Job Search What To Expect
JOBS AT 9-1-1 Now that you have all this awesome knowledge and skill you will need to know about how to get a job at 9-1-1. You may also want to know what other types of jobs you can get with the training and knowledge you now have. Let's talk about all of this.
This link will take you to current jobs at 9-1-1. You can search in your state for these job titles: Dispatcher,Telecommunicator, 9-1-1 Operator, Call Taker, Public Safety Communications Oofficer, Communications Cispatcher, Communications Officer, Fire Communicator, EMD Dispatcher.
There are other job search sites such as NENA or Indeed.com. You can also go to your state and search for government jobs. Comm Centers are either city, county or state jobs with either police, fire, EMS or combined 9-1-1 Comm Centers.
OUT OF STATE JOBS Maybe when you graduate you can consider moving to another area or another state. Let's say you have family or friends in another area. You can always apply online to jobs and relocate if this would be your path. There are 9-1-1 agencies in every city, county and state. There are STATE PATROL dispatchers in every state and generally many locations scattered around the state. There are also Sheriff and that means they are county not city. There are fire departments and EMS agencies.
ALTERNATIVE JOBS You may want to consider alternative jobs that would consider your 9-1-1 education as a plus. Our students have many opportunities; ONSTAR, eCall, Private Ambulance, Life Flight, Parks Departments, Alarm Companies, Online Ordering, Routers, Trucking Companies, Taxis. Also police, fire and EMS clerks or non emergency for utilities for cities or county jobs.
WHAT IS THE TESTING LIKE
If you look at the minimum requirements you till learn a lot about what they are looking for. They may have a 'typing' requirement at 40 wpm so they may give you a typing exam.
They may use a common exam called Criticall so you should check out their demo online.
Many do a backgrounc check in the final stages and will call your refererence, make sure the info is correct.
They will for sure have an interview if your application was filled out correctly, no blanks and good information. You can bring in your portfolio, test scores and other information at the interview. As with any interview SMILE and be natural and friendly but professional. Also ask questions such as: how long before we are notified.
And take time at the end of an interview to thank them and tell them you are very excited to work with them and you are confident you have learned a lot but have much to learn from them.
If you are not chosen do not give up. We have hired people who have tried up to five times to get the job they want. You will learn from each time you apply.
So we wish you every success for the best career ever - 9-1-1.
WHAT IS THE TRAINING LIKE
Probationary times vary. You will be placed in a classroom at first and then assigned to a floor trainer. You won't know what shift you are on until the trainer is ready for you. You could be working days, nights or swing shift or maybe a middle shift. You will watch and eventually be put on the phones with your trainer behind montoring you. You will be given evaluations and have many chances to ask questions and learn the skills it takes. Since you have taken this course there is a lot you already know but keep that to yourself and just do good. A trainer never wants to hear "I know". You cannot be late to this training, you must show up early every day ready to learn. You cannot appear tired or disconnected during this time. You must be on your game for training.