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The New York State Constitution requires that public employees must be hired for jobs based on merit and fitness.  While most county jobs require you to take an exam to determine your fitness and merit, there are some positions for which an exam is not practical. These positions are called non-competitive positions. Usually these positions require a specific professional license or other special qualifications. 

Apply for an Open Position

When you apply for a non-competitive job at Schenectady County you complete the Civil Service Application, you don't submit your resume and cover letter.

Before completing the application, review the job description and verify that you meet the minimum requirements, including a residency requirement.  Be sure to complete the entire application and fully answer all questions. Incomplete applications are not submitted. A resume, if submitted, cannot replace information on the Civil Service Application.

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Pay close attention to the job description and make sure you meet all the minimum requirements. Your Civil Service Application must show that you are the best candidate for the open position. While your resume may help you complete the application, the Civil Service Application may ask for more details that may not be on your resume.  Make your application stand out by fully answering each question. 

Prepare for an Interview

After you submit your Civil Service Application, the Schenectady County Civil Service Office will review your application to ensure that you meet the minimum requirements outlined in the job description. If you meet these requirements, your application will be forwarded to the department and you may be invited to interview for the job. 

How to Prepare for an Interview
  • Review the job description carefully.
  • You can demonstrate your qualifications for the job by using examples from your career.
  • Research the department and the programs and services it delivers. 
  • Prepare a list of thoughtful questions to ask at your interview.
  • Conduct mock interviews with friends and family.