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    The Application Process for Positions within the City of New Haven

    What jobs may I apply for?
    The City of New Haven accepts applications for positions which are currently posted and advertised.  Occasionally, jobs will be posted as a “Promotional Only” title. In that case, only current City of New Haven employees meeting minimum requirements or those on a Layoff Recall list may apply.

    How do I apply?
    Review the current postings HERE. You may also review the job postings on our bulletin board at
    The Department of Human Resources
    200 Orange Street, Room 102
    New Haven, CT 06510

    The Employment Application HERE may be downloaded and printed out.  It may be faxed to 203-946-7166, emailed to NHjobs@newhavenct.gov, or mailed to
    The Department of Human Resources
    200 Orange Street, Room 102
    New Haven, CT 06510

    Email submissions must include job title in subject line.

    You must fill out a City of New Haven application for each position for which you are interested in. You may also attach a resume if appropriate.

    Pay close attention to deadline dates of posted positions. The City of New Haven Department of Human Resources must receive your application by 5:00 on the deadline date, unless otherwise noted, in order to be considered further. Late applications cannot be accepted nor considered.

    Additionally, some positions have “Special Requirements” or require certain certifications.  Read the Requirements sections carefully.

    I want to apply for several of the jobs listed. Do I need to fill out a separate application for each job classification?
    Yes. Every application is evaluated separately based on the classification for which you are applying. It is, therefore, necessary to turn in a separate application for each job classification.

    What if the job I am interested in is not posted?
    The City of New Haven is only able to process applications for positions which are currently posted. Check back to our job listing page frequently.

    What does “non-tested” mean?
    Many positions are listed as “Non Tested Positions.”  These are vacancies which are filled from a pool of qualified candidates.  If you are interested in a “Non Tested Position”, complete and return the application before the deadline date. These applications are then forwarded and reviewed by the department filling the vacancy.  All applicants will be notified by mail of the status of their application.  The department filing the position may contact several qualified candidates for interview prior to making a selection for hire.

    What does “tested” mean?
    For positions listed as “Tested,” you must first complete and return an application before the deadline date.  Your application will be reviewed to see if you meet the minimum requirements as stated in the job description.  If you do not, you will be notified by mail with the reason for disqualification. If you do qualify, you will receive notice of examination.

    How do I take this test?
    You will be notified by mail how to proceed in the examination or testing process for the position which you have applied for. There are several different methods the City uses in the testing process. You may be given a written exam, an oral exam, a performance exam, a rating of your training and experience, or a combination of these.

    Information regarding the method of testing will be provided to you. There is usually no way to study for these exams, as they will test common knowledge as related to the specific job.  However, if there are study or preparation suggestions, you will be notified in your exam notice.

    Your exam notice also may contain special instructions for continuing in the process, or directions to test sites.  Be sure to read your exam notice very carefully.

    What does the phrase “General Funds” or “Special Funds” refer to?
    General Funded employees are employees paid on an ongoing basis by the operating budget of for the City of New Haven. Special Funded employees are paid by special grants that may be continued in funding at the discretion of the grant provider, or the grant may expire.

    Are there Residency or Veteran’s Preference Points available?
    There may be residency or veterans preference points available for the exam you participate in.  Information, if applicable, will be included in your exam notice. Note: currently for Veterans Preference Points, you must provide a copy of the DD-214 at appropriate stage of testing.

    I need special accommodation.
    Details on requesting special accommodation will be included in your test notice. Additional forms are available HERE

    What happens after the exam?
    After the exam process, the results are scored. These scores and subsequent ranking of scores are certified by the Civil Service Commission at their next available monthly meeting.

    After this certification, you will be notified by mail whether or not you have passed or failed the examination. If you have passed, your rank on the Civil Service Eligible List will be announced.

    The top three (3) ranks on the eligible list are then referred to the appointing authority.  Those candidates may then be contacted by certified mail for an interview for the position. Ranked candidates may decline an offer twice, but are then removed from the Eligible List.

    The Eligible List will remain active for a period of at least one year. 

    There are separate Eligible Lists for each tested position. If you wish to be considered for more than one position, you must apply and test for each position.

    If you have a change in address, it is your responsibility to notify the Department of Human Resources in writing of this change. You may submit THIS form. Address changes may NOT be made verbally and must be made in writing.

    Additional information is available from our Civil Service Rules HERE

    Please note that employment with the City of New Haven is contingent upon the successful completion of the following
    (1) a background check,
    (2) a pre-employment physical examination, including drug screening, and
    (3) a probationary period, the length of which is determined by the corresponding bargaining unit contract.

    Forms required throughout the process:

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