For student spouses or partners who have work authorization and want to work, finding employment is often an important task to help with the transition into the Cornell/Ithaca community. Looking for a job, especially in a new community, can be a daunting activity.  To assist spouses and partners in the job search, we recommend the following resources.

  • Tompkins Workforce New York provides a convenient, one-stop shopping approach for accessing employment-related services for businesses, workers, and jobseekers in Tompkins County. The full-service Workforce New York Career Center is located in downtown Ithaca in Center Ithaca on The Commons. The center provides an open, friendly, and professional atmosphere with trained staff ready to assist jobseekers. Our student partners frequently meet with the Tompkins Workforce staff to:
    • identify goals and objectives for work,
    • gain self-knowledge,
    • review cover letters and resumes,
    • practice interviewing,
    • learn about professional development opportunities,
    • take part in networking events,
    • gain understanding about the local landscape of employment possibilities in Tompkins County and the surrounding area.
  • Our partnership with Tompkins Workforce is strong, with repeated positive feedback from our spouses and partners. We host 2 sessions each year with Tompkins Workforce to help inform our spouses and partners of what is available to them and to help make that personal connection. Please watch our website for session announcement.  At any time, know that you can reach out to Tompkins Workforce by contacting (607) 272-7570 or visiting their website.
  • Cornell University is one of the major employers in the area and many spouses and partners find employment here. Job postings for Cornell can be found on the Cornell HR careers page. We host one-session each year with a Human Resources Recruiter from Cornell University for our spouses and partners. Explore the Cornell-produced guide to beginning a local or regional job search.
  • Sign up for the Student Spouse/Partner Employment E-List.  This e-list is designed for student spouse/partners seeking employment in the Ithaca area.  As positions become available, job announcements are emailed to e-list members.  In addition, any employment workshops/services open to student spouses and partners are shared through this list.
  • If your spouse/partner is an international student, please visit the International Services for Families page to find out more about eligibility for work authorization in the United States.

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