How to Hire in Nashville: Nashville, TN Hiring Trends for 2022

Nashville is home to a diverse, highly educated workforce, and it has long been known for its thriving music industry, tourism and financial and health care sectors. The average age of the city’s 328,240 residents is 38.5, and over 60% have a post-secondary education.

Before you post a Nashville help wanted ad, learn about the local job market and competition by reviewing our guide to hiring in Nashville. Knowing how to attract and connect with job seekers can simplify your recruitment process and help entice quality candidates to your business.

Related: Our step-by-step guide to write a help wanted ad in any location

Below are Indeed’s insights* to help you create your next help wanted ad in Nashville:

*Indeed data (US) — April 2021
As of April 2021, jobs in Nashville are moderately competitive compared to other job markets.

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Competing for talent in Nashville

717,294

Job seekers that clicked Nashville job postings

63,191

Jobs that received clicks by job seekers

11

Average number of job seekers per job posting


Who else is hiring in Nashville?

Below are the most popular employers in the Nashville metro based on job clicks in April 2021 on Indeed.com.

Here are the top employers by clicks:

  1. Vanderbilt University Medical Center 2.61%
  2. Amazon.com 0.88%
  3. State of Tennessee 0.76%
  4. Ascension 0.54%
  5. Vaco 0.53%
  6. Vanderbilt University 0.49%
  7. Randstad 0.44%
  8. EviCore 0.42%
  9. Wood Personnel Services 0.42%
  10. Asurion 0.42%

As the state capitol, Nashville is home to several renowned colleges and universities, and these institutions consistently rank among the top 10 employers in the region. The city is also home to Amazon’s new Operation Center of Excellence. By 2030, the center will serve as the company’s Southeastern U.S. retail services hub and employ approximately 5,000 technical and nontechnical workers.


Job seeker search activity in Nashville

There are 320K resumes from job seekers available in Nashville on Indeed that you can source talent for your open positions from. Learn more about what to look for in a resume.

There are 717K job seekers who have clicked on jobs leading to 10 job seekers per job on average.

Here are the top search terms job seekers click on:

  1. Hiring Immediately 0.89%
  2. Remote Work From Home 0.68%
  3. Warehouse 0.69%
  4. Customer Service 0.50%
  5. Customer Service Representative 0.47%
  6. Administrative Assistant 0.44%
  7. Human Resources 0.41%
  8. Receptionist 0.37%
  9. Data Entry 0.34%
  10. Accounting 0.33%

In April 2021, the top search term clicked on by Nashville job seekers was Hiring Immediately, which shows a large pool of candidates ready to begin work right away. Warehouse, Customer Service Representative and Administrative Assistant positions were also popular, as were jobs involving Data Entry and Accounting.


Nashville salaries

According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary in Nashville, TN, ranges from approximately $23,825 per year for a Line Cook to $217,035 per year for an Owner Operator Driver. According to Payscale, Nashville’s cost of living is 3% lower than the U.S. average.

Before posting your job, visit Indeed Salaries to check how you compare to reported salaries from other employers and job seekers.


Where are the candidates for Nashville jobs?

To attract more applicants, consider expanding your search area to include locations outside Nashville. While nearly half of all job seekers looking for positions in Nashville live in the city, more than half come from nearby regions.

Below are the top 10 listed locations for resumes in the Nashville area:

  1. Nashville, TN 48.38%
  2. Antioch, TN 6.03%
  3. Franklin, TN 5.93%
  4. Hendersonville, TN 4.71%
  5. Smyrna, TN 4.55%
  6. Gallatin, TN 3.85%
  7. Mount Juliet, TN 3.49%
  8. Hermitage, TN 2.94%
  9. Madison, TN 2.69%
  10. La Vergne, TN 2.66%

Indeed requires location information for job postings and is one of the first pieces of information that is needed to list a job.

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Recruit from Nashville universities, colleges and trade schools

Postsecondary schools often maintain job boards, host career fairs and offer job placement services to students. Consider adding the names of Nashville colleges and universities when searching for candidates.

Nashville colleges and universities

Nashville’s colleges, universities and trade schools produce highly skilled graduates and many of these grads search for jobs in the Nashville area. Vanderbilt University is known for its robust engineering, biomedical sciences and social sciences programs, while the Tennessee College of Applied Technology offers career-orientated technical training, including practical nursing, office administration, industrial and aviation maintenance and building construction.

  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Tennessee
  • Belmont University
  • Lipscomb University

Nashville trade schools

  • Remington College
  • Fortis Institute
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology

Hiring and other resources for Nashville businesses

City of Nashville: The official City of Nashville serves as the online portal for all city services, including business licensing, inspections and burglar and fire alarm registration. Visit the City of Nashville.

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce: A large nonprofit business organization focused on creating sustainable economic growth through leadership, networking and policy advising. Members have access to several educational events, advertising and investment opportunities. Visit the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce: A nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth of Black-owned and -operated businesses in Nashville. Members have access to professional development opportunities, networking events and discounts on sponsorship and advertising packages. Visit the Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce.

National Association of Women Business Owners: A nationwide organization focused on the development of women entrepreneurs. The Nashville chapter hosts regular networking events, educational workshops and seminars. Visit the NAWDO Nashville.

YP Nashville: An organization focused on creating connections between young professionals to advance enterprise in the Nashville area. Annual events include the YP Nashville Leadership Series and the Nashville Emerging Leaders Awards. Visit YP Nashville.


Find Nashville talent: best practices for creating a help wanted ad

A number of factors contribute to Nashville’s moderately competitive job market, including steady population growth. Taking the time to understand the market will help you reach and attract a qualified talent pool.

Ready to create and distribute a help wanted ad in Nashville? Check out our guide on how to write a help wanted ad or get started by posting your job on Indeed.

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