Resume Basics for Contract Work

What up homies,

So you've seen the news. A massive (insert disaster here) has occurred or is about to occur. AMR was already blowing up your email about their upcoming dEpLoYmEnT because they caught the money first. You don't want to miss the boat either, because running IFT calls where you live isn't fun enough, why not do it where there is no power, and you sleep on a cot in an evacuated high school, still working for AMR?

Fear not, moistlings. 

Below is a brief, basic, resume outline that you can use to shoot off to prospective employers for (insert upcoming disaster or emergency here). Obviously, your experiences will not line up perfectly with the example resume, but the objective is to get across that you are qualified for this type of work. You do that by highlighting a handful of positions that required hard work, attention to detail, teamwork, and leadership, especially those in emergency situations (EMT, wildland firefighter, etc) during austere conditions (military, offshore, wildland). 

You don't need to explain to a hiring manager what an EMT/security guard does. This is their world, they completely understand it. However, your resume may be going to the "prime", or to the end client. Having a brief sentence to explain what you did in those positions, and for how long, will only help if that's the case. They likely will be thumbing through hundreds of resumes from people that want to be CoNtRaCtOrs, so keeping it short and sweet with the shit that matters is what is important. 

Keeping a consolidated list of quals/certs on the resume, as we have done, will help make the difference between them putting you in a "call" folder, or laughing at how much you suck and sending you to the trash. 

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(Don't let this be you)

 

You often times won't be informed who the "client" is until you are on the ground, and even then, very well may be signing an NDA. We will get into that later on though. You will generally be submitting your information to the "prime" who is facilitating all of this on the clients behalf. Sometimes, the contract is large enough, that the prime has another company working for it, using their network to get qualified applicants on behalf of the prime. When this happens, the client may have agreed to pay the prime $800 a day, and they in turn are advertising positions at $550 a day (factor in the costs of your travel, food, lodging, equipment, and profit for them) and a secondary company is advertising spots at $400 a day. Worry about getting there and getting on the ground. The business is cut throat, and everyone is here to get paid. 

Our advice for this resume is to fill it out the best you can. If you find yours to be lacking, you are probably right. Perhaps instead of working OT on the ambo, you can knock out your guard card, get a CCW, and work a security gig on your off day(s). Doing this will differentiate you from another EMT applying to what is really a security contract, from a security qualified individual who happens to be an EMT. Companies WILL generally take someone with their EMT and 1 year of security over someone with 3 years of security and no other skills. Why? Because they are sending people into potentially dangerous situations, generally due to the chaos that immediately follows large areas being nailed by storms. 

There are lots of EMT's. There are lots of security guards. There are lots of people that have a valid passport. There are not many that have all three, are in decent shape, and able to leave within 2-3 days notice. Because of that, the $14/hour security guard or EMT suddenly can earn $350-$500 a day. 

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