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Application Process

The City of Hartford recruits and selects employees on the basis of merit. A position with the City of Hartford is an interesting and rewarding way to serve the community.

Opportunities for employment occur when new jobs are created, or when existing positions become vacant. An official application must be completed in its entirety for each position for which you are applying, including filling out all blanks carefully and thoroughly ("See Resume" is not accepted). All of your qualifications, education and experience must be indicated on your application in order to be given proper consideration. Once completed, the application should be submitted to the Department of Human Resources with any additional required documents attached. Other positions are filled through the promotional process. Once you become a City of Hartford employee, these opportunities for advancement are available through the promotional process.

When May I Apply?

You may apply for any position being advertised as an open competitive examination. We are now accepting applications online! However, paper applications may be obtained here or in the Department of Human Resources, Hartford City Hall, Ground Floor, Room 3, or on the Human Resources website. Applications are only accepted for positions that are posted and advertised. If you are interested in a position that is not posted, you may complete and submit to Human Resources an interest card for that position online or in person. When the position becomes available, you will be mailed an application and the job announcement. Applications are accepted until the closing date listed on the job announcement.


How Do I Apply?

Employment Applications may be completed online. Paper employment applications maybe downloaded. The completed job application must be printed, signed and mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of Human Resources by the closing date specified.

Affirmative Action Data - Submission of this data is voluntary but we request your cooperation in providing this data to assist us with our affirmative action and recruitment efforts.

Residency Affidavit - If the position for which you are applying provides preference points for Hartford residency or requires you to be a Hartford resident at the time of application, you must complete and forward the Residency Affidavit form and proof of residency as indicated on the form, with your completed application.

Mailing Address:
City of Hartford

Human Resources Department
550 Main Street, Ground Floor - Room 3
Hartford, CT 06103

Applicants must provide all documents as required on the position announcement. Faxed or emailed applications and resumes without a completed application are not accepted and will be disqualified. If you are interested in more than one position, submit a separate application for each position.

When will I be notified?

Once an application has been received, it is reviewed by the Department of Human Resources to determine whether a candidate meets the minimum requirements of the position as stated on the job announcement. Within two to three weeks of the closing date, you will be notified by mail if you do not qualify for the position. If you qualify, you will receive notice of the next step in the process.

Do I Take an Exam?

Once it is established that your application is complete and you meet the minimum requirements for the position, you will be required to participate in an examination process.

Examinations are given to applicants for all positions. The examination may consist of a rating of your training and experience as contained on your application, a written test, an oral test, a performance test or a combination of any of the four. This examination process is in accordance with the City’s Merit System.

What Happens after the Examination Process?

You will receive notification by email or mail indicating your examination results. Once the examination process is complete, an Eligible Register is then established. All Open Competitive Eligible Registers expire up to one (1) year from the date the list is established.

What is an Eligible Register?

An Eligible Register is a list of all qualified candidates for a particular classification who have passed all components of the employment examination process. Every name on this list is placed in ranking order, from highest passing score to the lowest passing score. As positions become available, eligible candidates, in ranking order, will be contacted for a job interview.

The name of any person appearing on the Eligible Register may be removed by the Human Resources Director if: 1) the person requests in writing that his/her name be removed; 2) he/she cannot be located by mail or other means of ordinary communication within five (5) days following the date of notification; 3) the name has been certified for appointment three separate times and has not been appointed; or 4) if the person has waived appointment twice for the same job title.

It is your responsibility to notify the Department of Human Resources of name, address, telephone number, or email address changes.

If at any time before or after appointment to a position, it is found that you falsified your application, action will be taken.


The City of Hartford is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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Department of Human Resources

The Department of Human Resources is responsible for a variety of services for the City of Hartford's diverse workforce and is committed to providing effective guidance and support to all City departments with respect to managing employees and the hiring of new employees. By establishing Human Resources Policies and Procedures, we provide fair, consistent and clear standards to be applied by the City of Hartford as an employer. The Department provides direct services in the following areas: Compensation, Classification, Benefits, Employee Relations, Labor Relations, Training and Development, and Recruitment. In addition, the Department serves as a resource to Department Heads and City Administration on matters involving collective bargaining agreements, and state and federal employment law.


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City Policies

Policy NumberSubject
001 Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity
002 American with Disabilities Act
003 Discrimination Prohibited on the Basis of Physical and/or Mental Disability Section 504 Regulations
004 Abuse of the Equal Employment Opportunity
005 Anti-Harassment
006 Sexual Harassment
007 Nepotism
008 Workplace Violence
009 Workplace Weapons
010 Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources
011 Electronic Monitoring
012 Social Media
013 Mobile Devices
014 Take Home Vehicle
015 Overnight Travel and Expense Reimbursement
016 Same Day Travel and Expense Reimbursement
017 Severe Weather – Closure of City Offices
Policy NumberPublic Notices
  Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity
  American with Disabilities Act
  Discrimination Physical and Mental Disability
  Abuse of the City’s Equal Employment Opportunity
  Sexual Harassment
  Workplace Violence
  Weapons in the Workplace
  Electronic Monitoring


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