I was recently fired from a recruit academy. I finished eleven
weeks of a twelve-week academy. The city called it "released from probation".
Afterwards I was fairly well devastated. It has taken me a while but I still
want this job. I plan to test for the city and other agencies as soon as
possible. I don't know how to handle this topic in an interview.
It wasn't that I didn't perform well in class; I
was always in the top ten percent at tests and was above average on the drill
ground. They didn't exactly tell me why but I heard that it was attitude. That I
didn't take criticism well.
But they let me go in favor of several recruits
that did not perform as well as I did. That is what makes it so tough for me to
Anyway I bought your program and I really like it.
do you explain being hired by the biggest department only to be "released from
probation" One week away from graduation?
Attitude is your rudder through life.
Attitude is such a small thing that can make such a big difference.
Attitude is a real tough one. It will be difficult but not impossible to get
hired by another department. I'm
sure by now how it played in getting let go. The main thing is to not
blame them. Take responsibility, what you have learned and be convincing
that it will never ever happen again.
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You Got Fired from a Department
Let's get real here! One of the most difficult hurdles to get over is being
fired by another department. It's easier if you're a medic.
There has been an alarming rate of new firefighters fired in their academy and
during probation. The main reasons are new hires are showing up for their
academy without being in good enough physical shape. No, just because you passed
the physical agility doesn't mean you're physically ready for the academy.
You see the physical agility standards over the
past few years have been lowered so almost anyone can pass. Fire departments
have had little control over this circus. But they know once they get the
candidates in the academy they will require them to meet a level of service that
the job requires.
Others can't remember the manipulative skills for equipment and evolutions. Some
seem to want to shoot their mouth off on how they were trained in another
academy or department.
Many don't realize how important attitude plays in
this job; especially in the academy and probation that follows.
Last, too many paramedic firefighters are carrying their position of they're in
charge of patient care no matter what. Understand if you have crew members who
have been going on EMS calls for over twenty years, we have had to learn
something. If your officer tells you something, you had better get quickly
focused and ask him or her what they're seeing that you don't. You could be 100%
right and they will show you the door.
The main thing to remember is don't bring up getting fired in the oral board
unless they do. Too many candidates want to bring it up on their own trying to
justify their position and try to do repair work. Big error. You will only be
opening a can of worms than can't be closed.
If it is brought up or covered in your background, take responsibility for what
you think happened (you may never really find out why) what you learned, and how
it has helped you move forward in your career.
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