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How to apply for a job, requirements, FAQs and other employment details.

How to Apply

​We are so excited that you are considering the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an employer! Let’s get started. 

First, there are two types of service within the commonwealth: civil service and non-civil service. Second, you’ll notice that we have two different types of postings on our website. They are:

  • Vacancy postings 
  • Exam postings (in-person and online)

Vacancy Postings

The vacancy postings apply to all of our non-civil service jobs and most of our civil service covered jobs.

We talk more about this process here:Applying to a vacancy

Exam Postings

Some civil service covered jobs require you to complete an exam, either online or in-person, before you can apply to a vacancy. The exam postings are listed as “Civil Service Written/Online Exam for Future Vacancies” on our website. Have questions? No problem!

We'll walk you through the process here: Applying to an exam

Residency

A job posting will state if residency is required. Most civil service positions require the applicant to be a Pennsylvania resident or a former resident who meets certain requirements. There is no residency requirement for non-civil service jobs.

General Residency Criteria

In most cases, you are considered a Pennsylvania resident for the purposes of applying for civil service positions if you are:

  • Renting, leasing, or owning property in Pennsylvania which you use as your primary residence


  • Paying Pennsylvania state and local taxes
 


  • Having registered personal property such as bank accounts, stocks, bonds, and an automobile in Pennsylvania


  • Possessing a current Pennsylvania driver’s license


  • Being registered to vote in Pennsylvania

    

You do not have to meet all of these criteria to be considered a resident.

Former Residents

You can also meet the requirements of Pennsylvania residency for civil service positions if you relocated out of state for educational or employment purposes, will establish residency as defined in the preceding paragraph within six months of beginning employment, and:

  • You graduated from a secondary school in Pennsylvania or you completed home education requirements under Pennsylvania law within five years of application, or
 

  • You attended a school in Pennsylvania at least 80% of the time while enrolled in grades one through 12 and attended such school within five years of application, or


  • You graduated from or attended a secondary school (grades 7 through 12) in Pennsylvania or you completed home education requirements under Pennsylvania law and graduated from a post-secondary institution in Pennsylvania within five years of application

    

College Students and Armed Forces

As a current student at a college, university, or technical school or as a member of the armed forces, you meet the requirements of Pennsylvania residency if you are:

  • A student outside of Pennsylvania, were a resident of Pennsylvania prior to your current enrollment, and have a Pennsylvania mailing address, or
 


  • A student from another state who is currently residing at and enrolled in a Pennsylvania college, university, or technical school, and have a Pennsylvania mailing address, or


  • An active duty member of the armed forces, were a Pennsylvania resident immediately prior to your enlistment, and are scheduled to be discharged in 90 days, or
 


  • An active duty member of the armed forces residing in Pennsylvania during your current enlistment, and are scheduled to be discharged within 90 days.

Questions

If you have questions about whether you qualify as a Pennsylvania resident to apply for most civil service positions, please contact  717.787.7811 or submit a request online.

Veterans’ Preference

All qualifying veterans are entitled to hiring preference when they apply for jobs. The job posting will indicate whether the position is civil service or non-civil service, which will determine how veterans’ preference is applied.

Learn more about:

Who is Eligible

To qualify for veterans’ preference, an applicant must meet the definition of a “soldier” in Pennsylvania Military Code, 51 Pa .C.S § 7101.  Individuals in any of the following categories are considered veterans for purposes of veterans’ preference: 

  1. Individuals who have served in the armed forces of the United States, completed basic training, served during any war or armed conflict, including National Guard or Reserves serving on active duty for other than training, and were released from such active duty under honorable conditions; or

  2.  Individuals who have served in the armed forces of the United States, including the National Guard and Reserves since July 27, 1953 or otherwise completed certain military commitments prior to July 27, 1953, and completed basic training, completed their initial military service obligation, and received a discharge under honorable conditions; or

  3. Individuals in the National Guard or Reserves who have completed basic training, completed their initial military service obligation, and continue to serve.

