Tenneesee Work Search Requirements

Start searching for work immediately after filing your unemployment application. Explore many of the available resources to you in our Job Search section. Reasonable effort must be made to secure work unless you are returning to your employer in the near future, normally get work through a union, or are enrolled in approved training.

What Counts as a Work Search?


Logging in to your account and searching for jobs
Creating resume(s) on your profile

Job Applications

Completing a job application in-person or online with employers who may reasonably be expected to have openings for work that you can do
Mailing a job application and/or resume, as instructed in a public notice
Sending job applications to employers who have an open job that you can do

Employer Visits

Making in-person visits with employers who may have job openings


Interviewing with potential employers in person or by telephone

Employment Agency Registration

Registering for work with private employment agencies, placement services or hiring unions

American Job Center Resources

Using the employment resources available at American Job Centers that may lead directly to a job, and Attending job search seminars, career networking meetings, job fairs or employment-related workshops that offer instruction in improving individual skills for obtaining employment

Failure To Comply

Benefits can be stopped if you are not in compliance. Failure to make three valid work searches each week and documenting work searches on Jobs4TN can disqualify you from receiving unemployment benefits. Providing false work search information could result in losing benefits for eight weeks.