Let’s face it; applying for fire isn’t cheap these days. You want to take every opportunity to make yourself stand out. If you want to be noticed, you have to customize every cover letter for every service you apply to.
Remember that Chiefs and HR are looking for people who are passionate, dedicated, loyal, and who appear to want a personal connection with their service. What better way to demonstrate this than by seizing a moment in your cover letter to show that you have spent time learning about their city and service.
Cover letterhead must-haves:
● Name of Chief.
● Reference, job ID, or position number.
● Name of service.
● Professional email address.
● Name of position, clearly stated (i.e. Probationary Firefighter, Career Fire Fighter etc)
First Paragraph: THE INTRODUCTION - OVERVIEW
Introduce yourself, briefly mention any recent, relevant experience, year of schooling (if applicable), why this service, and why you. We’ll use the next two paragraphs to illustrate these points and your resume to prove them.
Second Paragraph: THE MEAT - GIVE A STORY OR REASONS TO BACK UP THE ‘WHY YOU’ CLAIM.
What is it about this particular service that attracts you to it? Take points from your research and put them to work here. Some examples might be:
- Community initiatives / fundraising / outreach programs;
- Special teams (hazmat, water rescue, high angle rescue, etc.);
- Training and education (AED training, prevention);
- Service’s core values.
Write 2 to 3 sentences. This will show that you have put thought and time into learning about their service.
Third Paragraph: THE MEAT - GIVE A STORY OR REASONS TO BACK UP THE ‘WHY ME’ CLAIM.
What traits, experience or skills do you possess that would make you an excellent candidate? If you’re having trouble thinking of some, use the job description to get ideas. Matching your skills/experience with those in the job description would be a big bonus (their Applicant Tracking Systems particularly love it). Feel free to write a sentence and use bullet points if you have multiple examples of this trait. Give stories or statistics. Write 2 to 3 sentences.
Pro Tip: Keywords
Repeating the same language used in the job posting demonstrates that you were paying attention and that you care. This becomes especially valuable when mentioning CORE VALUES and COMPATIBLE CANDIDATE ATTRIBUTES.
Appeal to their ego: by being relatable, you become desirable.
Fourth Paragraph: THE CLOSER
Remind them what sets you apart from the other candidates - be confident, not arrogant. Show your excitement to work with their service and thank them for considering your application.
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