dress professionally and bring copies of the resume to the interview. Do not accompany your spouse to the interview inside the building
  • When questioned about eligibility during interviews, have your spouse explain he/she has a green card (a permanent resident card) and is legally authorized to live and work permanently in the U.S.
  • Have your spouse be confident and positive when selling relevant experience and skills to the interviewers and prepare a few questions to ask the interviewers about the role and work environment

Feel free to reach out to your most current assigned PassportUSA representative if you have any questions.Be sure to check out more great articles in the Employee Education Center to help you succeed in your new life in the USA!

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