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What is Civil Service?

Civil Service is the employment system that establishes entrance, promotions, and other aspects of employment. Civil Service rules incorporate laws against employment discrimination.

From: Civil Service Commission Last updated: Jun 20 2008 8:00AM
Category: Employment Q294

How do I enter Civil Service?

First you must pass a test. Tests are given by the Civil Service Commission of the City of Cleveland for jobs where the City expects openings. Persons who pass a test are ranked in order of their score and are referred for interviews by that order.

From: Civil Service Commission Last updated: Jun 20 2008 8:00AM
Category: Employment Q295

Who is eligible to take a Civil Service test?

Anyone who meets the qualifications can take a test, and the tests vary from job to job. The qualifications are stated on announcements published for each job.

From: Civil Service Commission Last updated: Jun 20 2008 8:00AM
Category: Employment Q296

I have taken a Civil Service test. Are there additional requirements that I must meet?

If you pass a Civil Service test and rank high enough for an interview you must:

  • Be able to prove your identity and show a valid "green card" if applicable
  • Meet other requirements such as licenses or certifications, if required for the position
The City of Cleveland is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual preference, religion, age, veteran's status, or disability.

From: Civil Service Commission Last updated: Jun 20 2008 8:00AM
Category: Employment Q297

How do I know which Civil Service tests are coming up?

Weekly bulletins announcing open tests are available online here, distributed to City departments, and posted at the Civil Service Office at Cleveland City Hall. Announcements are also available at local libraries in Cleveland and at many community centers and organizations.

From: Civil Service Commission Last updated: Jun 20 2008 8:00AM
Category: Employment Q298

How do I apply for Civil Service tests?

Once you have identified a test you want to apply for, you can pick up an application at the Civil Service Commission. Or you can download the application where a posting is available. Also:

  • You can only apply for examinations when they are open, not before and not after
  • You must file by 5 pm on the closing date of the announcement
  • You must file separately for separate jobs
  • You must include your address and social security number
  • There is a $10 filing fee for processing each application
  • Applications must be notarized
  • You must meet the minimum qualifications stated on the announcement

From: Civil Service Commission Last updated: Jun 20 2008 8:00AM
Category: Employment Q299

How do I know if I'm eligible for a job with the City of Cleveland, and when do I get to take the Civil Service exam?

Civil Commission will review the applications, decide eligibility, and inform candidates about two weeks in advance of the test. If your eligibility is not approved, you will be informed by mail. This period may be lengthy but you will always be notified of the results, usually by mail. The City of Cleveland is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual preference, religion, age, veteran's status, or disability.

From: Civil Service Commission Last updated: Jun 20 2008 8:00AM
Category: Employment Q300

What types of tests are given by Civil Service Commission?

Each individual announcement states the type of test you will have to take for that position. For most positions the examinations are multiple choice, job simulations, or oral exams. Occasionally the test is a review of your education and experience.

From: Civil Service Commission Last updated: Jun 20 2008 8:00AM
Category: Employment Q301

Once I get on the Civil Service list, how long am I eligible for a job?

Eligibility lists last two years. You may remain on the list as a potential job candidate for that long starting from the date the Commission establishes the list.

From: Civil Service Commission Last updated: Jun 20 2008 8:00AM
Category: Employment Q302

Are there special rules for Veterans during the Civil Service evaluation?

Veterans receive five additional points added to their score.

From: Civil Service Commission Last updated: Jun 20 2008 8:00AM
Category: Employment Q303

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