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    I'm wondering if anyone would be willing to post fire service specific resume samples.

    I'm appling on a posistion as an emergency services co-ordinator. I'm a volly with 8 years experience. My day job is in computer networking, and my resume doesn't relate very well to the fire service.

    I'm looking for meaningful ways to highlight my operational experience as a FF and training officer.

    Thanks in advance to anyone who can help. If you'd rather not post here, you can email me at [email protected]

    Thanks
    SRFD905 - Serving since 1998

    *~-|EGH|FTM|-~*

  • #2
    Firefighter Resumes

    I’m a one-page resume guy for entry level without a cover letter, not in a binder or folder. Do not give us a book. We will not read it. The board does not have enough time. And do not come an interview thinking you are going to hand out your resume and we’re going to read it. That is not going to happen. This upsets the normal flow of the interview. We’re going to read your application and resume before you come in the room. If you submit a resume, get it to personnel to be placed in your file before the interview. Don’t fax It. Make the appropriate copies and hand deliver or FedEx them.

    Here's a sample resume:

    Carl Mcfly
    1284 Main St.
    Kensington, Ca 94588
    Phone: 510-286-5890 e-mail: [email protected]

    OBJECTIVE: To achieve a level within the fire service.

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

    Firefighter Fire Department, CA 2-00 Present
    Duties include but are not limited to fire suppression in structural as well as wild land environments and emergency medical services under highly stressful emergency conditions. Also, fire prevention, public education, vehicle and station maintenance under the supervision of a Captain, always focusing on providing quality customer service.

    Engineer (Acting) 2-03 Present

    Firefighter Fire Department (Auxiliary) 3-99 2-00
    Perform in a probationary capacity under emergency situations, fire suppression, emergency medical services, also fire prevention, public education, vehicle and station maintenance.

    EMT Ambulance Service, CA 3-99 2-00
    Perform under emergency situations; emergency medical services under the direction of Redondo Beach and L.A. County Fire Department Paramedics. Vehicle and station maintenance and Code-3 driving.

    INSTRUCTOR Emergency Response CPR Training 3-03 Present
    Adult, Child, & Infant CPR training for the community as well as for the professional rescuer.

    Owner/Operator Pool Company, CA 5-97 2-00
    Service and repair of residential and commercial pools and spas according to County Health Department specifications.

    EDUCATION
    Bachelor’s Degree EMT Defib and Combitube certified
    Firefighter I Red Cross certified CPR Instructor
    Firefighter II Federal Red Card System Member
    Driver/Operator State certified Class B Driver’s License

    ACTIVITIES
    Member of State University Track and Field Team.
    Member of State University X-Country Team.
    Volunteer for Hubbs Institute White Sea Bass Population Restoration Project.
    Volunteer for Red Cross on various projects.
    _____________________________________________

    "Nothing counts 'til you have the badge . . . Nothing!"

    More Tips on getting hired and promoted by Firehouse Contributing Author Fire “Captain Bob” Articles here:
    http://www.firehouse.com/contact/10544410/bob-smith


    Fire "Captain Bob"

    www.eatstress.com

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    • #3
      Thanks for your input.
      SRFD905 - Serving since 1998

      *~-|EGH|FTM|-~*

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      • #4
        This is a job specific resume from Microsoft Office Online. It is for a firefighter.

        http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/te...CT011413021033

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        • #5
          Thanks Again. I've downloaded the MS office template as well.
          SRFD905 - Serving since 1998

          *~-|EGH|FTM|-~*

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          • #6
            Here is mine, very simple and to the point and hopefully easy to follow. I cut and pasted here but it actually looks alittle better on Word. Also, as far as education, in an effort to keep it one page, I only included a few key certs I thought would be important. Any thoughts on this? Should I include ALL my training as it relates to the fire service even if it bumps the resume to two pages?



            Robert “Chad” Ashton
            123 West Main Street
            Romney, WV 26757
            (304) 555-1234 – Home Phone
            (304) 555-4321 – Cell Phone
            [email protected]

            Experience

            • Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office – Deputy Sheriff
            Romney, WV
            August, 2000 to present

            • Potomac Highlands Regional Jail – Correction Officer
            Augusta, WV
            December, 1999 to August, 2000

            Education

            • Medical First Responder 5/6/93 (Will finish EMT-B classes in February 2006)

            • Firefighter I 8/8/94

            • Breathing Apparatus Techniques 4/9/95

            • Auto Extrication Operations 8/05

            • Low Angle/High Angle Rope Operations 10/22/05

            Volunteer Service

            • Romney Fire Company
            Romney, WV
            May, 2005 to present

            • Romney Volunteer Rescue Squad
            Romney, WV
            October, 2005 to present

            • Capon Bridge Volunteer Fire Department/Rescue Squad
            Capon Bridge, WV
            1993 to 1997
            Last edited by cashton; 02-05-2006, 09:47 AM.

