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Old 11-13-2007, 09:36 AM
 
Location: NY-> AZ-> NC->PA->Clayton, NC
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Hi everyone,
I'm new to PA and have a few job-related questions.

I'm curious as to what it's like to work for the State of Pennsylvania, or one of it's townships, near Philadelphia (but not in Philadelphia). I live in Elkins Park. Also, are employees of public universities or colleges paid by the state?

I did some searching and it looks like I have to take a civil service test first for any positions I might be interested in, and then I'd get contacted if I did well and an opening came up. Do I understand this correctly?

I'd like to find a job in which a pension will be provided, but I'm not sure if going the state or township job route is the best choice here in PA, since I'm so new here.

Also, re: private companies---any recommendations for someone who lives in Elkins Park (less than 20 minute commute)? I have a bookkeeping/non-degreed accounting background.

My husband has Class A tractor-trailer experience (local driving only--lumber and sod delivery) and certified fork lift experience. He doesn't mind commuting more than 20 minutes. He wants to become a personal trainer, but we're not sure if there's a market here for someone his age (mid 40s).
Thanks!
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Old 11-14-2007, 10:24 AM
 
Location: SW Philly
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yes ma'am, the first step in applying for a state job is to take the civil service exam for the open position www.scsc.state.pa.us... if you score high enough, you'll then be considered for an interview... but, correct me if i'm wrong, i think you have to be able to prove PA residency for at least a year???

any PA state position is secure... my aunt recently retired after 35 years working with the PA dept of public welfare... started at age 20 and currently living comfortably with a nice pension at age 55 :-)
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Old 11-14-2007, 06:08 PM
 
Location: NY-> AZ-> NC->PA->Clayton, NC
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yes ma'am, the first step in applying for a state job is to take the civil service exam for the open position www.scsc.state.pa.us... if you score high enough, you'll then be considered for an interview... but, correct me if i'm wrong, i think you have to be able to prove PA residency for at least a year???

any PA state position is secure... my aunt recently retired after 35 years working with the PA dept of public welfare... started at age 20 and currently living comfortably with a nice pension at age 55 :-)
Thanks so much for the info. I'll check on the residency requirements.
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