Firefighters have a very prestigious job. They aim to protect and serve the public, and their goal is to help save lives and keep people safe. You have to go through much training before they are ready to fight fires and become an active member of the fire department. Before you can become an active member of a fire department you must meet some requirements. You must be at least 18 years old, have 20/20 vision (corrected vision is OK), be physically fit, have no criminal record, have at least a high school diploma (although some departments require some college education), and you must have about 600 hours of of training. Training is most often taught at a fire academy.
The first step after you have completed your training is to apply for a job in a department as a firefighter. A resume always accompanies an application, and it is what employers use to determine your qualifications for the position.
Resume writing is a task that is feared by many people. But it doesn’t have to be this way. As long as you have a format, writing a resume can be as simple as filling in the blanks. Even though personal experiences and qualifications differ, and the position being applied for is always different, the general format and types of things to include in every resume are the same.
The format of a resume is the way it is set up and outlined. Some formats are easier to read than others. This is why certain formats are preferred my most employers. A resume with a clear format generally gets noticed more often by employers.
So, you’re probably wondering where to start, which format to use, and what information should be presented on a resume. For starters, your contact information should be the first thing on your resume. It should be at the top of the page, and it should include your name, address, phone number, and email address. Underneath your contact information should be your career objective. This is a short paragraph describing what you would like to accomplish during your employment with a company. Next, should be your list of key skills. It’s best to keep these simple and to the point. They should be layed out in a way that they stand out at first glance. Short brief sentences are best for listing your key skills. Your education, certifications, technical skills, and your professional experience should follow. Your education and certifications should include any education that has prepared you for the position you’re applying for, and your professional experience should list and describe your work experience. If possible, try to keep your resume to one page. If you have to use two pages, it is best to fill the second page completely.
Since your goal is to write a resume in order to land a position as a figherfigher, here is an example of a resume for firefighter that you can use to help get you started:
1 Street RdSomeplace, NY 11111. (111) 222-3333. JohnDoe@gmil.com
To use my experience, strengths, and skills to best serve the community in which I live. To utilize my knowledge and skills to protect the public and help keep them safe. To protect property and belongings, and to go the extra mile to make sure I am working at the best of my ability.
- Hardworking, goal-oriented, with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
- Physically and mentally strong and capable, and able to work efficiently and effectively in any environment
- Works well under pressure and in emergency situations
- Knowledge of and ability to use all safety equipment necessary to perform the job
- EMT License (2005)
- CPR certified. The Red Cross (2003)
- Knowledge of computers and computer programs
- Ability to use high tech devices and interpret information entered into computer systems
- Someplace Fire Academy 600+ hours of fire training certificate (May 2006)
- Someplace Community College 1995-1997. Associates Degree in Human Services
Someplace Fire Department. Somplace NY. ( February 2007-present)
- Provided immediate response to emergency phone calls
- Operated fire and rescue equipment
- Investigated cause of fires and incidents
- Became familiar with all routes and roadways in order to respond in the shortest amount of time
- Participated in many fire drills and stayed physically and mentally prepared
- Educated the public about fire safety, including children
Someplace EMS Service (May 2005- Jan 2007)
- Completed EMT training and provided medical assistance to those in need
- Responded quickly in all emergency situations
- Used rescue equipment and drove ambulance
- Participated in further training and workshops
- Kept records, and performed office work and clerical tasks
Now you are well on your way to landing your next position as a firefighter! If your qualifications meet their needs, you will be called for an interview to further discuss your skills and qualifications. The interview is when you go into detail about all the information included on your resume. You need to be ready to describe your experience as well as answer any questions asked of you during your interview. If you have any concerns about an interview, I recommend taking advantage on workshops at career centers that are designed to help you with the interview process. Mock interviews are given, and they are helpful for preparing for your interview, and they can also significantly reduce the stress associated with going on an interview. Having an idea of what you’re going to say during an interview, and knowing what types of questions could be asked is key to having a successful interview with an employer.