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            • #7
              Cashton, thats a heckuva resume. Do you have a lot of luck when you apply to departments?

              I keep my resume short, just under one page. So far, other then previous jobs, I only have firefighter 1 and 2 NPQ and Florida firefighter 1, currently working at a degree in fire science, and hopefully admitted to EMT school in the spring around April or May, also have 4 years volunteer experience. While I'm in EMT school I hope to take some advanced short courses, such as haz mat technician, basic extrication. Three interviews, no job offers, so I'm almost positive it's the interviews or locations for me.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ffman02
                Cashton, thats a heckuva resume. Do you have a lot of luck when you apply to departments?

                I keep my resume short, just under one page. So far, other then previous jobs, I only have firefighter 1 and 2 NPQ and Florida firefighter 1, currently working at a degree in fire science, and hopefully admitted to EMT school in the spring around April or May, also have 4 years volunteer experience. While I'm in EMT school I hope to take some advanced short courses, such as haz mat technician, basic extrication. Three interviews, no job offers, so I'm almost positive it's the interviews or locations for me.
                Well, not so far. I have only just started submitting applications and have not really started turning in my resume. Mine is only one page but I ommitted some of my training to keep it that length.

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                • #9
                  Revised

                  First off I think the Microsoft format has many carryovers of a regular corporate resume by listing experience when it could be a duplicate of what is contained under education. It also shows under volunteering a firefighter volunteer position that would carry more weight under experience. I believe they don’t understand that in most firefighter interviews there is a limited amount of time to review the resumes before the candidate walks into the room. Don’t send us on a treasure hunt. Hit us with your best stuff first.

                  Chad wrote:

                  I only included a few key certs I thought would be important. Any thoughts on this? Should I include ALL my training as it relates to the fire service even if it bumps the resume to two pages?

                  Reply: You can add a second column under education that will allow space to include all your education, training and certs. Since we tend to read left to right begin on the upper left column with the most important education or training and go down and to the second column to the right in descending order.

                  I made some minor changes to your resume. Notice when the volunteer section is moved to Profession Experience the true title of Firefighter in bold jumps out down the left side. There it is Firefighter, Firefighter, Firefigher right where the raters begin to read:


                  Robert “Chad” Ashton
                  123 West Main Street
                  Romney, WV 26757
                  Phone (304) 555-1234 e-mail: [email protected]

                  Profession Experience:

                  Firefighter (Vol) Romney Fire Company, WV May 2005 to present

                  Firefighter (Vol) Romney Rescue Squad, WV Oct 2005 to present

                  Firefighter (Vol) Capon Bridge Fire/Rescue Squad, WV 1993 to 1997

                  Deputy Sheriff Hampshire County – Romney, WV Aug 2000 - present

                  Correction Officer Potomac Jail –Augusta, Dec1999 to Aug 2000

                  Education

                  • Firefighter I

                  • Medical First Responder

                  • EMT-B (February 2006)

                  • Breathing Apparatus Techniques

                  • Auto Extrication Operations

                  • Low Angle/High Angle Rope Operations

                  Which resume makes you look best as a qualified firefighter candidate?
                  Last edited by CaptBob; 02-05-2006, 10:47 PM.
                  _____________________________________________

                  "Nothing counts 'til you have the badge . . . Nothing!"

                  More Tips on getting hired and promoted by Firehouse Contributing Author Fire “Captain Bob” Articles here:
                  http://www.firehouse.com/contact/10544410/bob-smith


                  Fire "Captain Bob"

                  www.eatstress.com

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                  • #10
                    A little help please???

                    I posted this on another thread and got no response, I am hoping someone will see this post and help me out.

                    I need someone to write my resume and cover letter that is due in a few weeks for a department I am applying for. I have found a few resume writing services out there and don’t know which is better. If you have used www.fdresume.com or any other services, can you let me know how they did and if it was worth it.

