How can I find out about vacancies at the City of Cookeville?
Vacancies are listed on this website; in the local newspaper, The Herald-Citizen; and on bulletin boards located inside City buildings.
Where can I get an application?
Applications are available in the Human Resources Department or at the Receptionist Desk located in the City Municipal Building, 45 E Broad St., Cookeville, TN. You may download a City of Cookeville application . Applications should be mailed to: City of Cookeville, Human Resources Department, PO Box 998, Cookeville, TN 38503.
Do I have to complete an application or will you accept a resume?
A City of Cookeville Application or a resume is accepted as an initial step in applying for a position. However, if you are offered a position with the City of Cookeville you will, at that time, be asked to complete a City of Cookeville application.
Does there have to be a vacancy for an application to be accepted?
No. The City of Cookeville accepts applications anytime. They are date stamped upon receipt and are considered active for six months from that date. When there are openings applications of those persons who have had experience in the area for which we are advertising are pulled from the active file and placed in the position file.
How will I know if an exam is administered for the position for which I have applied?
When an exam is administered, after the deadline for accepting applications has passed, all applicants who have applied for the position receive a notice by mail of the date, time and place of the test.
Some positions that require testing are: Communications Operator, Police Officer; Firefighter; some clerical positions and others as deemed necessary. Police and Fire applicants are also required to complete a physical agility test. Police Officers are required to pass a psychological exam.
If no exam is administered, how are applicants chosen to fill a position?
After the deadline for accepting applications passes, the Human Resources Director and Department Director review the applications. Those who meet the requirements of the position in education; experience, etc. are scheduled for interviews. After the interview the department director will chose the person/s who appears to be the best qualified and current and former employers are contacted for references. When all the data is gathered, the department director will recommend to the City Manager the applicant who appears to be the best qualified. All prospective employees are required to pass a pre-employment drug screen and physical examination as a condition of employment.
Do I have to be a resident of Cookeville to work for the City?
You do not have to be a resident of Cookeville to work for the City. However, some positions require that the successful applicant be able to report to work within a specified length of time.