The key lies in our favorite social media site, LinkedIn. Instead of automatically applying to every email address on the list, think of the UTA job list as a starting point for research. With the exception of an anonymous posting, you should be able to figure out the company name (and often the hiring manager’s name) in the listing. Take this information, log onto LinkedIn, and look up that person or company. In any job application, the first line of attack should always be to look for referrals, so figure out if you have any connections who know the hiring manager or someone at the company and get them to pass your resume along. If this fails, try to figure out who the department assistant is that’s hiring, and reach out via direct email (not the generic firstname.lastname@example.org email that’s often included in the posting). By doing this, you’ll have bypassed hundreds of other resumes and will get yourself some real consideration.
And really, this strategy works for any job board. In particular, the UTA job list has a reputation for being a life-saver, but it’s only going to work for you if you know how to use it correctly.