Be cautious when providing resumes, and be aware of its content. Using too many terms on your resumes like deans list, honor roll, chief of academy, valedictorian, 4.0 GPA, etc. It can send the wrong message to the interviewer. Sure you can list you were at the top of your academy, but don’t over do it.
If the instructions for the hiring process states No resumes. DO NOT BRING A RESUME! If you do all it will do is irritate the interview panel, and let them know you can not follow directions. If they do allow resumes wait to hand them over till the end. This way your greetings and the interview process will not be interrupted. Also, by giving the resume in the beginning it sets you up for more difficult questions or the possibility of detecting faults/flaws/exaggerations in the resume.
Courtesy of Steve Prziborowski is a Captain with the Santa Clara County (Los Gatos, CA.) Fire Department and has been in the fire service for 12 years. He is also the Fire Technology Coordinator at Chabot College in (Hayward, CA.), where he has been instructing fire technology and EMT courses for 10 years. He is a state certified Chief Officer, Fire Officer, Master Instructor, Hazardous Materials Technician, and state licensed Paramedic. He has an Associate's degree in Fire Technology, a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, and a Master's degree in Emergency Services Administration. He also publishes a free monthly newsletter geared toward better preparing the future firefighter for a career in the fire service, "The Chabot College Fire & EMS News," that is available on his web site at www.chabotfire.com
Many candidates think they need to include their strengths or career
profiles on their resumes. Here are a couple of examples from resumes
sent to me for review:
Strengths: Performs effectively within group atmosphere. Continuously
strives for improvement by education and work experience.
Career Profile: An experienced Firefighter whose professional
responsibilities expanded his knowledge in the areas of fire suppression,
emergency medical service, rescue, hazardous material, public relations,
public education, fire prevention, and decision making.
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