Finding a job can seem impossible considering that there are always dozens of equally qualified applicants for the same positions. How do you know that the job board is legitimate? How can you determine whether you should pay for a premier job listing service or not? Finding the right tools at the right time can be half the battle when it comes to finding a great job in Tennessee. While job searches have gone digital, your job search tools can also include other venues, such as university career center counselors and services, job fairs, hiring events and job centers. You should also make sure your resume and cover letter are up to date and configured to work with most employers’ keyword software. As a formidable job search tool, the resume is still king. The following resources can help you to find several trustworthy places to look for work within the state of Tennessee.
Job Search Tool #1: Jobs4TN
This is a platform that includes the state database of current positions. One of the best features of this site is that it is not simply duplicated content that has been retrieved from other sources on the web. Nearly 90,000 jobs are listed daily. The site searches newspapers for you, as well as listings from recruiting agencies, hospitals and all government sites. You do have to register and create an account, but this is free to do. The Jobs4TN also is available as an app, so if you find yourself with a few minutes stuck in line somewhere, you can continue your job search.
Job Search Tool #2: Hiring Events
Hiring events are listed via the Jobs4TN site, and showcase in-person events where you can get your face in front of potential employers and hand deliver your resume. However, before attending such events, it pays to do a little research. The site will list which companies will be in attendance. Do some homework, research the companies, and then tailor your resume and cover letter to the company’s missions and goals. When you attend these events, come as if you are prepared to do an interview that day. In many instances, this is exactly what will happen. While it is normal to be nervous, you can feel more confident in a face-to-face interview if you have done some homework, and you have an idea of what types of interview questions will be asked. All of this information can be found while researching the company.
Job Search Tool #3: American Job Centers
The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development work through localized centers called American Job Centers. These centers are in 95 counties in the state, and offer all types of resources you can use, including computers, fax machines, workshops for writing a resume and interviewing skills. The job centers will also have hiring events that they will post throughout the year. Some centers offer job placement assistance, recruitment and sometimes skills training. The centers are grouped by local workforce development areas, which means that certain regions pool their resources and can focus on programs and services that best meet an area’s local needs. Mobile American Job Centers are large vans that carry much of the same equipment into rural areas. They maintain a list so that you can see when the mobile unit may be in your area.
Job Search Tool #4: Tennessee Teaching Platforms
If you are an educator and would like to teach in Tennessee or would like to move within the state and find a teaching job, then this state sponsored site is for you as it lists all available openings in public k-12 schools. The platform allows teachers to view all vacancies, set up alerts, post a resume, and even digitally submit an application to employers and school districts that look promising.
Job Search Tool #5: Tennessee Department of Human Resources
The state of TN has at any one time a large number of employment opportunities. Users are required to set up an account and develop a profile. It is free to search the listings, and you can set advance filters for locations and industry types. The only way to apply for these jobs is to do so electronically. Be sure to set your SPAM and TRASH filters to allow email correspondence to come through from this job search platform. Once you have found a position you feel you are qualified for, submit your resume and cover letter. It will be evaluated for eligibility and within approximately two weeks, you will be notified about the verification of eligibility. Minimum qualifications will get you a round-one job interview. There are usually two or three interviews before a state job is awarded.
Job Search Tool #6: College Career Centers
If you are about to graduate, or are a recent graduate or alumni of a college or university in Tennessee, then you can work through the campus career and advising centers to locate employment. In many instances, the advisors can also assist with making your resume compatible with search software that most companies use and can give you exclusive access to databases that list employment (often by former alumni). Many paid internships are also listed in such centers, and beginning as a paid intern is often a stepping stone to the next level of employment.