How I Landed a Flight Medic Job

Posted On: Tue, Jan 2, 2018 3:50 PM

In 2015, after years of preparation, I landed the job of my dreams working as a rotor-wing flight paramedic. During my time practicing critical care medicine flying over mountains and deserts, I have never once had a day where I felt as if I was "just going to work”. The career of a flight paramedic is one many dream of, and for good reason. There have been few times in life where I have felt more stretched and more rewarded than when flying. The way one steps into this career, however, is not well documented.

There are a few basic requirements one must meet before being eligible to apply for most flight jobs. The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) has set the requirement that any medical provider must have a minimum of three years experience prior to being hired by an accredited agency. Many of the best and safest flight agencies in America are accredited by CAMTs, though companies may operate without this accreditation. It is also required that licensure is held in the state or states in which one will be based, or at least meet qualifications to become licensed. Finally, some require that critical care certification is held prior to being hired or be attained within a certain time period.

After applying, assuming one is invited to test, candidates generally go through a rigorous process of examination. The process I went through involved a written test and oral board. Though I can only speak to this test, I assume most other exams...

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Creating a Cover Letter

Posted On: Wed, Dec 6, 2017 4:04 PM

Chris Hunt, Ret. Divison Chief and EMT-P

Introduction

A friend sends you a text to tell you about a job opening that you might be interested in and tells you that you should check it out.  You find the job announcement and begin to read through it.  You start to get really excited because this is the place you have always wanted to work, and did you see the starting pay??  Before you start working on your resume and cover letter I recommend that you read carefully through the rest of the job announcement at least twice to look for two things – 1) identify all of the steps you are required to complete (make a list), and 2) find two or three things that they are looking for that you can emphasize in your accomplishments on your resume and cover letter.

In a separate post, discuss some ways to improve your resume so that you have a better chance of making it to the next step in the process.  As the former hiring manager for a fire department that operates a transport ambulance, I have seen a lot of cover letters.  To generalize, most cover letters just say “I really, really want to work for you.“  What they don’t tell the employer is why they think they are the right person for the job.  In this article, we will focus on ways to improve your cover letter. 

The Cover Letter

The cover letter, sometimes called a letter of interest, is a way for you to tell the employer who you are and why you are a good fit for the position they are trying to fill.  This actually...

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An Effective Resume in the EMS Field

Posted On: Wed, Dec 6, 2017 4:02 PM

Chris Hunt, Ret. Divison Chief and EMT-P

Introduction

A career as an EMT or Paramedic can be very rewarding and very challenging at the same time.  Some choose to focus completely on providing medical care while working for an ambulance company.  Others diversify their efforts and include fire and rescue work into the mix.  Either way, the balance of challenge and reward keeps most prehospital caregivers in a constant state of learning, staying current on new ways to help other people and to be the best at what they do.  However, landing the job you really want can be challenging.

If you are like most people, you have two or three companies or organizations that you believe would be the perfect place to work.  They have great leadership, great people working there, great equipment, and great pay and benefits.  The bad thing is that there are a ton of other applicants that feel the same way you do.  So how can you improve your chances of making it to the top of the candidate list?

After managing numerous hiring processes for an EMS transporting fire department, I can tell you that there are a ton of great candidates wanting to get hired, but you and I both know there are a limited number of positions available.  In order to be considered for the position, you must separate yourself from the rest of the group through every step of the hiring process, including your resume and cover letter.  This is the first of those.

The Resume

A resume is one of the...

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