The same preferential rating given under these provisions shall be transferred to include the spouses of deceased or disabled soldiers in accordance with Pennsylvania Military Code, 51 Pa .C.S § 7108. Widows or widowers of veterans who remarry and divorced spouses of disable veterans are not eligible.

Veterans’ Preference for Civil Service Positions

Qualifying veterans will receive preference for employment consideration in the form of 10 additional points added to their civil service examination score.

Additional benefits of civil service veterans preference include:

  • Applicants entitled to veterans' preference who are among the top candidates have mandatory preference in appointment over non-veterans.

  • Applicants entitled to veterans' preference on a civil service list may be appointed regardless of their rank on the list.

Non-Civil Service Veterans’ Preference for Non-Civil Service Positions

  • Qualifying veterans who apply to non-civil service positions will be interviewed if they meet the minimum experience and training requirements and possess the desired skills and experience.

  • After the interview, if the hiring manager determines that the veteran has the experience, training, education, skills, certifications, and other attributes required to perform successfully in the position, the veteran candidate MUST be given a conditional offer of employment.

Required Documentation

These documents need to be submitted to establish your claim and create your record.

Originals should NOT be submitted as documents cannot be returned. You may be required to present originals if copies are unreadable or if needed to prove authenticity.

  • Veterans - A photocopy of service discharge, DD Form 214 or other military document(s) showing date of entry, successful completion of basic training, character of service and completion of the military service commitment.

  • Widows and Widowers - A photocopy of your spouse's service discharge DD Form 214 or other military document(s) showing date of entry, successful completion of basic training, completion of the military service commitment, character of service and a certified copy (not a photocopy) of the death certificate of spouse.

  • Spouses of Disabled Veterans - A photocopy of spouse's service discharge, DD Form 214 or other military document(s) showing date of entry, successful completion of basic training, completion of the military service commitment, character of service, a Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated within the past six months verifying that the veteran is receiving compensation for a service connected disability and a signed statement from the disabled veteran showing social security number and agreeing to transfer credit to spouse.

Obtaining Copies of Records

If you need to obtain copies of your military record:

General Services Administration
National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
Website: http://vetrecs.archives.gov
Phone: 866.272.6272

The US Department of Veterans Affairs eBenefits site enables veterans to download various letters to use for verification purposes. 

If you were discharged after 1994 and have registered your documents with the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs:

Veterans Service Officer
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Building P-0-47
Fort Indiantown Gap
Annville, PA 17003-5002
Phone: 717.861.8910 or 1-800-547-2838

Additional Details

If you take a civil service examination BEFORE being honorably discharged from your military service commitment, you will not have 10 points added to your test score. However, upon completing your commitment and being honorably discharged, you will immediately become eligible for preference as a veteran. If you retest or take other examinations successfully, you will receive both the ten additional points and preference.

Questions

If you have questions about specific eligibility periods, documents necessary to establish veterans' preference or other related questions, contact:

Veterans' Preference
Office of Administration
513 Finance Building
613 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Email: ra-cs-vetpreference@pa.gov
Phone: 717.783.6655
Fax: 717.265.7327
Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS): 711 (hearing or speech impaired)

​Test Centers

Some civil service positions require an applicant to take an exam at a test center.

Locations

You can view directions, parking, office hours, walk-in testing and other details for each test center:

Exam Scheduling/Rescheduling

If you cannot report for testing on the date you are scheduled, you may reschedule through online scheduling site.  

Mobile Device Policy

Please note that the use of mobile devices is not permitted inside test rooms and will result in disqualification of test results.

Walk-In Testing

If someone else does not show up for an exam, you may be able to test as a walk-in candidate. 

Testing Accommodations

The commonwealth realizes that some applicants with disabilities may require testing accommodations to enable them to perform to their full potential on the examination. 

