If you're out of work and collecting unemployment benefits in Tennessee, you'll soon need proof of your job search.
Some might say looking for a job is like a full-time job in itself. News 5 caught up with Jarred Rollins at a temp agency; right now he's unemployed, but he's hard at work filling out applications. "I've got a list at home, a little legal pad, that has at least three-quarters of a page with just online applications," he said.
Rollins says he's not collecting unemployment yet, but it's certainly an option. Starting September 1, those collecting unemployment in Tennessee will have to fill out logs with three job searches a week.
News 5 learned before it wasn't mandatory for people to document their job search. Those logs need to be kept and filed at home since the Department of Labor will be doing random audits of 1,000 people collecting unemployment benefits.
If they don't have proof they're searching, it can be costly. "They can be asked to repay [their benefits], they can be put on suspension for so many weeks," said Shelley Hodge with the Tennessee Department of Labor.
Hodge says keeping a log isn't as hard as it sounds. "They can come into the job career center and look at our job lists, they can talk to friends and family that know of an opening some place," she said.
It's just as important for people to keep track of any follow-ups as well.
For Rollins, he's keeping track of every opportunity and hoping for more. "I know that I'm more than capable of doing what it is that I want to do here. It's just finding the opportunity is the problem," he said.
Notices have been sent out to those affected by the new requirements. News 5 also learned people receiving federal unemployment benefits are already required to keep a log of their job search.