A One Page Resume A resume. Yes, you need one. It is pretty much mandatory for any job you would ever want. But, here is the trick – KISS. You have heard that before. It means, Keep It Short and Sweet. When you put your thoughts together for your resume, write it believing the raters won’t go past the first page. I am telling you the truth here. Be concise. Be direct. Be factual. You can put any supporting details, documents, certificates, and if it will help you sleep better, any letters of recommendation following the first page. But, note that [...]
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Do I Need a Letter of Recommendation? If just one thing is true, it is this. The ORAL is unlike any interview you have ever experienced. I am telling you the hard, cold facts when I tell you this. A letter of recommendation as it applies to the interview process is just one area where the difference is obvious. You may think it will help to have letters of recommendation from prominent people, such as a former Police Chief, Priest, or other firemen in the area. You may feel this is a HOOK and that it will carry weight. But, [...]
Commit To Your Career Over the years, we have helped thousands – yes, thousands – earn the badge. At eatstress.com, we work with candidates through not only private coaching but also guide them along when they choose a more independent route. We hear from candidates when they succeed. We hear from candidates when they feel they have hit a wall. And, we can help them turn the corner. Here is what I mean. Hello Capt. Bob, I have read a lot about you on the "perfect firefighter" site. And, after visiting your site, I feel confident that you can help me. [...]
The Unique Oral Board For many people, job interviews can be tough. Whether a seasoned corporate worker bee looking for something new, or a kid fresh out of school, interviews can be very tricky. This truism applies to applicants working to earn their badge. Let me explain what I mean. First and foremost, the corporate interview is very different than the interviews you will experience as you work towards your Firefighter’s badge. And, as a matter of fact, many with loads of interview experience in the corporate world are stunned and baffled that they don't have high scores on their [...]
A Seat At The Table In my 40 plus years in fire service, I have seen this as a constant question. And, a great question. WHO GET A BADGE? WHO GETS A SEAT AT THE TABLE? Let me tell you the cold, hard truth right here and right now. Getting this job has nothing to do with how great a firefighter you are. It has nothing to do with how great a firefighter you could be. It has everything to do with how ell you take the tests. Believe it or not, this is the truth. Is this right? Is [...]
Practice Makes Perfect At eatstress.com, our goal is to help as many as possible live their dream and earn their firefighter’s badge. It’s that simple. With 40 plus years of experience, we have helped dreams come true for thousands. After all, we all know that being a firefighter is a front row seat at the greatest show on earth. Before we go any further, let me ask you a question. Did you mom, or a teacher, or a coach ever tell you that practice makes perfect? Well, they were right. Again, and again, we encourage candidates to take as many test [...]
Remember - It’s for the Experience Every day, those of us at eatstress.com have the chance to change lives. And, to be completely honest, my son, Rob, and I are very grateful. It is an incredible feeling to be able to help so many live their dream. Here's another situation I would like to share. In doing so, I hope I encourage you to see your own struggles are not insurmountable. If you have the desire to be a firefighter, we can help you live your dream. Meet Dave. I encouraged Dave to test anywhere he could. This would give him practice [...]
The Possibilities Are There – If You Are Willing All too often, we hear candidates say they only want to work for a particular department or in a certain area like their hometown. And, when they test outside their area of interest, they are adamant that they would never work there if offered a job. Volunteers hang their hopes on one day being a paid member of their department. They hang on so long that with these coastal or central valley departments, that they miss great opportunities. Before they realize it, they are too old, don't have the exposure, or education. And, their department [...]
Dreams Do Come True – When Prepared Having over 40 plus years in fire service, I can brag and tell you that I know a thing or two. I hear from candidates every day about their struggles and difficulties scoring high enough to get the job done. With our program, we work to help them discover what is holding them back and what needs to be overcome in order to get them the badge. One candidate emailed me the following: I didn't realize how incredibly dead in the water I was. You see, I thought my answers to the oral [...]
Which Path Will You Take? In our last four academies, we hired 39 medics and 12 firefighters. Here was the thinking….our department wanted a medic at each station. As a result, we were down about 25-30 people. And, we didn’t hire all medics because medics weren’t the people who were retiring. The long and short is that we didn’t need everyone to be a medic. We just needed some to be medics. Here is what happened. When I asked around to find out which of the 51 people had a degree, no one knew. You see, at least with my [...]