If you anticipate the need for a testing accommodation, you must complete a "Testing Accommodation Certification" form. This form will be reviewed each time you submit an application. 

This form can also be requested by calling (717) 787-2935. All information you provide is confidentially maintained.

A variety of federal, state, and local agencies provide rehabilitation, advocacy, and referral services to individuals with disabilities, including the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).

To find out more about services provided by OVR, you may visit the website for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry at http://www.dli.pa.gov and click on the section for "Individuals" and then click on "Disability Services," or telephone 1-800-442-6351. 

Pennsylvania is proud to be an equal opportunity employer supporting workforce diversity.

  1. What is the difference between a civil service and a non-civil service position?  

  2. What is Job Alert? How do I sign up to receive them? 

  3. When completing an application for a job posting, what should I remember? 

  4. Why do I need to get my foreign education credentials evaluated and what organizations provide this service? 

  5. What are the different types of job postings and associated hiring processes for jobs? 

  6. If I previously applied for civil service examinations at the State Civil Service Commission's website at www.scsc.pa.gov, may I continue to use the same account credentials when applying at www.employment.pa.gov? 

  7. I plan to apply for a job title that requires an examination at a test center. How do I schedule my examination?

  8. How do I obtain my examination scheduling log-on credentials if I have forgotten my password?

  9. How do I update the information stored in my Employment.pa.gov account profile?

  10. How do I obtain my Employment.pa.gov log-on credentials if I have forgotten my Username and Password?

  11. How can I check my examination scores for job postings for which I have applied?

  12. Will I be able to find out my ranking on a civil service list?

  13. What assistance is available for individuals with disabilities?

  14. Where can I take an examination that must be completed at a test center?

  15. How soon can I take a test after I submit my application for an examination?

  16. Are examinations offered on a walk-in basis?

  17. How can I prepare for an examination?

  18. How is a proctered examination at a test center administered?

  19. What should I bring to the test center?

  20. What should I not bring to the test center?

  21. How do I cancel or reschedule my examination?

  22. Can I retake a civil service examination?

  23. How long does it take to receive my examination results?

  24. What can job seekers do if they believe they were made ineligible in error?

  25. What can job seekers do if they believe an examination score is incorrect?

  26. Is Pennsylvania residency required for employment?

  27. Is the possession of a criminal conviction a bar to civil service employment?

  28. Do veterans receive hiring preference?

  29. Do individuals aged 60 and over receive employment preference?

  30. Is employment or promotional preference given to job seekers in certain geographic locations in which jobs are located?

  31. What happens after I am conditionally offered employment?

  32. Can I be reinstated to a civil service position?

  33. Can I transfer between agencies in the merit system?

General Questions  

What is the difference between a civil service and a non-civil service position?

Approximately 70% of state government jobs are covered by the civil service merit system. Many local government jobs are also civil service.  A primary difference between civil service and non-civil service is that to compete for a non-civil service position, job seekers are not required to take an examination. For civil service positions, initial entry into a civil service covered job requires appointment through a competitive examination process. Examinations may be administered at an examination center or completed online. While the processes may be different, both types of employment at the state level are subject to the same salary structures, as well as the same employee benefits and retirement package, when applicable. Each local government agency has its own pay, benefits, and retirement package.

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What is Job Alert? How do I sign up to receive them?

A Job Alert is a convenient way for job seekers to learn of new vacancies. Subscribers are notified by email each time a new job opportunity is posted in their selected categories.

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When completing an application for a job posting, what should I remember?

Since job seekers will only be considered if they meet the minimum experience and training requirements, it is important to carefully review the requirements listed on the posting before submitting an application. If you believe you qualify, describe your experience and training as accurately and completely as possible.  Include paid employment, volunteer work, dates of employment and all course work completed.

Be sure to provide all required documentation, such as college transcripts where applicable. If you are relying on education acquired outside of the United States to qualify, you will need to provide documentation prepared by a professional foreign credentials evaluation organization.

