How to Ace Your Job Application
The internet is an information-junkies “dream come true.” A novice “surfer” can find almost anything; and expert can do truly amazing things. I mention this, because not only is there a plethora of available information on “How to Become a Firefighter,” there is also some information that is conspicuous by its absence. The purpose of this article is to discuss the information that isn’t readily available; and to reinforce some of the information that is easier to find.
I realize that if you are reading this, you are looking for that “silver bullet” that will propel you to the top of the list. While I can’t promise you that what I have to offer will make you “number one”, I assure you that I can increase your chance of success by 50%. Before we get to the meat of the article, I do believe it is important to tell you a little about myself:
September of 2009 marked the 25th anniversary of my 1st and only entry-level firefighter test. January 22st 2010 marked my 25th anniversary with my department. During my 25 year career I have: Been a Firefighter, Fire Engineer, Fire Captain, EMT-1, EMT-2, EMT-P, a Hazardous Materials Specialist; and worked, on my days off, as a volunteer Firefighter, an Ambulance Paramedic, a computer consultant, and a community college instructor. I also serve as my departments Training Officer; and hold a seat on the Regional Occupation Program (Fire) advisory committee. It’s from perspective of the last three (3) experiences that I will make my observations.
One last thing before I get started. The total sum of my qualifications, when I took that test 25 years ago, was a High School Diploma. Many, if not most, of you that read this, are far more qualified to be an entry-level firefighter than I was. Therefore, this article won’t include any information on how to become qualified; I am certain you have that aspect, of your career, well in hand. What I am going to discuss, is how to make all of your time, effort, and money, pay off.