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Ready to Work for the City

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The City is always looking for new talent and perspectives.

Visit NYC Jobs to search for and apply for current job openings and to learn more about working for the City.

What to know before you apply

Most City jobs require applicants to take a competitive exam. Taking an exam is a multi-step process, but once you complete it and pass, you become eligible to work with the City of New York. You can apply for an exam on any computer with internet access or at one of our testing centers in each of the five boroughs.

There are exceptions to this process, but they typically require an immediate need or a specialized skill.

Visit our Office of Citywide Recruitment page to learn about upcoming recruitment events where you can speak to someone about the many opportunities available in City government and the City’s hiring process.

For applicants with a disability

In New York State the 55-a Program allows for a qualified candidate, with a certified mental or physical disability, to be into a competitive civil service position without having to take an exam.

For applicants with a criminal record

The Fair Chance Act prohibits employers, including City agencies, from inquiring or making a statement about an employment applicant's record of arrests and criminal convictions until after the employer has extended a conditional offer of employment to the applicant.

The City is an equal opportunity employer.

For applicants who are military Veterans or active service members

In New York City, eligible and qualified United States Armed Services Veterans can:

  • Get application fees waived for civil service examinations for an appointment or promotion to a position with the City of New York. Fee waivers may be used an unlimited number of times, and on all exams. Learn more about waivers in the OASys FAQ
  • Apply to receive Veterans’ or Disabled Veterans’ Preference credits when applying to take a City civil service exam, which can be added to the final score of a test taker who achieves a passing score on civil service examinations. Learn more in our Special Services Guide

For more resources for Veterans, including a government benefits list, visit the NYC Department of Veterans Services website.

For active service members, if you missed a civil service examination, part of a civil service examination, or an opportunity for appointment while performing qualifying military service, you may request a make-up test within 60 days of being restored to your City position for a promotional exam, or within 90 days after the termination of military service (for an open-competitive exam). Learn more about this and special military lists in the FAQ for Persons Who Have Missed a Civil Service Examination or Opportunity for Appointment Due to Military Service.

Pre-Employment Testing

Pre-employment Testing for Tetrahydrocannabinols or Marijuana - Local Law 91 of 2019.

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