Don't Do the Stupid Guy Thing!

While I was on vacation, I met a CDF firefighter in a store. I introduced myself as "Captain Bob". He said I've heard of you. You're the guy who has the oral board program. My fire academy buddy Wes took your program. Wes said you made the difference in getting hired.

I remembered Wes. He got a badge on his second test. He really wanted to work for it was for the city. The first test he took called him to offer him a job after he was hired. Not bad the first time out.

Anyway, I asked this guy how it was going at CDF? He was tired of this seasonal job. He had placed 140 in Reno, 42 in Chico etc. This guy had great credentials.

I know it's a guy thing, but it still puzzles me. Here's a guy who's buddy has the same credentials as he has. He nails a badge almost immediately, tells him what made the difference; the road map how to get there and this guy, like many other candidates, is still out there stuck beating his head against the wall trying to find a real job.

My point here is to get your attention and encourage you to "Take the poison early" and stop doing the guy thing. Get some quality training on the most important part of the hiring process . . . The oral board.

Here's a recent testimony:

I have been working for a small department for 9 years. All of this time, I've tried to get hired by a larger department that had more opportunities, pay and benefits for my family. I got so discouraged, I would only test for certain departments because I thought I was too old.

When one of our newer firefighters was hired by a department I also tested for, I asked him what he had done. He handed me one of "Captain Bob's" flyers. Skeptical, I Got the program. I couldn't believe it when I had the best interview ever the very next test! I felt like I was conducting the interview. I knew what was coming next.

For the first time in 9 years, I'm now in he hiring process for another city. I now know it was my poor oral board skills that kept me from getting hired. What took me so long? I thought I could do it myself.

I'm a rookie again, Steve

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

"Captain Bob"

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Fire "Captain Bob" Smith has coached countless entry level and promotional candidates to get their badge. He is a retired 28-year Hayward, Ca. Captain, speaker/author of the audio/video program "Conquer the Job Interview," the book "Fire Up Your Communication Skills" ISBN 09657620-6-8 and a member of the prestigious National Speakers Association. You can book him as a speaker or get a copy of his books and tapes by calling toll free at 888-238-3959.

E-mail: captbob@verio.com  Web site: http://www.eatstress.com