Pay close attention to the application instructions included on the posting and be sure to apply by the closing date on the posting, if there is one.

Make sure to review your application before you submit it. You will be unable to revise your application once it has been submitted.

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Why do I need to get my foreign education credentials evaluated and what organizations provide this service?

If you are relying on education acquired outside of the United States (U.S.) to qualify, we are unable to determine if your education is equivalent to that obtained in an accredited U.S. university or college. We rely on documentation prepared by professional foreign credentials evaluation organizations after they have reviewed your credentials against U.S. accrediting standards. A list of professional credentialing organizations that provide these services can be found on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website, at www.naces.org. Click on the "How to Find a Member" tab.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not endorse or regulate services performed by these or any other organizations. It may also be beneficial for you to obtain a course-by-course evaluation breakdown, as certain job titles require specific coursework.

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What are the different types of job postings and associated hiring processes for jobs?

Each job posting describes the hiring process used to fill the position. While some jobs require you to take an examination at a test center, the majority only require job seekers to complete the application and answer job-related questions online.

The most common civil service postings are in the following categories:

Current Vacancy Postings – There are different processes for current vacancy postings. 

  1. The job seeker submits an application and schedules an appointment to complete an exam at a test center. Job seekers who receive a passing score on the examination can then submit applications to specific positions as they become available.

  2. The job seeker submits an application that includes supplemental questions related to the vacancy. The supplemental questions are the examination. Job seekers who receive a passing score on the examination can then submit applications to specific positions as they become available.

  3. The job seeker submits an application that includes supplemental questions related to the vacancy. The supplemental questions are the examination. The job seekers with the highest scores are referred to hiring managers for interviews.

For these postings, the questions are based on the most important job duties and the answers are scored for job seekers who meet the minimum requirements. Since questions may vary based on specific duties, job seekers may receive different examination results when they apply for multiple vacancies with the same job title. For example, the job duties of a Clerk Typist may differ from the job duties of Clerk Typist in another department, which means the online questions for each vacancy could vary, resulting in different test scores.

Test Center Examination for Future Vacancies – This type of posting requires job seekers to submit an application and complete an examination at a test center. Job seekers who meet the minimum requirements for the job title and receive a passing examination score can apply to vacancies as they become available. You can check the job listings periodically and subscribe to Job Alerts to monitor for vacancies.

The examination score attained by the job seeker will be used for all individual positions for which they apply. Job seekers with the highest scores who apply to the openings are referred to the hiring managers for interviews.

Online Examination for Future Vacancies - This type of posting requires job seekers to submit an application for the job title but instead of taking an exam at a test center, the job seekers answer job related questions as part of the application process. Job related questions are scored for job seekers who meet the minimum requirements. Job seekers with passing examination scores can apply to vacancies as they become available. You can check the job listings periodically and subscribe to Job Alerts to monitor for vacancies. . The examination score attained by the job seeker will be used for all individual positions for which the job seeker applies. Job seekers with the highest scores who apply to the openings are referred to the hiring managers for interviews.

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If I previously applied for civil service examinations at the State Civil Service Commission's website at www.scsc.pa.gov, may I continue to use the same account credentials when applying at www.employment.pa.gov?

Job seekers are required to have an account on www.employment.pa.gov. If you previously applied for a non-civil service job at this website, you can use the same account to apply for civil service jobs.  If not, after you create your account on www.employment.pa.gov, you will use that account to apply for all civil service and non-civil service postings.

Please note:  Your email address is used to identify your account on www.employment.pa.gov. It is critically important for job seekers to remember the email address used to establish their account. You should continue to use the same email address when submitting applications for additional jobs. If you need help accessing your account, you may call 855.524.5627 for assistance.

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I plan to apply for a job title that requires an examination at a test center. How do I schedule my examination?

