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Jason Hoevelmann's Blog – January 2014 Archive (5)

Don't Downplay Your Down Time

We know we don't spend every waking hour at the firehouse running calls or training or working out. There typically is some down time during your shift or rotation.

As a prospective officer candidate and informal leader, what you do with your down time can make a huge difference in how you are perceived and what separates you from others interested in promoting up.

I have seen firefighters spend hours on end looking on the internet for cars, car parts, campers, motorcycles and…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 23, 2014 at 1:58pm — No Comments

The Good, The Bad, And the Insignificant

In the last post I provided a short list of how to be an attractive candidate for promotion to company officer. I can’t overstate how important it is to build a complete body of work as a firefighter and building the respect based on how you handle yourself everyday. One of the items in my list is to learn not just from good or well liked officers, but also learn from the poor leaders and officers.

I would argue that an astute firefighter that really pays attention could learn more…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 20, 2014 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Make Your First Job First

This is the third post on making yourself an attractive prospect for promotion. These are just quick tips that I have had passed on to me and things that I look for as one who has been on intreview boards for promotional processes. This list in no way gaurantees a promotion nor does it contain everything you might want to consider. But, those that have used these and paid close attention have had good luck.

In the first post we provided a list of things for consideration when trying…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 17, 2014 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Make Yourself Attractive, And I Don't Mean Pretty!

This will the be the first of many posts that will lead into an Ebook that I'm working on and an online academy that will be rolled out later this year. We will start with one of the most common questions I get about being a company officer, however, it can be used for promoting up from company officer to chief officer as well.

"How do I make myself a strong candidate for promotion?"

Well, there is not any singular answer to this and each situation is unique in many cases.… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 12, 2014 at 1:29pm — 3 Comments

Here's to a New Year's Revolution for 2014!

As we ring in this new year we will be inundated with well wishes and "Happy New Year" for the next few days as we run into friends and family. We will also discuss everyone's resolutions that seemingly are very similar to those of the prior year but weren't quite reached.

This year I say we start and sustain a Revolution in the fire service for 2014!

I say we revolt against mediocrity in our profession!

I say we revolt against complacency in our profession!

I… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 1, 2014 at 11:17am — 1 Comment

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