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Writing a Resume
The most important thing to know about getting a wildland firefighter job is to know how to get a job. Before you can get a job, you need to “get a foot in the door.” A good resume will make a supervisor consider hiring you.
Below is a resume tailored for a fire science instructor position at a local community college.
More detailed information about writing a resume is at Purdue University's Online Writing Lab
1. A printed resume should look professional, with a clean design
and bullet points under the main headings. You will mail, fax or
hand-deliver this only if the job announcement asks you to do so.
Your resume can be uploaded as an electronic file in AVUE Digital
for Forest Service jobs.
Figure 2. For online applications like USAJOBS, you will cut-and-paste your resume into a text box. All of the fancy formatting will get lost — so headings should be identified with all-capital letters instead of a larger, bold font. In this example, the arrow bullets are replaced with the ">" sign, and blank lines are added to make it easier to read.
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