After you submit your application at www.employment.pa.gov, you will receive an email that provides instructions on how to establish a new account for the examination scheduling system.  After establishing a new account, job seekers are able to schedule for any available examinations.

Please note:  The email address used when submitting your application at www.employment.pa.gov will be needed when signing into your account on the exam scheduling system.

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How do I obtain my examination scheduling log-on credentials if I have forgotten my password?

You may reset your password for examination scheduling by going to the exam scheduling system, entering your email address and selecting "Forgot Password?" You will be prompted to enter your first initial, last name and address line 1 as you did when you initially set up your Online Services account. A verification email will be sent to you with a code to reset your password.

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How do I update the information stored in my Employment.pa.gov account profile?

To update your account profile, sign in to the www.employment.pa.gov website and click on your name in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. From the dropdown, select "Profile." Job seekers may update the information previously submitted to the profile such as contact information, personal information, work experience, education, etc.

Please note:  While you are able to update your Employment.pa.gov applicant profile information at any time, you will be unable to revise a specific application after it has been submitted.

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How do I obtain my Employment.pa.gov log-on credentials if I have forgotten my Username and Password?

Job seekers may go to the www.employment.pa.gov website and click on the "Open Jobs" box and then click on "Continue to Open Jobs." This will open a page that contains the listing of currently available employment opportunities. On that page, click on "Sign In" located in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. In the Sign In box that opens, click on "Forgot Username?" or "Reset Password;" whichever is appropriate.  You can also call 855.524.5627 for assistance.

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Civil Service Examination Questions

How can I check my examination scores for job postings for which I have applied?

You can access all of the email notifications you have received regarding specific postings you applied for by signing in to your www.employment.pa.gov account and viewing the messages in your Inbox.

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Will I be able to find out my ranking on a civil service list?

Employment "rank on lists" will no longer be reported in the Commonwealth's new employment application system.  Rankings will vary by job postings.

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What assistance is available for individuals with disabilities?

Reasonable examination accommodations will be made for job seekers with disabilities who are applying for a job title that requires an examination at a test center. If you have a disability that requires an accommodation, you should complete a "Request for Testing Accommodation" form at the time of application. You should return the completed, signed form via email to RA-cs-TestAdmin@pa.gov or fax to (717) 783-3057.  Office of Administration staff will work with you to schedule a convenient examination date and time at a test center. For more information about examination accommodations or to learn of other services, please review the Test Centers information on this website, under Additional Information.

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Where can I take an examination that must be completed at a test center?

The "Examination Information" section of the examination postings include links to information about test center locations including directions to each facility. Examinations are administered in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh test centers on most weekdays.

Examinations are also administered in Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton. At these sites, examinations occur approximately 10 days each month. Examination dates at these locations are generally on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, including some evenings, and select Saturdays.

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How soon can I take a test after I submit my application for an examination?

Once you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation. At that time, you may go to the examination scheduling system to select an available examination location, date, and time that fits your schedule.

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Are examinations offered on a walk-in basis?

Walk-in examination is an option on most testing days on a first-come, first served basis based on available seating. Available seating occurs when a job seeker scheduled for examination does not arrive or when a job seeker completes their examination early. More information is available on our "Walk-in Testing" page.

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How can I prepare for an examination?

The Office of Administration does not maintain or provide study guides for specific examinations, nor do we recommend the purchase of any study materials. The best method of preparing is to carefully read the job posting, particularly the "Examination Information" section, and seek out any relevant sources of information on the topics described.

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How is a proctered examination at a test center administered?

The examination is taken at a workstation equipped with a computer, mouse, keyboard, and headphones. On-screen instructions guide you through the examination process. Examination questions appear on the screen and only one question appears at a time. You select answers by pointing and clicking with the mouse or by typing answers in text boxes.

In cases where a calculator, audio, video, graphics, and/or reference documents are associated with the examination, you access them by clicking on buttons displayed on the screen. The amount of time you have to complete the examination is constantly displayed in a window on the computer screen. A proctor supervises the examination room and is available to provide necessary assistance if you experience any technical or other issues.

