Employment with the City of Chicago

Welcome to CAREERS, the City of Chicago’s award-winning online job application site. Unveiled in Fall 2007, CAREERS uses the latest technology to make applying for City of Chicago jobs easy and efficient.

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You can search for city job opportunities and apply for one or multiple positions using a single online profile. CAREERS is available 24/7 and allows users to search for employment with the City of Chicago, review job announcements, complete a candidate profile, and apply for open positions - all without a single sheet of paper!

Click on the link below if you need help with navigating the online CAREERS section:

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 A Guide for Test-Takers

Preparing for City of Chicago Employment Tests: A Guide for Test-Takers

United States Federal law requires that all employers, including the City of Chicago, require job applicants to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Acceptable forms of proof include:

  • U.S. Passport
  • Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
  • U.S. Social Security Card
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Voter Registration Card
  • Alien Registration Card with photograph

Residency in the City of Chicago is required of all employees. Proof of residency will be required at the time of employment, per Section 2-152-340 of the Municipal Code of Chicago.

Falsification or omission of information on an application for City employment may subject you to disqualification and/or termination of employment and is punishable as perjury as well as a violation of Municipal Code of Chicago 2-74-090, which provides for a fine of up to $500 and six months imprisonment.

Municipal Code of Chicago 2-152-150 prohibits the hiring of any person who owes any debt to the City of Chicago unless the debt has been paid in full or:

  1. The person who owes the debt has entered into an agreement with the Department of Finance or another appropriate City department, for the payment of all debts owed to the City and is in compliance with the agreement. Information on payment plans, including Hardship Payment Plans, can be found here: 
    Utility Bill Payment Plan
    Parking and Red Light Ticket Payment Plan
  2. The person who owes the debt is contesting liability for or the amount of the debt in a pending administrative or judicial proceeding; or,
  3. The person has filed a petition in bankruptcy and the debts owed the City are dischargeable in bankruptcy.

All references to political sponsorship or recommendation must be omitted from any and all application material submitted for City employment.

The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer.

In accordance with Personnel Rules, veterans who receive a passing score on an examination, and have served in the armed forces of the United States on active duty continually for six months, and who were not dishonorably discharged, may be considered for Veteran's Preference.

At any time during an examination or during the life of the resulting General Employment list, the Department of Human Resources reserves the right to modify the examination, test schedules and/or impose any additional tests, standards or qualifications it deems appropriate to evaluate applicants for this position.

The City of Chicago is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of the information provided on this application to the extent permitted by law. The City does not sell, trade, barter, or exchange for consideration any information provided on this application. All information submitted online by job applicants for vacant City positions is subject to the same safeguards as if the applicant had submitted the application in person rather than over the Internet.

Security Policy

The City of Chicago is committed to maintaining the online privacy of all job applicants. All information provided on this application or sent in response is transferred using standard encryption technologies and in accordance with the City of Chicago On-Line Privacy Policy posted on the City’s website at www.chicago.gov