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Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in Career Opportunities with the State of Tennessee.

Quick Tips for First-Time Visitors

Go to the "Current Openings" or "Promotional Openings" page to view available job classifications which you may currently apply.  When you find a job classification of interest, click 'Apply' to set up your user account or to login to your established user account.

You also have the option to create your account so your profile is set up and ready when you find a job classification of interest.

Click here for the GovernmentJobs Application Guide and GovernmentJobs Frequently Asked Questions.

Search for Jobs

Types of Employment Services

Preferred Service employee is an employee who holds a position in an agency in the state service, in which the employee has successfully completed the requisite probationary period. Employees in the Preferred Service (formerly known as career service) have a streamlined appeals process for appreciation of a law, rule or policy by an agency which results in dismissal demotion or certain suspensions.

An Executive Service employee is an employee who holds a position in an agency that meets the criteria in Tenn. Code. Ann. § 8-30-202. Executive Service employees serve at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority and do not have the ability to appeal a suspension, demotion, or dismissal.

Preferred Service Job Openings

The first step in the Preferred Service employment process is to determine the job for which you wish to apply using one of the search options below.

Current Openings - A listing of Preferred Service jobs open to all qualified applicants. Click on any job title to view job details and access the link to "Apply" online for the job.

Promotional Openings - A listing of promotional opportunities open only to Tennessee State employees.

Executive Service Job Openings

Executive Job Openings - Applicants cannot use the online employment application system for these jobs. Please follow instructions provided in each posting.

Other State Agencies Employment Links - These sites contain information about jobs that are not within the Preferred Service system and are not applied for through the Department of Human Resources. Please be sure to follow the application instructions provided at each site.

Other Employment Links & Resources

Search for jobs nationwide - using Tennessee's Job Bank (includes both government and private sector employment information).

JOBS4TN - Jobs4TN website is a tool for Tennessee job seekers and employers to search for jobs and job candidates. 

Apply for Job

*The State of Tennessee only accepts online applications. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Follow the steps outlined above to identify the job for which you wish to apply and view the posting for the job. Then click on the "Apply" link to access the login page for the online employment application. You will need to set up an online account before you can log in and begin completing your application. You will need to complete your personal profile, as well as your complete education and employment history. Regardless of whether or not you have previously submitted this information in an application to the Department of Human Resources, you must provide all of your education and work experience history in your online application.

Hiring Process Overview

NOTICE:  The State of Tennessee conducts electronic first round interviews.  All notices and first round interview questions will be emailed to the email address listed on your profile.  Please check your junk, spam or other email boxes regularly to ensure you are receiving all communications regarding your application. 

Each time you apply, your application will be evaluated to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications (e.g., education, experience) required for the posted position. You will be notified of your eligibility within a few weeks following the submission of your application (or approximately one to two weeks after the closing deadline for application). If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be sent a notice inviting you to participate in the first round interview. If you fail to complete the first round interview, you will not progress in the interview process.

How to complete your 1st Round Interview?

After you open the 1st Round Interview email invitation, locate the interview link. There are several ways to access the 1st Round Interview Questions. You can click on the link from the interview letter, copy and paste the link into the web address bar at the top of the webpage, or type the web link exactly as it appears in the letter to the web address bar at the top of the webpage.  Click hereto read more information.

Contact Us

HR Service Center

Inquiry Type Phone Number Email Address
Status of an employment application or Preferred Service Employment Process 615-741-4841


The State of Tennessee is an equal opportunity employer.