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Topic:  First Impressions: Phone Messages and E-mail Addresses Newsletter #60 entry-level newsletter is about YOU BEING THE BEST - THE BEST PREPARED AND BEST INFORMED!

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2. Job Openings

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1.  Fire Prep Topics of Interest First Impressions: Phone Messages and E-mail Addresses

Many aspiring firefighters live together with their friends to cut down on expenses and help pay for their education (paramedic, etc.).

We recently conducted a prep class in which an opening occurred and we called the first person on the waiting list. The message on the phone was, "You have reached the house of Tim, Jim and Steve. We are unable to answer the phone because we are sitting around drinking beer and doing shots of Crown Royal. Leave your name and number, where we met you, and how drunk we were when we met you."

It might seem funny, but if that message was on the phone when a department called to bring you in for an oral interview or even a job offer, what do you think the officer would do? That also goes for cell phone messages and the fancy e-mail addresses that many applicants have. Many job applications require you to include your e-mail address as part of the process; be sure your e-mail address is professional.

The following is from Battalion Chief Steve Prziborowski on this subject...

Seriously, it is a big problem. Take a deep look and listen to your phone message (home phone, cell phone, etc.) and try to objectively think how a fire chief or other fire department representative) or a city personnel staff member would feel when they hear something inappropriate as such? You may think it is funny or cute or whate4ver, but once again, zoom out ten clicks and take a look at the big picture. It's not about you - it's about what others think about you. Yes, perception is someone else's reality. Is it worth missing out on a chance at the best career in the world? You make the call.

I've heard everything from someone sounding like they were Luther Vandross or Rico Suave trying to serenade you to take off your clothes, to someone who thought they were auditioning for Animal House, a rap video/cd or just paying homage to their favorite musician. This also goes for people who think it is cute to have their little ones leave the recording. It may be cute to you, but it can be quite annoying. The bottom line is that you never know who you may offend or annoy, and if you want to be successful, play it safe and, yes, sterile. "Hi, this is John. I am unable to come to the phone. Please leave a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Have a great day."

Isn't the best predictor of future behavior past behavior? Don't firefighters have to answer phones at the fire station and present themselves in the best light to the public? Just a thought.

If we're talking about phone messages, take a similar look at your e-mail address. It may seem funny or cute to you when you initially created it, but how does it look to an industry professional offering you a job? Stick to your first and last name and you typically can't go wrong.

Call it discrimination, call it personal opinion, call it creatively, or call it uniqueness, it doesn't matter. What matters is you learn from the successes and failures of others and make your own informed opinion.


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2. Job Openings, in conjunction with, will be bringing you job announcements for your review.  Since 1996, has been providing its members with the most comprehensive and accurate firefighter employment information available. We list complete hiring information and provide links to the Departments' websites and local area.

Every time we post a new listing, we verify the information and verify links to the department. We search newspapers all over the nation daily to provide you with the most current job listings available.

We also provide links to the city in which the department is located. This helps those who are interested in moving to another location to find out about the area. With this tool, you can check out housing, schools, cost of living and even entertainment options before you move anywhere.


Firefighter Job Openings:

Seguin, TX

Lufkin, TX

Gainesville, FL

St Bernard, OH

Charlotte, NC

Carrboro, NC

Seguin Fire Department
110 Elm Street

Seguin, TX 78155

Closing date: 12-10-2011

Seguin Human Resources Department
205 North River
Seguin, TX 78155

Lufkin Fire Department Ems
PO Box 190
Lufkin, TX 75902

Firefighter Entrance Examination
Closing date: 12-16-2011

Lufkin City Hall, Human Resources Department
300 East Shepherd Avenue, Room 226
Lufkin, TX 75902-0190
fax 936-633-0408
Phone number: 936-633-0228

Gainesville Fire Rescue Department
PO Box 490-34
Gainesville, FL 32602


Closing date: 12-02-2011

City of Gainesville
200 East University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
352-334-5077 Resources/EmploymentOpportunities

Saint Bernard Fire Department
5116 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45217

Firefighter Exam - Opens Nov 14, 2011
Closing date: 11-30-2011

St. Bernard City Hall
110 Washington Avenue
St. Bernard, OH 45217

Charlotte Fire Department
600 E. Fourth St. Cmgc Bldg 9th
Charlotte, NC 28202

Firefighter - Opens Nov 28
Closing date: 12-10-2011

Charlotte Fire Department
Recruitment Division
228 East Ninth Street
Charlotte, NC 28202-2851

Carrboro Fire Department
Po Box 829
Carrboro, NC 27510

Closing date: 12-23-2011

Town of Carrboro, Human Resources
301 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
Fax: (919) 942-9173 


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