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Tennessee Unemployment Job Search Requirements

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development want all unemployment claimants in Tennessee to demonstrate valid work search activity and maintain a work search log. Failure to comply with the new law will result in a loss of benefits.

Documenting 3 work searches each week is must for those receiving unemployment benefits. Labor and Workforce Development will conduct random audits of 1,000 claimants’ work search documentation each week to verify work search activity. If work search claims are found to be fraudulent, the department will stop a claimant’s benefits immediately and can suspend payments for 8 weeks.

A valid search activity is considered as one of the following:

  • Registering with www.jobs4tn.gov and looking up / applying for jobs onsite.
  • Completing a job application online in person
  • Submitting your resume/ applying for a particular job as per public notice
  • Visiting with employers directly regarding job openings
  • Submitting job applications with potential employers
  • Taking part in interviews for suitable jobs
  • Registering for jobs with private agencies for employment or hiring
  • Making use of resources available at Tennessee Career Centers
  • Attending seminars/ talks focusing on career guidance/ job hunting or workshops instructing on how to get jobs faster

Your illness or that of a family member or a death in the family does not exclude work searches. If at any time you are unable to complete the required weekly work searches, you must answer “NO” to the related certification question.

Once you resume the TUC Work Search requirement you should go online to reopen your claim.

Weekly TUC Work Search Log records should include a list of all work search contacts made, date of each contact, names and titles of persons contacted, telephone numbers, addresses (mail, e-mail, or Web), and the results of each contact.

Questions & Answers

  1. Gordon Barutha says:

    I cannot figure out on Tenn sit how to enter my in person job applications that I went to?

    • Sam says:

      Gordon,

      It should be self-explanatory. Please call the Unemployment Office if you’re having issues with submission.

  2. James says:

    My work is seasonal, sometimes I will have another seasonal job lined up that I use as a fill in. My fill in work will not start 8 weeks this time. A few years ago when I needed unemployment for a short time, I was told I was not required to do the job search, because I had a job starting in a few weeks, is that still the same. my jobs are fairly regular and do not want to go on interviews knowing I will quit them when my regular employers are ready for me. Everything is online and cannot get to talk to anyone at the TN Unemployment office

    • Martin says:

      Seasonal jobs do not generally qualify unless specified otherwise. As far as I aware, the conditions are still the same.

      You may want to call the Unemployment Office during off-peak hours to confirm.

  3. Randy says:

    Are the reasons for denial of unemployment benefits and subsequent appeals by an individual a matter of public record?

    • Martin says:

      Please note we are not associated with the government or state authorities.

      Please call the claims center to get further advice in this regard.

  4. Carla Foster says:

    A client of mine would like to know if during the process of trying to start a new business qualify for job search. Compensation will begin once open for business.

    • Jeff says:

      Please provide more details surrounding your question.

      To qualify for weekly benefits, your client has to make the required job searches and report it accordingly.

  5. chris jamison says:

    I filed online oct29 and when I log in to check my benefits it says $0.00 . its only nov 1 does it take time or does that mean im denied

  6. Kirstie says:

    I have been doing alot of ready and and some people are saying that is taking them months to actually get their unemployment checks? And I also try to get in touch with a real person and can’t seem to. is there something i can do?

  7. Brittney says:

    When completed both three work searches to recieve benifts do I print it out and mail it, fax it?
    or is it an incase they check i just have it on record?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Brittney,

      You will have to retain all your work search records for at least 2 years from now. You DO NOT have to mail or fax it. Unemployment office will request you to furnish these records during the audit. Do not fail to carry out work search.

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