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The University of Texas at Tyler Offering New Program to Aid Student and Alumni Job Search

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April 27, 2017

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
903.565.5769 or 903.539.7196 (cell)

The University of Texas at Tyler Office of Career Services, in collaboration with UT System, has launched UT Talent Exchange to explore a new way of connecting students and alumni to careers, Dr. Howard Patterson, vice president for student affairs, announced.

UT Talent Exchange is a database designed to match small to mid-sized companies that have jobs and internship opportunities with students and alumni from universities across the UT System. The system uses matching algorithms to connect candidates to employers based not only on job requirements but also on individual candidate skills and interests as they relate to the job descriptions.

"This system increases students' online visibility with employers, and it allows them to find their 'best-fit' opportunities with employers that they may not have otherwise discovered," said Marilyn Albert, director of career services at The University of Texas at Tyler.

Candidates will fill out a questionnaire based on their skills, interests and ideal job situation. Employers will complete the same type questionnaire for each job they post. The system then matches job specifications with candidates.

The benefit of this system is that it allows people to find employment opportunities that are more closely related to how they see themselves in their chosen career field, not just a job. Employers find candidates based on skills, interests and job fit as they relate to specific questionnaires, not generic job descriptions.

"We encourage all students and alumni to take advantage of this unique system. More student and alumni participation will increase employer participation," Albert said.

Candidates should visit http://texas.workfountain.com/home/candidates.

Employers should visit http://texas.workfountain.com/home/getstarted.

For more information, contact The University of Texas at Tyler Office of Career Services, 903.565.5862.

One of the 14 campuses of the UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler features excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at The University of Texas at Tyler, which has an enrollment of nearly 10,000 high-ability students. The University of Texas at Tyler offers courses at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine as well as a location in Houston.

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