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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?
The Department of Human Resources is in the process of transitioning to online job applications.  The job posting will instruct you on how to apply to the position.  If it is a position that requires that you apply online, you will find the application by clicking on the URL link in the job posting. 

Or, you may visit the On-Line Job Application Portal at:
https://newhavenct.munisselfservice.com  and click on the Employment Opportunities button.

You may also review job postings by clicking here Review the current postings here.or by visiting our office location at:

The Department of Human Resources
200 Orange Street, Room 102
New Haven, CT 06510

  • 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. The application can be found by clicking this link.
  • Pay close attention to deadline dates of posted positions. 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 submission is evaluated separately based on the classification for which you are applying. It is, therefore, necessary to complete 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. Be sure to pay attention to application instructions. 
The Department of Human Resources is in the process of transitioning to online job applications.  If a “Non-Tested Position” requires an online application, the job posting will contain a link to the application that you can access by clicking on the URL link.

Applications for “Non-Tested Positions” are forwarded and reviewed by the department filling the vacancy.  All applicants will be notified by email 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.  Be sure to pay attention to application instructions. 
The Department of Human Resources is in the process of transitioning to online job applications.  If a “Tested Position” requires an online application, the job posting will contain a link to the application that you can access by clicking on the URL link. Your application will be reviewed to see if you meet the minimum requirements as stated in the job posting.  If you do not, you will be notified by email with the reason for disqualification and further instructions. If you do qualify, you will receive a notice of examination.

How do I take this test?
You will be notified by email 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 veteran’s preference points available for the exam you participate in.  Information, if applicable, will be included in your exam notice.

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 may be notified by email or regular USPS 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 in your result letter together with your final score.
  • The top three (3) ranks on the eligible list are then contacted by email by Human Resources with an Employment Opportunity Notice.  That notice contains instruction on who to contact for an interview.  Candidates who receive an Employment Opportunity Notice may decline an offer to interview twice, but are then removed from the Eligible List.  The same holds true for candidates who receive a job offer and decline.
  • Eligible Lists typically remain active for a period of at least one year, and are sometimes extended (in 3 month increments to a maximum of 2 yrs.) based on the operational needs of the hiring department. 
  • 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.

Please note that criminal background reviews are performed. The City of New Haven is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires the hiring of only American Citizens and aliens who are authorized to work in the United States.

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