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Old 04-13-2016, 06:34 PM
 
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Hello,

I am interested in Pennsylvania state government positions in Harrisburg. I have checked out both civil service and non-civil service opportunities, along with other positions on job websites. I wanted to know if there were other avenues that I could check out for government and political positions in the state capitol? I am looking for full-time opportunities, and have a high interest in government and politics.

Thank you!
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Old 06-14-2016, 12:21 PM
 
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Not sure what you're looking for. Political positions aren't really the same as State civil service jobs. Either way, you must go onto the SCSC website and sign up. You then get notices for jobs, although you can search right away. Once you start getting notices, you must reply to them, whether you want to be considered, or not. If you don't send it back, you will be taken off that list. No kidding, that's how it is.
Next, you take a test for the jobs you're interested in, at one of their locations (one right in Harrisburg, but they're all over the State). See how your grades are- you might get a call for an interview.
The process can take a while. Union jobs are hot right now. Non-union jobs such as management and admin... not so much. The union pay scale will allow you to keep getting raises, but the management jobs are locked in... so if you're hired in admin as a level 7-1 at 41,000 or 44,000 (estimate but very very close)... then you will ALWAYS stay at that exact amount... cost of living will increase, the city LST will triple, parking will go up (most State workers pay from 100-185 a month)... but no matter where you are in PA, if you aren't union, you won't be getting any more - until/unless the legislative side decides to give you a bit.
So, now you see you need to test, interview, and work up through whichever side of State work you're interested in. Be aware, many of the workers are many years in the private sector before taking a state job for the benefits (pension not so bad, not so great, but health care is very good and time off)... and once you get into the higher pay levels, 7 and up, there's competition. The pay at 7 and up wouldn't really be thought of as high paying in the private sector.. these people have Master's degrees in Public Health, Healthcare Admin, various disciplines... so interviewers can be picky. Only thing making openings appear abit quicker in the field is that lots of admin people are leaving- due to that locked-in pay level. When you see them trying to interview for lower level Union jobs that will at least give them a raise in the future, and then those non-union jobs open up for another person to give it a try- there is the opening.
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