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5 Things You Need to Give up to Get A Job


Be Realistic

It’s called the dream job for a reason. That reason is that while it does exist, you’re going to have a hard time finding it, let alone landing it. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have aspirations or that you shouldn’t constantly strive for bigger and better things. It does mean, however, that most of you will not be a fire chief anytime soon. Unless you are going to a top-tier school, gain incredible volunteer service, become a training expert, and are in superior physical condition, you may have a tough time getting into the top tier positions early in your career. Are there exceptions? Sure, but you need to be prepared to work up the ladder the same way others have done before you.

The Good News:

Just because you didn’t get a 4.0 for your fire-science degree doesn’t mean you are damned to an eternity of unemployment. It just means you still need to prove yourself. Instead of lamenting your misfortune, pursue further education and certifications that will give you the skills that departments look for. Intelligence, creativity, measurable results. Work hard, innovate, and get promoted. Who knows, maybe in 5 years you’ll have developed just the skill-set that they will be looking for in 2015.

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