Philly gives national service alum extra points in hiring process

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 Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, says Philadelphia is the first city to offer the hiring advantage. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, says Philadelphia is the first city to offer the hiring advantage. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

For years, military veterans have had an edge when applying for jobs with the city of Philadelphia. Now those who served their country another way are getting extra points.

The city will begin awarding extra points on the civil service exam to those who have worked in national service. said Mayor Michael Nutter.

“The city of Philadelphia will now award up to five points additional on any civil service application for the city of Philadelphia alumni of AmeriCorps and Peace Corps programs,” he said.

Philadelphia is the first city to offer the advantage, according to Wendy Spencer, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

“It’s a real leap of faith that you have that you give back to these Americans who have served so well and hope they will actually stay in Philadelphia as a result,” she said.

Comcast and SEPTA also plan to give service corps graduates a leg up in hiring.

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