The University of Minnesota prides itself on recruiting top faculty, administrators, and coaching staff from all corners of the globe. And these new hires often relocate to Minnesota with families in tow.
The Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) connects spouses and domestic partners of faculty and staff — both in the Twin Cities and across the state — with Minnesota employers of all types.
Highly skilled, in high demand
When you partner with RAP, you’re accessing a diverse range of talent that runs the gamut — from chemical engineering to graphic design. Companies can expect most candidates to be early- to mid-career professionals with advanced degrees. In addition, many speak multiple languages.
Easy to reach and recruit
Often the spouses and partners of relocating faculty and staff begin their job searches long before moving, sometimes six to nine months in advance. If you plan to post a career opportunity, reach out to RAP as soon as possible. Not all candidates choose to post a profile on the RAP hiring page, so contact the program directly if you want to fill a position soon.
If you’re not actively seeking to hire, RAP can use your company as a resource for relocated spouses and partners. Whether you offer facility tours, informational interviews, or hiring sessions for potential employees, you can help job seekers get the lay of the land in Minnesota. In the process, your company makes valuable contacts for future positions.
RAP’s role is to connect employers with job seekers, but steps out after the connection is made. It’s up to the candidate to arrange job interviews, follow up and earn the position. So you can interview candidates without the pressure to make an offer — but chances are good that you will.
Special thanks to Mary Everley, director of the Relocation Assistance Program, for her contribution to this post.