TAHLEQUAH – A new Cherokee Nation website for job hunters is live and pulling in prospective employees, according to the tribe’s HR boss.
The site, called cherokeenationjobs.org, lists job openings and makes it easy to apply, Human Resources Executive Director Samantha Hendricks said.
“We found that our top searches have been like a registered nurse, the marshals, housekeeping, phlebotomists and EMTs,” she told Tribal Councilors during her March 13 Rules Committee report. “So we’re continuing to just take applicants, not just for those positions, but for all positions. But those seem to be our top hits with our new site.”
The online career site, which is also available on mobile devices, includes a chat bot and a text-to-apply option by texting Cherokee jobs to 97211. The text option can be translated into the Cherokee language, Hendricks added.
She told councilors that HR has also increased orientation numbers.
“We’re reaching about 30, 32 new hires every week,” Hendricks said.
The often-discussed issue of communication – or a lack thereof – with job applicants is also improving, according to Hendricks.
“I’ve had two different people tell me they were disappointed they didn’t get the job, but they were happy that Cherokee Nation gave them notice so they didn’t keep hanging on,” Tribal Councilor E.O. “Junior” Smith said. “So, I really like that you all are doing that. It makes it a lot easier on us.”
In a report from the Marshal Service, it was noted that in February the tribe’s law enforcement arm worked 55 cases, served nine warrants and conducted 67 community patrols.