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For civil service jobs, think ahead


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It may not be hiring - at least not right away.


But in the world of civil service, you need to think months if not years ahead of time.


The first step to getting a spot on a civil service list is to file an application to take a test.


The Department of Citywide Administrative Services recently released its updated "Exams for Jobs" book that features a schedule for the next 12 months.


It outlines exams for new hires as well as promotional tests for current employees, details of how to apply online and through the mail, as well as directions to the city's two Computerized Testing Centers.


Remember, placement on a civil service list does not guarantee a city job. But it means you will be in a better position when an agency has vacancies to fill.


"We're expanding our offerings at our walk-in centers to make it easier than ever to take a civil service test," said DCAS spokesman Mark Daly.


"We have a broad range of jobs to fill," said Daly. "In our testing schedule, we think there is going to be something for everyone - from college students to skilled tradesworkers."


Daly also pointed out that the city is holding a series of clerical job exams as part of its ongoing effort to reduce the number of provisional employees in its workforce.


For the first time in several years, there will be a test for Police Administrative Aide (PAA) and Research Assistant.


Those tests will be popular because they are open to people with relatively little work experience.


PAAs must have a high school diploma or equivalent along with one year of clerical experience, 30 college credits or two years of military service.


Research Assistants must have a bachelor's degree and six months of research experience.

In addition, school safety agent applicants are only required to have a high school diploma or its equivalent.


There are other titles that require more experience, such as Emergency Medical Specialist - Paramedic, Administrative Accountant and Assistant Engineer.


And there are some interesting and unusual titles ones on the list including Bridge Painter, Marine Oiler and Space Analyst.


Copies can be downloaded from the DCAS website (http://www.nyc.gov/dcas) or picked up at two locations: 2 Lafayette St., Manhattan and 210 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.


Golf benefit for families fighting cancer


The Lt. Thomas F. Healy Foundation seventh annual golf outing will be held on Monday at the Links at Cherry Creek in Riverhead, L.I.


Registration starts at 11 a.m. followed by lunch and a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

The foundation provides support for members of the Fire Department who have family members battling cancer. About $20,000 in donations has been distributed to more than 25 members of the FDNY and their families.


Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/bronx/2010/08/04/2010-08-04_for_civil_service_jobs_think_ahead.html#ixzz0vpw2qw2E

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