How to Apply
It is important to know that your application experience may be different depending on where you would like to work within UAB Medicine:
- If you are applying to work at UAB Hospital, UAB Hospital-Highlands, The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, or UAB Health System, you will create a candidate profile and submit an application through their applicant tracking system.
- If you are applying to work at UA Health Services Foundation or any of our outlying Ambulatory Clinics, you will create a candidate profile and submit an application through a different applicant tracking system.
- If you are applying to work at Callahan Eye Hospital or any other UAB Ophthalmology Clinics, you will submit a paper application and cannot save your information to an electronic system.
The applicant tracking systems are independent of one another, and you will only be able to save your information, view jobs you have applied to or check the status of your application within the system you applied through.
If you need any special accommodations or if you have questions that are not answered here, we encourage you to contact a UAB Medicine HR representative at the organization to which you are applying.
- Resume and Job History Tips
- Preparing for an Interview
- Pre-Employment Background Check and Drug Screen
A resume is an important tool in a job search as it is often your first introduction to a hiring manager. It is used to:
- Give the hiring manager enough information to consider you for an interview.
- Supplement the information included in your online profile.
- Focus attention on your skills and experiences.
- Demonstrate your written communication skills.
When creating a resume or listing out your job history, please go back as far as possible and include all experience within the past 15 years. Be prepared to address any gaps in employment.
Developing Your Resume
Take the time to develop a resume that will best highlight your skills and experiences. Make a list of your present and past experiences, accomplishments and skills. Select from this list the information that will be pertinent for your resume and the job for which you are applying. Elaborate on your list by writing a short, concise description of each experience, accomplishment or skill. Begin each phrase with an action verb. Organize your resume in an effective format by placing the most critical information first.
Things to Include
Contact information: name, address, phone number, and email address
Summary: brief statement at the top of your resume highlighting your career objectives or qualifications
Education: school name, location, degree, graduation date, grade point average (GPA), honors
Work experience: company name, location, position title, dates (list work experience in chronological order with your most recent experience at the top), duties/accomplishments (use action verbs and list transferable skills)
Professional certifications, memberships, licenses
Skills: technical skills, computer skills, languages
Things NOT to Include
- Personal data (age, religion, personal photographs, and family status)
- Abbreviations and acronyms – unless you know the reader is familiar with them
- Misspellings – have others proofread your resume for correct spelling and grammar
Do Your Research
- Read and familiarize yourself with our UAB Medicine Core Values.
- Be familiar with general interview questions to determine how you have handled certain situations in the past. Be specific in your answers, with real-life examples. Questions typically focus on key behaviors relevant to the position you are interviewing for and may include:
- Tell me something about yourself (professionally – talk about work, school, etc.).
- Tell me about your education/work experience.
- What are your short-term/long-range career goals?
- Why are you interested in UAB Medicine?
- What is your greatest strength/weakness?
- What are the most important considerations for you in choosing a job?
- How do you feel you can contribute to our organization?
- What do you know about UAB Medicine?
- What have you learned from your mistakes?
- Be prepared to ask us questions back so that you can determine if this is the right fit for you. We want to get to know you and help you make the best career choice.
- What is the employee evaluation process?
- What on-the-job training or educational advancement opportunities are offered?
- What are the hours? How much travel is involved?
- Are there opportunities for advancement?
- What is the typical career path in this field?
- What is a typical day like in this role?
- What other employee types will I work with?
- Take a look a closer look at UAB Medicine on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
- Find out how many people – and who – you will be interviewing with.
During the Interview
- Dress appropriately for the job you are applying for. Many times this means dressing more conservatively fashion than your usual style and often a step above what you would wear on a normal work day.
- Arrive early. Parking is difficult, be sure to have a clear plan for where you are going, where you will park and how long it will take you to get there.
- Bring a few copies of your resume to share if needed.
- Stay on point when answering questions and be careful not to ramble. Make sure you listen to the question fully to allow you to answer correctly.
- Be yourself!
UAB Medicine places the highest priority on the safety of its patients, visitors and staff. To ensure the safest environment possible, we conduct a pre-employment background check and drug screen on all individuals who are offered employment or appointments at one of our UAB Medicine locations.
UAB Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity, and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. UAB Medicine is active participant in E-Verify for the I-9 process.
Mandatory Screening, Vaccination, and Testing Policies
As a world-class medical center operating as part of a public education and research university, UAB Medicine is dedicated to the preservation of health and prevention of disease. UAB Medicine desires to provide a safe and healthy work environment and to promote the health and well being of its employees, visitors and patients.
Seasonal Flu Vaccination Policy
All UAB Medicine employees are required to receive the flu vaccine each year prior to December 15. The flu vaccine will be offered as part of the health screening process for all new employees. Those hired during the flu season (October 1 - March 31) are required to receive the flu vaccine. If the individual has had the flu vaccine, documentation will be required to update our records for compliance. Failure to comply will result in an initial, unpaid suspension from work up to five (5) calendar days. Failure to obtain the vaccine during the five (5) day suspension will be considered voluntary resignation of employment, and clinical faculty will lose their privileges.
Tuberculosis (TB) Screening
Certain UAB Medicine employees are subject to pre-employment and annual Tuberculosis (TB) screenings.
Additional Tests & Screenings
For certain positions, employees are subject to additional screenings including Respirator FIT Testing (pre-employment, annually), Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support (pre-employment, every two years), and other tests or screenings as required.