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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does Residency Requirements mean?

  2. How do I apply for a Civil Service exam?

  3. I am a Current City employee, who is looking for new opportunities, how do I apply for these advertised jobs?

  4. Does the City of New York pay for relocation expenses or pay for costs incurred for an interview?

  5. What are Civil Service Requirements, and are they really enforced?

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. If the job you are applying for requires residency within NYC that means that you must establish a residence within the five boroughs of NYC (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, or Staten Island). If you do not establish residency within ninety days, the Agency will rescind its employment offer to you.

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  3. Please follow the specific instructions provided in the job advertisement as, each agency may have specific instructions or requirements. When applying, we strongly suggest that you:

    • Submit a cover letter noting your current salary, perm and/or provisional Civil Service Title, and the specific job that you are applying for.

    • Submit a resume that includes your name, complete mailing address, phone numbers, and complete information about your employment experience(s).
      If you have an opportunity to submit your resume via email, please submit your resume and cover letter as a word attachment (NO ZIP Files, DAT Files, or Links to other sites). We also suggest that you insert your full name, Job Code sought, and the Words "City Candidate" in the Subject Header.

  4. No. The City of New York does not pay for relocation or expenses incurred for an interview.

  5. Each job in the City has a specific Civil Service Title, and all hiring is based on relevant experience as well as Civil Service Qualifications. Candidates seeking positions within the City of New York must be able to meet the Civil Service Requirements for that specific job. There are no exceptions to this rule.

The City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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