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    Hey, just trying to see how my resume would appear to hiring departments.

    I'm 32 years old
    I have FF II (In Illinois, not IFSAC)
    EMT-Intermediate/85 level
    Bachelors degree in Management and Leadership.
    About 1/2 years experience in firefighting and in the private ambulance business.

    I'm open to hearing suggestions, things I can do to improve my resume. Thanks.

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    basic info looks good. but that only takes you so far, could be better. but then again a lot of resume work is the presentation and ease of reading, hard as hell to do that on a forum.

    you'r interview will be the telling factor. clearly and concisely sell yourself and you would be a good candidate.

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    Depending on how you interview, your qualifications should at least put you in consideration.

    Things to add to resume:
    - NIMS
    - HAZMAT

    Make sure you interview well, as that is usually 100% weighted for the ranking.

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    You in shape?

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    ........No

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    Certifications are icing on the cake... the cake is successfully completing all portions of the testing process and nailing any oral interviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shwaybo77 View Post
    Hey, just trying to see how my resume would appear to hiring departments.

    I'm 32 years old
    I have FF II (In Illinois, not IFSAC)
    EMT-Intermediate/85 level
    Bachelors degree in Management and Leadership.
    About 1/2 years experience in firefighting and in the private ambulance business.

    I'm open to hearing suggestions, things I can do to improve my resume. Thanks.


    This was answered very well in the other thread you started in Firefighting.....

    The answer is still NO, based on what you have listed!!
    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

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    What the above postings are alluding to is the firefighter interview is like no other. It’s not all the credentials but making your presentation so the panel chooses you over the other candidates.

    If you’re passing the written and agility, which are usually pass/fail and you’re not placing high enough on the oral, that’s where the problem exists. What most candidates do if they don’t place high enough on the oral is go back and try to pack on more credentials. “Oh, I have to finish my degree or get through that academy.” They do little to nothing in gaining the skills for the oral board, which is usually 100% of the score. If you don’t do anything to improve your oral board skills nothing is going to change, you will never ever see that badge. The oral board is for all the marbles. This is where the rubber meets the road.

    “Do what you have to do be more marketable so you can take more tests and have something more to offer a department, but remember that it all comes down to that 15 to 30 minute oral interview. I’ve seen some awesome candidates with resumes packed full of accomplishments that couldn’t sell themselves in an interview to even make the top 50%.” Steve Prziborowski, Battalion Chief, Santa Clara County Fire Department.

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    Default Recently added to resume:

    NIMS 100, 200, 700, 800
    Technical Rescue Awareness
    Hazmat Awareness
    Ice Rescue Specialist

    And I'll be attending Paramedic School in August

    .... do these additions make a difference in anyone's consideration?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shwaybo77 View Post
    NIMS 100, 200, 700, 800
    Technical Rescue Awareness
    Hazmat Awareness
    Ice Rescue Specialist

    And I'll be attending Paramedic School in August

    .... do these additions make a difference in anyone's consideration?
    Yep, this one:

    And I'll be attending Paramedic School in August

    You will dramatically increase your odds to gain a badge. You still will have to learn how to take a firefighter interview of nothing is going to change.
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    As the Captain said, the EMT-P certification will get you into a lot more doors than any of the other stuff you listed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptBob View Post
    What the above postings are alluding to is the firefighter interview is like no other. It’s not all the credentials but making your presentation so the panel chooses you over the other candidates.

    I’ve seen some awesome candidates with resumes packed full of accomplishments that couldn’t sell themselves in an interview to even make the top 50%.” Steve Prziborowski, Battalion Chief, Santa Clara County Fire Department.
    I can't stress this enough what capt. bob said. I've gotten in fights with people on here about this plenty of times. Its not all about the certs! So many people believe they are entitled to the job because of a list of certs they have. If you can't interview then don't waste your time. I made the top of a list with just an EMT-B cert, that was it and i didn't even bring that part up in the interview. Invest in Capt. Bobs package and also take a look at a book by a guy named Paul Lepore. You WILL NOT make the top if you cannot interview. Get the notion outta your head that this is a job interview where you're handing someone a resume. It is not. You need to spend countless upon countless hours practicing the ff interview. Best advice: get a video camera and tape yourself. You'll be shocked on how much this can help. The firefighter interview is like none other!

    P.S.- One cert that would matter: Paramedic. Other than that nothing else really plays any role in the ff interview.
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    Like capt. Bob and thanojohn said emt-paramedeic will definitely help. However, like they also said the oral board is where it is at. The oral boad will make or break you. I was hired when I was still in the process of getting my medic. If you are able, you should go to eatstress.com and invest in the package. I made back what I paid for in 1 hour of work for the fire department.

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    You know, it almost sounds like a game... as though passing the interview is all that matters. I've met a lot of people in my life who know how to talk a mean game. Lots of them really aren't people of substance. If it's all about the interview, that seems like a pretty blind way of choosing candidates. Certs SHOULD mean something. They actually do prove a lot. It sounds so silly to me that you might hire somebody you end up working miserably with for twenty long years, simply because they were able to make a good "first impression" on you. You may be right, I'm sure you are... but if that's true, it's a shame in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shwaybo77 View Post
    Hey, just trying to see how my resume would appear to hiring departments.

    I'm 32 years old
    I have FF II (In Illinois, not IFSAC)
    EMT-Intermediate/85 level
    Bachelors degree in Management and Leadership.
    About 1/2 years experience in firefighting and in the private ambulance business.

    I'm open to hearing suggestions, things I can do to improve my resume. Thanks.
    You said you would be open to hearing suggestions. Really? Then, you should already know that at age 32 with a BA in Management and Leadership that you get almost any job during the interview. They want to test drive you. That's where the rubber meets the road. It's not just your resume. Many agencies don't even accept resumes. It has to come out of your mouth or you don't get credit.

    Sounds like you might have had a few firefighter interviews already and they didn't turn out he way you had hoped? I hear this all the time. Why don't you try practicing your oral board answers with a hand held voice recorder to hear what the oral board is hearing coming out of your mouth.

    For most candidates it's not the credentials but learning how to take a firefighter interview. If you don't nothing is going to change.

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    The information that was mentioned by Captain Bob is as he says "A golden nugget". Listen to this person as he has help many and he can count me as one also. The information he gives you is the path to your success. If you go down the wrong path while taking an oral then you need to have him in your corner.
    I have given Fire Department Orals and Captain Bob's information is the ticket to your success in the Oral portions of your exam.

    p.s. I was not paid or coerced to give my feelings on this matter.
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