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Veteran Hiring Preferences

Federal Contractors

Thank you for visiting the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) website for assistance in requesting priority referrals of protected Veterans for available positions within Oklahoma.

We sincerely appreciate your visit and look forward to helping you comply with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and satisfy job listing requirements set forth in the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) statute.

To enable developing job orders to support your staffing needs and ensure qualified priority referrals of protected Veterans please contact your nearest workforce center.  The OESC website below provides a listing of workforce centers and contact information throughout the State.

As the law requires, federal contractors and subcontractors shall provide the following information simultaneously with their first job listing, and provide updates, as necessary, simultaneously with the next listing:  (1) VEVRAA Federal Contractor; (2) Priority referrals of protected veterans desired; (3) Name and location of each hiring location within the state; and (4) Contact information for the official responsible for hiring at the hiring location, and who can verify the information in the job listing.

We have employment services specialists across the state that put in job orders from different companies. Once your job order is posted, it is viewable and accessible state-wide to all job seekers. 

One of our employment service specialists’ main duties is to talk to employers about their open positions and how they might be posted on our job bank. All of our services are provided to both employers and job seekers at no cost.  Our goal is to inform employers, such as you, about what we do and the services we offer.

Some Employer Benefits:

  • Online job postings/resume searches
  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) information
  • On the Job Training (OJT) opportunities
  • Job Fairs and Hiring Events

Veterans' Preference gives eligible veterans preference in appointment over many other applicants. Veterans' preference applies to all new appointments in the competitive service and many in the excepted service. Veterans' preference does not guarantee veterans a job and it does not apply to internal agency actions such as promotions, transfers, reassignments and reinstatements.

Understanding how veterans' preference works can be a challenge. In accordance with title 5, United States Code, Section 2108 (5 USC 2108) veterans' preference eligibility can be based on dates of active duty service, receipt of a campaign badge, receipt of a Purple Heart, or a service-connected disability. Please know that not all active duty service may qualify for veterans' preference.

Only veterans discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions are eligible for veterans' preference. This means you must have been discharged under an honorable or general discharge. Under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, an individual who has reason to believe s/he will be entitled to veterans’ preference upon discharge may apply for a position in advance of the discharge, and receive consideration as a preference eligible, if the service member is able to provide a certification that s/he is expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date of the certification; the circumstances of the discharge are verified at the time of actual appointment.

If you are a "retired member of the armed forces" you are not included in the definition of preference eligible unless you are a disabled veteran OR you retired below the rank of major or its equivalent.

There are basically three types of preference eligibility, sole survivorship (0 point preference eligible), non-disabled (5 point preference eligible) and disabled (10 point preference eligible).

For more information, please visit FedsHireVets.gov/job-seekers/veterans-preference/

In establishing employment lists of eligible persons for competitive and noncompetitive appointment, certain preferences shall be allowed for veterans honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United State[74:840-4.14(A)].

  1. Five points shall be added to the final grade of any person who has passed the examination and has submitted proof of having status as a:
    A. veteran [74:840-4.14(A)(1)]; or
    B. surviving spouse (not remarried) of a veteran [74:840-4.14(A)(1)]; or
    C. spouse of a veteran who is unemployable due to a service-connected disability as certified by the Veterans Administration or agency of the Defense Department within six (6) months of the date of application [74:840-4.14(A)(2)].
  2. Ten points shall be added to the final grade of any war veteran as defined in Section 67.13a of  Title 72 of the Oklahoma Statutes who has passed the examination and has submitted proof of having a service-connected disability as certified by the Veterans Administration or Agency of the Defense Department within six (6) months of date of application [74:840-4.14(A)(3)].
  3.  In addition to the 10 points preference provided in (2) of this subsection, such eligible war veterans who are in receipt of benefits payable at the rate of 30% or more because of the service-connected disability, shall be considered Absolute Preference Veterans. Their names shall be placed at the top of the register, ranked in order of their examination scores. Absolute Preference Veterans shall not be denied employment and passed over for others without showing cause. [74:840-4.14(A)(3)]

Direct Hire Authority 530:10-9-111 and 10-9-112 [74:840-4.13(C)]. Applicants for LPN, RN, and Nurse Manager positions may apply directly to the veterans centers.

Special Disabled Veterans 530:10-9-100  Veterans with 30% or more service-connected disability may be hired directly at this agency, in accordance with the “Persons with Severe Disabilities Program”, [74:840-1.15] and Senate Bill 200. This program provides exemption from entrance exams and other hiring procedures. A one-year probationary period applies.

Noncompetitive Appointments 530:10-9-95  Appointing Authorities who have classes of positions of unskilled or semi-skilled labor, or similar classes designated by the Administrator as noncompetitive, may appoint qualified veterans or non-veterans in accordance with 530:10-9-71 and 530:10-9-92.