Getting your dream job or landing a promotion is unlikely to come easy. Gone are the days of being able to walk into the position you fancy. Particularly with the Fire Service, which is a hugely popular employer, there is a lot of competition. So the first question you need to ask yourself is, do you want it enough?
Earning your place with the FRS
If the answer is yes, then buckle up. Rome wasn’t built in a day and to get what you want you are going to have to work at it. Good things tend not to come easy! You know what NOT to do i.e. submitting your first go at an application form, not properly understanding the PQAs (note: understanding IS NOT the same as memorising them!), attending any selection tests without having practised.
But are there any opportunities you could be using, which you may be missing out on?
Making life easier
One of the most powerful, and under-used, tools out there is asking for help. Most of us like to help others when we are asked, but are surprisingly reluctant when we need help ourselves. Maybe we don’t like to impose, maybe we think we should be able to handle it alone. The silly thing is, we can’t be expected to be able to handle everything on our own, and with the best will in the world, some things are just a little bit beyond us. If we’d just asked for help we could have made life a whole lot easier. As it is, we only realise the error of our ways when we meet with disappointment or difficulty.
So what help do you need?
Asking the right people
At FRS Development, our job is to help you have the best possible chances of success. Of course the downside of asking us for help is that you have to pay for it. But there is usually a price to most things i.e. you ask a mate to help you move house, it’s only fair that you step up the next time their car breaks down!
Don’t want to pay?
It may be that to avoid paying for help you do decide to ask a friend or colleague. There is nothing wrong with that as long as you understand that they may not really be able to give you the help you need. Think about the last time you asked an amateur to cut your hair or bodge your electrics! We often hear from clients that they had previously asked a fire-fighter for their input, or a station officer, or even someone in the training department. None of these people know how the technicalities of how the selection processes are designed; nor are they are not experts in human behaviour (which is what is being assessed with many of the selection tests). By all means ask them for guidance on shuttle runs and ladder lifts- but don’t rely on their answers on effective performance of behavioural characteristics. As helpful as they will want to be, their best guess will still largely be a stab in the dark.