A key piece of your re-employment plan will be contacting employers who hire people with your experience, training and skills. Unless otherwise advised by an Employment Department representative, you must continue seeking work each week that you claim benefits, even if you are already employed part-time. Your efforts must reflect a genuine desire to obtain employment immediately.
You must complete at least five work seeking activities for each week that you claim benefits. Work seeking activities include, but are not limited to:
- Attending job placement meetings sponsored by WorkSource Oregon
- Participating in a job club or networking group dedicated to job placement
- Updating your resume
- Reviewing job placement websites or newspapers without responding to a job posting
- Making direct contact with an employer
Two of the five work seeking activities you complete each week must be direct contact with an employer. This means contacting them in person, by phone, by mail, or electronically to inquire about and/or apply for a job opening. You must contact the employer in the way they require.
When you claim benefits your report of work seeking activities must include:
- The date you completed the activity, and
- A description of the activity completed
When reporting direct contacts, be sure to include:
- Date of contact
- Company name, phone number and address, or online job posting ID number
- Person contacted
- Type of work or position applied for
- Method of contact, and
We have included the Work Search Record form in the back of this handbook to help you keep track of your work seeking activities each week. This form is also available on:
Failure to provide this information during weekly claims may result in a denial of benefits and possible overpayments and penalties.