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    Be Proactive Before and After You Send Your Resume

    You find a promising job listing online. Excited, you send a well-crafted cover letter and resume and wait for a response. Six weeks later, you're still waiting, your enthusiasm has waned, and you've concluded your resume has fallen into a black hole. A proactive approach to your job search can improve your chances of landing interviews. These six tips will help ...
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    How to Catch Common Grammatical Errors

    Business documents rife with typos can undermine your professional reputation, not to mention that of your company. That's why you should have a good working knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation as well as the ability to catch mistakes before someone else does. Catching your own errors can be challenging. But with a little practice, you can reduce your margin of ...
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    How to Decide on Resume Length

    How long should my resume be? is one of the most commonly asked questions about resumes. Not too long ago, job seekers were told that a resume should never exceed one page. Those who broke this golden rule were destined for the circular file. Times have changed, and so has the criteria for resume length. **The new guideline is**: A resume ...
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    Questions They Shouldn't Ask

    The female candidate was asked, "Do you plan to have children?" She was taken aback by the question and wasn't sure how to answer. _She figured she had three choices_: # To answer the question honestly even though she did not want to. # To tell the interviewer it is none of his business and the question is illegal. # To ...
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    Resume Tips for Making the Transition to Private Industry

    More than 200,000 servicemen and women are now serving the United States in conflict areas. When they leave the military, many people will begin to look for their first private industry job or consider using their combat experience to advance their previous careers. One of the most difficult challenges in making this transition is translating military experience into marketable private-industry skills ...
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    Ageism at the Interview

    For many job seekers, the interview is the most difficult part of the job search process because of its impact on the hiring decision. An interview is similar to a sales meeting, only you're forced into an unfamiliar marketing position where you're both the salesperson and product. You usually have less than half an hour to convince the interviewer that you're ...
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    Dress Appropriately for Interviews

    What do I wear to the interview? It's a question millions of people agonize over on some level while looking for a job. The bad news is that there are few cut-and-dried answers. As the saying goes, there's no accounting for taste, and each interviewer has his unique sense of what's appropriate interview attire. The good news? Deciding what to wear ...
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    Resume Dilemma: No Degree

    Are your fellow job seekers leaving you in the dust, nabbing the great jobs because they have educational credentials that you lack? Follow these tips to put your best foot forward on your resume and compete with others who have more impressive educational backgrounds. h4. Emphasize Your Strongest Credentials Think about why an employer should hire you out of all the ...
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    The Benefits of Working for Uncle Sam

    Want to make sure retirement treats you well? Work for Uncle Sam, and those golden years could have a little added shine. Not only are federal retirement benefits portable, but being the largest employer provides the government excellent leverage in securing benefits for its employees. Take the example of Jane Smith, a fictional but possible example of a former federal employee. ...
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    Keeping Your Boss Happy

    **How to Acquire Power in the Agency** Whether it’s chief, sheriff, colonel, superintendent, director, or commissioner, the top honcho in a law enforcement agency is the one that most law enforcers want to impress. In short, they view their boss’ happiness as inextricably intertwined with theirs. In the police world’s career oriented individual’s reality, the score is not kept so much ...
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    Reference Checking: Five Mistakes You Don't Want to Make

    Despite ongoing attempts to reduce the reference checking process to an online, instantaneous "click here" exercise, there will never be an adequate substitute for the human interaction that must occur between whoever is checking a candidate's references and the references themselves. To be effective, the process requires intuition, common sense, extraordinary listening skills and the ability to combine various comments in ...
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    Firefighters work within the community and are frequently the first responders to traffic accidents, medical emergencies, fires and other area crisis situations. At every emergency scene, firefighters perform specific tasks, as designated by their superior, to help calm the crisis. Firefighter’s tasks include but are not limited to: treating injuries, operating high-pressure hoses, salvaging parts of destroyed buildings, ventilating smoke-filled areas ...
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    Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)

    Emergency Medical Technicians are first responders for emergencies such as automobile accidents, heart attacks, drownings, childbirth, gunshot wounds, and all other medical situations that would require immediate attention. Often working closely with law enforcement and the fire department personel, EMTs are dispatched to an emergency via a 911 operator. EMTs are qualified to treat minor injuries, and for more serious trauma, ...
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    Fire Chief

    A Fire Chief’s main responsibility is to keep local government officials fully informed of the fire department’s proficiency relative to the dangers of the community, while at the same time acting as the leader of his or her fire department. The Fire Chief must oversee all the services of the fire department; which include but are not limited to: medical emergencies, ...
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    How to Land a Job in Fire and Rescue

    How to Land a Job in Fire and Rescue
    Landing a job in the fire service is truly a unique challenge. On average, there are over 100 candidates who apply for each opening. Since the competition is so intense, what does it take to be the top candidate? Many candidates believe it is important to be the "most qualified" individual in the testing process. The truth is that we are ...
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    Preparing for Firefighter Candidate Interviews

    The fire department interview is a unique challenge that is a component of the hiring process for most fire departments. As a general rule, the interview is usually weighed more than any other portion of the exam. It is not uncommon to have each of the other phases of the exam weighted "pass or fail," while the interview is weighted 100% ...
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    The Two-Year Plan

    *If still in high school look into a Regional Occupational Program (ROP).* Many local fire departments have community outreach recruitment programs. *Graduate from high school or obtain your GED.* A diploma is much preferred. *Talk with a counselor at a community college that offers fire science courses.* Set up a course curriculum that allows you to obtain a two-year degree in ...
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    Fire Marshal

    The local fire marshal is required to perform a variety of important duties. A Fire Marshal is the member of a fire department responsible for investigating fires. The Fire Marshall must make sure that everything in his / her jurisdiction is up-to-date with fire code. The local fire marshal is required to annually inspect all buildings and facilities of public service ...
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    Wildland Firefighter

    The majority of the duties performed by a wildland firefighter are outdoors. Experiencing elements of all four seasons is not uncommon. Depending upon where you are stationed, you may experience all four seasons within a few days. Most duties are related to prescribed burning, wildfire suppression, and fire preparedness. These duties include serving as a firefighter or engine operator during prescribed ...
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    Dispatcher / Telecommunicator

    Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers, also called public safety dispatchers, monitor the location of emergency services personnel from any one or all of the jurisdiction’s emergency services departments. These workers dispatch the appropriate type and number of units in response to calls for assistance. Dispatchers, or call takers, often are the first people the public contacts when emergency assistance is required. ...