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5 Things You Need to Give up to Get A Job

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You Aren’t Owed Anything.

“But my father is a firefighter. And his father before him. And his father’s father’s father. But I got all A’s in my fire technology degree…”
That is all excellent news. Unfortunately, so were the other thousands of people who want to become a firefighter or emt/paramedic. If there are only X amount of jobs with 5, 10 or 200 qualified applicants, not everyone is going to be hired. Competition from your peers isn’t your only concern. You don’t have to be an economist to know that you are up against a national job market with overly qualified people applying for more entry-level positions because of mass layoffs.

The Good News:

By recognizing this reality you will be less likely to passively wait for what you think you “deserve.” Instead, by realizing that you need to stand out in a crowded field of people just as qualified or more qualified than you, it will make it easier to focus on things you can do to compete. Things like beefing up your resume with internships, externships and volunteering experiences. Things like getting new skills, and earning unique certifications (think CPAT).


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