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Veterans Resources

Where to Start

The Oregon State Jobs page is the right place to find a job working for the State of Oregon.  You have the option of checking out the current job openings prior to registering in the system, signing up for “Job Alerts”, and applying for a job.  
 
If you see a job for which you'd like to apply, follow these steps:

Step 1:  Register in our online recruiting system.  

Step 2: Sign-in and build an online primary application profile to include a resume, and use it to apply for jobs.
 
Step 3: Search for jobs that match your skills. If you apply for a job be sure to answer questions 9-14 on "Tab 2" of the agency-wide questionnaire. This will ensure that you receive the preferences for which you are eligible.
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Eligibility

Oregon state government provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235; OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries enforces public employer compliance with veterans preference requirements.

Qualifying veterans and disabled veterans may obtain preference by submitting as verification of eligibility a copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215) or a letter from the US Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension to your application. Disabled Veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran's disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215.

Preference is provided as follows:

5 points (Veteran)*:

To receive 5 points you must have served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States (US):
1) For more than 90 consecutive days beginning on or before January 31, 1955; or
2) For more than 178 consecutive days; or
3) For 178 days or less and has a disability rating from the US Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs; or
4) For at least one day in a combat zone; or
5) Received a combat or campaign ribbon or an expeditionary medal for service in the Armed Forces.

To qualify under 1-5 above you must have been discharged or released under honorable conditions; or

6) Is receiving a non-service connected pension from the US Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs

*To receive credit as a 5 Point Veteran you must attach to your application:

A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; or
A letter from the US Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension to your application.

10 points (Disabled Veteran)**:

To receive 10 points you must be:
1) A person whose discharge or release from active duty was for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty; or
2) Entitled to disability compensation under laws administered by the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs; or
3) Awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.

**To receive credit as a 10 point Disabled Veteran you must attach to your application:

A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; and
A copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs.

For additional information on Veterans' Preference eligibility, including definition of the terms "veteran" and "disabled veteran," contact the Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs at 1-800-692-9666.

Note: There is no limit on the number of times you can use veterans’ preference.

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Resources

My Next Move
My Next Move for Veterans is designed for U.S. veterans who are current job seekers.  The interactive tool helps vets learn about their career options.  The site has tasks, skills, salary information, job listings, and more for over 900 different careers.  Veterans can discover civilian careers that are similar to their job in the military.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Employment and Training Services
VETS provides veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights.

Veterans Employment Toolkit
This toolkit is designed to provide veterans with answers and resources in finding and obtaining employment, as well as making career decisions and excelling in the workplace.

National Resource Directory
Find the resources to transition from a military career to a civilian career, identify programs and workplace support for wounded warriors, and learn more about employment rights, protections, and responsibilities.

Request a Copy of Your DD214

Oregon Employment Department Veterans Services and Resources

Contact a Veterans Representative

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Agency Hiring Process

Agencies provide veterans preference throughout the competitive selection process.  This is a general overview of the recruitment and selection process.  For additional information refer to Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 184.340; ORS 240.145 & 240.250; ORS 408.225, 408.230 & 408.235.

Application Examinations

Scored Application Examinations: If an agency uses, after an Initial Application Screening, a scored Application Examination to determine whom to consider further for appointment, the agency will add (based on a 100 point scale) five preference points to a veteran's score and add 10 preference points to a disabled veteran's score.

Unscored Application Examinations: Unscored Application Examinations done by application sorting into levels based on desired attributes, or other criteria to determine those in an applicant pool to be considered further for appointment will be accomplished by:

(a) Advancing the application of a veteran one level within a sorting process or;

(b) Advancing an application of a disabled veteran two levels within a sorting process.

Interviews

Scored Interviews: A veteran or disabled veteran is provided preference in a scored interview process. The agency will add (based on a 100 point scale) five preference points to a veteran's interview score and add 10 preference points to a disabled veteran's interview score at each level of interview to which a score is received.

Unscored Interviews: A veteran or disabled veteran is provided preference in unscored interview processes through an assessment conducted by the Appointing Authority or authorized delegate of the veteran’s or disabled veteran’s merits. In a competitive process, a veteran or disabled veteran who meets all or substantially all of the agency’s purposes in filling the position will continue to be considered for appointment.

Selection

When a veteran or disabled veteran has been determined to be equal to the top applicant(s) for a position upon completion of the Application Examination process, then the veteran or disabled veteran shall be ranked more highly than non-veteran applicants and, a disabled veteran shall be ranked more highly than both non-veteran and veteran applicants, and appointed to the position according to ORS 408.230.

Follow up

A veteran or disabled veteran applicant who is not selected for a position may request an explanation from the hiring agency. The request must be in writing and be sent within 30 calendar days of the date the agency informed the applicant that he/she was not selected (OAR 105-040-0015).

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