Once upon a time, the UTA job list was the holy grail of job boards – it was semi-difficult to get your hands on, and it was considered the best resource for finding open assistant positions. But that’s not the case anymore – since so many people have access to the list, the number of replies to a posting will quickly overwhelm the hiring manager, and your resume is likely to get overlooked. But there’s a way around this...if you’re willing to put in some extra time and get a little bit crafty.
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.
--Angela Silak & Cindy Kaplan
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