UT Austin’s decentralized landscape can pose a challenge to employers looking to connect with a portion of the more than 50,000 students on campus. Familiarizing yourself with the organization of the University as part of your recruitment planning can help you develop more strategic approaches to on-campus recruiting, with job postings in particular requiring knowledge of the ways in which majors are organized in campus and the differing resources of individual campus career services offices.
Where should I begin?
Which job boards should I post to?
Where should I post non-professional work opportunities for current students?
When should I post to HireUTexas powered by Handshake?
How do I attract underrepresented applicants?
What should I include for my HireUTexas powered by Handshake posting to be approved?
First, review UT Austin’s areas of study and the overview of campus recruiting touchpoints to determine the talent populations of interest to you and how you can engage them on campus. The RecruitUT Recruiting Guides can help you identify programs and recruiting events of specific interest to particular industries and job functions. To develop targeted campus recruiting strategies, contact the career centers affiliated with the schools whose students you are looking to recruit. Job postings are a great first-step if you have an immediate hiring need, but engaging in multiple campus activities can support your long-term recruiting needs as well as a long-term relationship with the University.
In addition to the campus-wide job board (HireUTexas powered by Handshake), there are job boards specific to 13 of UT Austin’s colleges managed by the individual career centers. If you are only targeting one major or a cluster of majors located in a single school, these job boards should be your primary posting location. If you are engaging majors across multiple schools, submitting postings to each online system as well as HireUTexas powered by Handshake will maximize the visibility of the opportunity. Please note that each job board is a separate system, and there is currently no way to create a single posting for submission to all relevant job boards on campus.
Non-professional/career-oriented positions such as retail, seasonal, or other part-time positions for current students can be posted to Hire-a-Longhorn (if aligned with the Office of Financial Aid’s posting policies) or advertised through Texas Student Media. Please note that administrative, customer service, sales, or bank teller positions that do not require a completed Bachelor’s degree are considered non-professional positions.
HireUTexas powered by Handshake is a great resource for employers looking to target multiple colleges at UT Austin or who are doing experienced-hire recruiting. It’s an excellent supplement to your postings on college-specific boards and also serves as the primary job database for Texas Exes, UT Austin’s alumni community. Whereas the visibility of postings on college-specific boards are limited to students—and, in some cases, some alumni—of that college, HireUTexas powered by Handshake postings are visible to all students and alumni at UT Austin.
If you are an affirmative action employer proactively recruiting students from groups underrepresented in your industry, please indicate as much in your posting’s job description. Example: Company X is an affirmative action employer proactively seeking well-qualified candidates from underrepresented backgrounds, including women, veterans, racial/ethnic minorities, applicants with disabilities, and LGBTQ applicants. This information can then be shared with relevant campus offices and programs to enhance your recruiting efforts. Take a look at our [diversity recruiting guide] for additional resources to support your planning.
Please refer to the Recruiting Policies page for a complete overview of posting guidelines and UT’s campus-wide recruiting policies. Include as much information as you can in your job description about the nature of the work and the skills/experiences you are seeking.