                    I have a resume I wrote in high school but it looks like crap and I could use some help adding structure and some creativity to my sentences so I stand out from the other thousands of applicants.

                    I’m not looking to bring out the spammers, if you would like to e-mail me your opinion on the service you used, that would be wonderful too.
                    If you have used fdresume and have a copy of the work they did, could you e-mail it to me so I can see what their product looks like?

                    Thanks guys

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                    • #11
                      Having hired a few people in my time (not in the fire service, but I have scanned many a resume), may I offer this piece of advice? Learn how to use MS Word well enough that you can alter your resume to look a little bit different than the "standard" Word templates.

                      When I see one of those standard resumes it smacks of laziness. Make yours stand out, just a little bit, so that it doesn't look EXACTLY like every other resume that's crossing the desk of the person doing the hiring.

                      Don't go crazy with fonts and tables and stuff. Just tweak it enough to make it unique, so that it doesn't blend in with the rest but doesn't stand out as tacky either. It's a fine line, I'll admit.

                      Also, have someone you trust check it for grammar and spelling. Spell check does not catch everything, and you have already shown a knack for apostrophe abuse in the title of this thread (it should be resumes, not resume's)

                      Here's an example of something that is "correct" in terms of a spellchecker, but is obviously wrong:

                      Eye halve a spelling chequer
                      It came with my pea sea
                      It plainly marques four my revue
                      Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

                      Eye strike a key and type a word
                      And weight four it two say
                      Weather eye am wrong oar write
                      It shows me strait a weigh.

                      As soon as a mist ache is maid
                      It nose bee fore two long
                      And eye can put the error rite
                      Its rarely ever wrong.

                      Eye have run this poem threw it
                      I am shore your pleased two no
                      Its letter perfect in it's weigh
                      My chequer tolled me sew.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ffemtp009 View Post
                        I posted this on another thread and got no response, I am hoping someone will see this post and help me out.

                        I need someone to write my resume and cover letter that is due in a few weeks for a department I am applying for. I have found a few resume writing services out there and don’t know which is better. If you have used www.fdresume.com or any other services, can you let me know how they did and if it was worth it.

                        I have a resume I wrote in high school but it looks like crap and I could use some help adding structure and some creativity to my sentences so I stand out from the other thousands of applicants.

                        I’m not looking to bring out the spammers, if you would like to e-mail me your opinion on the service you used, that would be wonderful too.
                        If you have used fdresume and have a copy of the work they did, could you e-mail it to me so I can see what their product looks like?

                        Thanks guys
                        Dude, DO NOT pay anyone to help you with your resume. You can do this with a little help.

                        Remember, your resmue does not get you the job. Your resume and cover letter gets you the interview. After that, it is all up to you.

                        If you want to email me your resume, I will be more than happy to look it over and help you out. You can delete your personal info if you'd like. I don't need that.

                        My personal email is [email protected].
                        PROUD, HONORED AND HUMBLED RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HYDRANT AWARD - 10/2007.

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                        • #13
                          here is mine

                          See attachment. The names were changed to protct the innocent. I encourage you to include all significant job experience. I think it is good to use other work experience outside the fire service in an interview and thus should be part of your resume. I especcially think that any candidate with a good customer service backround makes a better firefighter candidate.
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                          • #14
                            went with a service, hope it is all it's cracked up to be...

                            Thanks for the advice; I wish I would have checked my posting earlier. I ended up going with fdreusme.com over the other services because the price was right and they were willing to do a phone interview so I would not have to type or fax anything.

                            We did the phone interview tonight at 9. The guy that is writing my resume said he teaches professional development for a fire science program and is a firefighter himself. I goggled his name and found a few newspaper clippings and publications that match his info and e-mail address so I think it is really being written by someone that knows what is going on (or I hope so).
                            The interview lasted about 20minutes and he said he will get me a resume draft to approve by 10am tomorrow.

                            I might have been able to do it my self, but hopefully this works out and I will have a quality resume by the weekend.

                            I will let you know how it goes and will post the final product for all of you to scrutinize!!!

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                            • #15
                              I have a friend who recieved several offers in southern CA before accepting a job with Orange County Fire Authority. He would submit his 1 page resume and put the key words in bold print to make them stand out more. He would also add a second collum to keep it one page. I agree the interview gets you the job, but a nice resume can help put a positive spin on things.

                              Peace,

                              Kev

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