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What should I bring to the test center?

You must bring one form of identification that contains both your signature and a recent photograph, such as a driver's license or a non-driver's photo identification card. You will not be permitted to take an examination without proper identification.

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What should I not bring to the test center?

Since use of wireless communication devices (smart phones, tablets, etc.) are strictly prohibited, you are strongly encouraged not to bring any devices. Calculators are also prohibited.

Do not bring originals of official documents such as DD214 forms (documentation for veterans preference) and college transcripts. 

Do not bring food or beverages.

Do not bring unattended, minor children.

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How do I cancel or reschedule my examination?

You may cancel or reschedule your examination by signing in to the examination scheduling system or by contacting one of the following phone numbers:

Office​Phone Number
​Harrisburg​717.783.3058
​Philadelphia​215.560.2255
​Pittsburgh​412.565.7666
​All Other Examination Centers​717.787.2935


Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) for hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals:  711 

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Can I retake a civil service examination?

Information about retesting appears on the job posting under the "Examination Information" section. If a retest is permitted, you must submit a new application in order to be retested. Your most recent examination score results will be the only score considered.

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How long does it take to receive my examination results?

Normally, you should receive your "Notice of Examination Results" via email within 15 business days from the date of your examination or from the time your application is received. When a new examination is announced, it may take additional time to establish a new list of eligible job seekers. In these cases, you will receive your examination results via email as soon as possible.

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What can job seekers do if they believe they were made ineligible in error?

The "Notice of Examination Results" sent via email to job seekers who are made ineligible provides specific instructions on how to challenge the result decision.

These directions specify that eligibility challenges must be submitted in writing and are only accepted via email to ra-cs-challenges@pa.gov. Job seeker responses must include the job seeker's name, email address, the job title, and a detailed explanation of the basis of the challenge. Responses must be received no later than 20 calendar days after the date of the Notice of Examination Results, or they will be rejected as untimely.

Please note:  The referral, interview, and selection processes will not cease pending the resolution of submitted challenges, so job seekers who wish to challenge are encouraged to do so as soon as possible within the 20-day challenge period.

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What can job seekers do if they believe an examination score is incorrect?

Job seekers who believe an error was made in determining a score may request a review no later than 20 calendar days after the date of the Notice of Examination Results. Requests for reviews are only accepted via email to ra-cs-challenges@pa.gov and must include the applicant's name, email address, and the job title.

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Hiring Questions

Is Pennsylvania residency required for employment?

Most civil service jobs require job seekers to be a Pennsylvania resident or a former resident who meets certain requirements. To view the requirements, please visit the Residency page of the website. To determine if Pennsylvania residency is required for a particular job, please refer to the Required Experience, Training and Eligibility section of the job posting.

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Is the possession of a criminal conviction a bar to civil service employment?

Positions responsible for the safeguarding or security of people or property, law enforcement, or those involving contact with vulnerable populations will be asked about criminal history on the job application.

For other positions, Pennsylvania has a "fair chance" hiring policy. This means that most applications for employment do not include questions about criminal history.

For all positions, agencies may inquire about criminal history after the initial interview has been conducted and a criminal history check will be conducted prior to making a job offer.

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Do veterans receive hiring preference?

Yes. Job seekers who pass civil service examinations receive additional benefits in recognition of their military service. These benefits are commonly referred to as veterans' preference. The authority for veterans' preference in Pennsylvania government is contained in The Military Affairs Code of August 1, 1975 (P.L. 233, No. 92), as amended.

Note:  Veterans' preference does not apply to promotions.

More information about Veterans Preference can be found on this website under Additional Information.

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Do individuals aged 60 and over receive employment preference?

Employment preference will be granted to job seekers aged 60 and over for jobs in the Department of Aging and Area Agencies on Aging. Job seekers may refer to the job posting to determine if this employment preference applies.

