Step 3: Navigating the Hiring Process
One positive component of volunteering is the opportunity to meet people. Also, if you volunteer in a combination departments you get to see the inner workings of the department before you apply.
More importantly you get to have face time with people who can help you along the way. Look for someone to mentor you. Read the numerous trade journals and on-line forums dealing with EMS. These often provide hiring notices from departments in your surrounding jurisdiction. Schedule a station visit or ride along with a paramedic at a department in your neighborhood.
These individuals are usually the best source of information on how to get hired. As far as studying is concerned, there are two ways to look at this. One is that if you are already a paramedic, most places that hire you will want to see current credentials as well as probably administer some type of skill validation exam.
When hired you may even have to do, at the very least, an abbreviated form of an internship so that you can learn their particular culture. More importantly, remember not to get frustrated or give up. You may have to endure numerous applications, interviews, and even jobs before you find the right fit for you.