You are required to seek and accept suitable work. Suitable work means work that takes into account your prior training and experience, location, and the pay for similar work in your area.
Most people are required to seek the type of work they normally do. Along with your usual work, you can also seek other types of work as long as you are qualified and willing to accept the normal hours and rate of pay for that work.
If the work you normally do is not readily available or you cannot do that work any longer, you must look for other types of available work that you have skills or experience to do.
For example, if you were working as a travel agent and there are not a lot of opportunities for that type of work in your area, you must also look for other types of work that exist in your area that you can do.
As a travel agent, you may have skills managing an office, scheduling, customer service, or even accounting related to your prior work. You should seek opportunities that would allow you to use your current skill set in a different (but perhaps similar) line of work.
If you are considering a career change or training opportunities, WorkSource Oregon offers a variety of services, including career planning, workshops, and information on training and financial aid. You can also visit Qualityinfo.org for information on jobs, careers, salaries, and other employment information in your area.
If the Employment Department has determined you are a ‘displaced worker,’ meaning you are unlikely to return to your previous industry, you may be eligible for the Training Unemployment Insurance (TUI) Program. Learn more on our TUI webpage.