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Is employment or promotional preference given to job seekers in certain geographic locations in which jobs are located?

For some agencies (such as, but not limited to, local government agencies), employment preference may be given to residents of the county, region, and/or district in which the job is located. Also, promotional preference may be given to employees who work in the county, region, and/or district where job openings occur. Refer to the job posting to determine if preference applies.

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What happens after I am conditionally offered employment?

If you are interviewed and selected for a job, the hiring agency will verify the experience and training used to qualify you for the job title, conduct other necessary background reviews, and then establish a start date.

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Can I be reinstated to a civil service position?

Yes. If you left civil service employment with regular status and in good standing, you may request to be reinstated to a job title equal to or lower than any civil service covered job you previously held with regular status, provided you are qualified for the job.

If you are a former civil service employee who is interested in reinstatement, it is your responsibility to pursue reinstatement. To determine job opportunities that are available for reinstatement job seekers, please visit the "Open Jobs" section of www.employment.pa.gov. Click on the Menu located in the upper left corner and select Commonwealth of Pennsylvania internal job postings. After finding a job of interest, please review the "Recruitment Methods" section of the posting to determine if the agency is accepting applications for reinstatement. Agencies may consider your request for reinstatement, but they are not required to do so. When filling vacancies, agencies have several options from which to choose including eligible lists from the examination process, transfers, promotions, demotions, reassignments, and reinstatements.

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Can I transfer between agencies in the merit system?

A transfer may occur between state agencies, between local government agencies that have a contract with the Office of Administration for merit system coverage, or between state agencies and local government agencies that have a contract with the Office of Administration for merit system coverage.

If you are currently a civil service employee with regular or probationary status, you may transfer/reassign to job titles having the same or lower maximum salary rate as the job you currently hold. You must meet minimum experience and training requirements for the job for which you are seeking transfer/reassignment.

It is your responsibility to seek transfer/reassignment opportunities. Please visit the "Open Jobs" section of www.employment.pa.gov. Click on the Menu located in the upper left corner and select Commonwealth of Pennsylvania internal job postings.  After finding a job of interest, please review the "Recruitment Methods" section of the posting to determine if the agency is considering applications from transfer/reassignment applicants. When filling vacancies, agencies have several options from which to choose including eligible lists from the examination process, transfers, promotions, demotions, reassignments and reinstatements.

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​Other Information 

Foreign Education Credentials

If you are relying on education acquired outside of the United States (U.S.) to qualify, we are unable to determine if your education is equivalent to that obtained in an accredited U.S. university or college. We rely on documentation prepared by professional foreign credentials evaluation organizations after they have reviewed your credentials against U.S. accrediting standards. A list of professional credentialing organizations that provide these services can be found on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website, at www.naces.org. Click on the "How to Find a Member" tab.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not endorse or regulate services performed by these or any other organizations. It may also be beneficial for you to obtain a course-by-course evaluation breakdown, as certain job titles require specific coursework.

If you have already obtained a foreign credential evaluation, be sure to upload any relevant documentation to the attachments section of your application.  If you have education obtained outside of the U.S. and have not obtained your foreign credential evaluation, you should consider obtaining your evaluation prior to applying for a position with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Having your documentation available at the time of application will help ensure you do not miss out on job opportunities.  

Reinstatement

Former employees who held regular civil service status may be reinstated to a civil service position. 

Anyone who left civil service employment in good standing may be reinstated to a position in the same job title held at the time of resignation, or another job title at the same or lower pay grade, provided the individual is qualified for the position.

Reinstatement may be to any state agency or any county, city or other Pennsylvania political subdivision which has a contract with the Office of Administration for merit system coverage.

If you are a former civil service employee who is interested in reinstatement, you should review the jobs posted on this website for potential reinstatement opportunities.

If you have any questions concerning reinstatement, please contact 717.787.7811 or submit a request online

 

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