A career in the EMS field is both exciting and challenging. But how does one get their foot in the door? In such a tight economy, it can be difficult to find a job. There aren’t as many openings as there once was, and there are more applicants than ever. Luckily, EMTs and Paramedics are always in demand, and their skill and talent cannot be outsourced. The job market is still tough in any field, but there are steps you can take to set yourself apart from other EMT job applicants. Two of the most important things you can do are to volunteer, and stay current with continuing EMT training.
Seek out as many EMT volunteer opportunities as you can. Volunteering not only bolsters your resume and makes you attractive to prospective employers, it also enhances your EMT skills because it gives you the chance to put your EMT skills to practice. Getting hands-on EMT experience is key. Employers want to hire EMTs who know what they are doing because they have done it before. A perfect EMT volunteer opportunity is Unitek Education’s Trauma Sunday. The only EMT training event of its kind in the Bay Area, Trauma Sunday is an integral part of EMT Boot Camp training at Unitek Education, and is also open to the public. People interested in entering the Emergency Medical Services Field are encouraged to watch Unitek Education EMT students in action. Spectators get to experience a real emergency response and air rescue simulation.
Stay on top of your continuing EMT education. EMTs and Paramedics must recertify their NREMT every two years. Your National EMS Certification is one of the most important EMT certification you can obtain. Holding your EMT certification demonstrates that you meet the national standards of the EMS training for the EMS profession.
Start volunteering as an EMT (if you haven’t already) and continue learning everything related to the EMT field, through Continued Education, EMT classes, EMT programs, and more, and you will be setting yourself up for success in an EMT career.