Oregon Work Search Requirements

Worksource Oregon Registration

In order to get benefits you must register with WorkSource Oregon, enter your job seeker information into iMatchSkills(R), AND meet with staff at your local WorkSource Oregon center. You are exempt from this requirement if you are union-attached, or have a definite return to full-time work date with your regular employer within four weeks from your last day worked.

Register with WorkSource Oregon at:


If you don't have Internet access, you can register at your local WorkSource Oregon center. You can't register or enter your iMatchSkills information by phone.

We provide the following services to you free of cost and upon request: language assistance, auxiliary aides or services, alternate formats, such as Braille, large print, audio, oral presentation and electronic formats for individuals with disabilities or individuals with limited English proficiency.

How do I seek work?

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.


  • First payment will be by check mailed to your home.
  • Subsequent payments will be made by either a direct deposit, or to a Reliacard debit card.