Where Are You Stuck?
“Nothing counts ‘til you have the badge . . . Nothing!”
“Getting the job of your dreams is like winning the lottery!” —Jerry Price, Firefighter
I get calls from candidates all the time telling me about all their wonderful credentials. They have been testing 3, 5 or 7 years, have been number 30 on this list, 22 on that list, volunteer firefighter, AA in Fire Technology, some medics and every certificate and merit badge you could imagine. I have to stop them before they get into warp speed with all their stuff. I do this with one simple statement: Do you have a badge? They go off again with more of their great stuff. I bring them back with “But, you do not have a badge? You are the bridesmaid. Never the bride.”
Why nothing counts ‘til you have the badge . . . Nothing!
Certainly, there are other things in life that are far more important than a badge; Family, health, friends, and happiness. The reason I use this slogan is that I often hear candidates who don’t have a badge use these excuses. I have education, experience, training, been a volunteer, bunked, and have a burning desire to get this job. Got degrees, certificates, have every merit badge everything you could think of, yada, yada, yada. None of this is going to matter if you don’t get a badge. You will still be the bridesmaid.
IF YOU CAN’T ANSWER YES TO THESE QUESTIONS, YOU WILL NEVER SEE A BADGE!
Take this simple test to check how you’re doing getting a badge
• Are you passing the written?
• Are you passing the physical ability?
• Are you passing the psychological interview?
• Are you preparing for your oral interviews (100% of the score)?
• Are you getting conditional job offers?
• Are you passing the medical?
• Are you passing the background?
• Are you passing the oral?
And are you subscribed to a service that notifies you when a department is testing?
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If you can’t answer yes to all these questions, you will never see a badge! Wherever you answer no, you cannot go to the next
step to gain a badge. Where are you stuck? Check out the appropriate sections of our program where you are stuck to gain the
information to get on with getting that badge.