Oregon job opportunities

While serving your country, you learned leadership, discipline, and many other valuable skills and attributes.  Now put those skills to work in a job where you can continue to make a difference, grow your career, and enjoy the many benefits we have to offer.​ 

Where to start

Explore your options

Sometimes our job titles don’t tell the whole story. Take time to explore our career paths to find the areas that match your qualifications and interests. 

Stay informed

Once you determine the types of jobs that interest you, fill out an alert to receive notices when related positions become available.  

Write with the recruiter and hiring manager in mind

You’ve developed a wide range of skills that can transfer to different jobs within the county, but you need to make that clear to the people screening your application materials.

Highlight transferable skills and qualifications

If you qualify for veterans’ preference and you believe you possess skills that would transfer well to a specific job opening, and/or special qualifications that relate to the position, be sure to explain how your skills and/or qualifications relate to the required and preferred skills and qualifications stated on the job announcement. 

Read the job announcement – then read it again

Our job announcements state the minimum and preferred qualifications for each position. Be sure you clearly demonstrate how you meet those qualifications on your application. Make sure you understand what materials are required to apply for each opening and take the time to review your application and other materials before you submit your application. 

Be clear and complete

 If you are required to answer supplemental questions as part of the application process, be sure to include all relevant information for each question. Be as concise as possible, but don’t leave out any experience or skills that directly relate to each answer. Any training or experience you refer to in your responses should match the information on your application. (In other words, if you answer a question using details about a particular job, make sure the job appears in the work history section of your application.) 

Don’t delay

Apply for an opening that interests you as soon as you can. Some recruitments may close without warning. 

 

Veterans preference in employment 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 veteran's 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 2​15.

To apply for Veterans Preference with Oregon state government you must attach documentation and submit with your online application.

​Veteran

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 Department 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.​
  6. ​You are receiving a non-service connected pension from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

You must provide proof of eligibility by submitting:

A copy of your DD214/DD215 form (documentation must include character discharge) to qualify under #1-5 above)

  • To qualify under #1-5 above you must have been discharged or released under honorable conditions.
  • To qualify under #6, provide a letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension.​​

 Disabled Veteran

 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. Have a disability rating from the US Department of Veterans Affairs; or
  3. Awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.

You must provide proof of eligibility by submitting:

A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; and

A copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs.​​​​While serving your country, you learned leadership, discipline, and many other valuable skills and attributes.  Now put those skills to work in a job where you can continue to make a difference, grow your career, and enjoy the many benefits we have to offer.