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How do you get over the experience hurdle?

Discussion in 'Pre-Hospital [ EMS ]' started by renebene, Apr 12, 2004.

  1. renebene

    renebene New Member

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    I got certified as an EMT-B a year and a half ago but then moved to a different state and could not get reciprocity. I decided to go ahead and get my intermediate certification and I finished that about three months ago. I really want to get a job working in EMS but no one will hire me because I don't have any experience. How am I ever supposed to get any experience if I can't get a job? Did any of you have this problem? How did you get your first job?
     
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  3. EMT036

    EMT036 MS-III/AEMT/Rescue Diver
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    Started out at a volunteer corps first for the experience, then was able to move onto a paid job.
     
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    beanbean 1K Member
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    I agree - volunteer!
     
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    Yep, me too! BTW - get every training class you can from your volley squad. Not only will it help the CV, but the contacts you make are priceless in a job hunt...

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  6. niko327

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    Are there any EMS services in your area that just do transport work only (ie. hospital discharges and nursing home contracts etc) ? If there is, these places tend to hire brand new EMT's. This job usually isn't the most exciting, but there is a HUGE amount you can learn about medicine if you're interested. Good Luck.
     
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    Apollyon Screw the GST
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    You didn't get reciprocity, but you got your EMT-I? How did you do that? Did you go back to the other state, or what?
     
  8. EMT036

    EMT036 MS-III/AEMT/Rescue Diver
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    See thread re: nursing homes -- You'll get experience on how badly health care can be delivered...
     
  9. EMT036

    EMT036 MS-III/AEMT/Rescue Diver
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    Some EMT-P programs will take anyone off the street, no EMS experience required. I am sure there must be some EMT-I programs that do the same.
     
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    i went and bugged the life out of the nearby ER until they hired me. I've been there 2 years now and ride with MAST in my free time. I'm thinking of going on to get a FT job with MAST though. if people stop shooting them. :(
     
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    vollie vollie vollie. A) it's some experience till you get a paid job B) EMS is a very small world: you'll run into someone who has a hook and can get you hired somewhere. i.e. the more someone who may do the hiring sees you - the more they can put a face to a job app.
     

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