Great question. I too had a hard time getting interviews when I worked in other industries. As a newly certified EMT it was much different. I had no trouble getting interviews and getting job offers. I will say it is a little tougher to get interviews/hired with ambulance companies that provide 911 service as opposed to companies that only provide inter facility transfers. That part of the field is a little more competitive. Another EMT job is working in the hospital. Hospitals have EMT’s in different departments but typically in the ER. This type of EMT job is also very competitive and is tougher to get interviews. Overall, I’m confident that once you are certified you will get interviews and get hired.
Best of luck to you!
Paul recommends the following
Always apply in person (when possible, some applications have to be done online). That way you can start making connections with your future coworkers, and you’ll get comfortable with the surroundings, driving to the location, and most importantly the people you may be interviewing with.
Always dress to impress. I always wore a suit and tie even if it was to just apply in person or to drop off a resume. Also, be clean! Shave, shower, comb your hair, in other word look the part! Patients want to see someone comforting and confident not someone who looks like they just rolled out of bed. Employers will want these types of employees as well.
Even if you don’t have your EMT certificate yet, do a “dry run”. What I mean is drop into the headquarters for an ambulance company or hospital close by and introduce yourself, example “Hi, my name is James and I’m taking and EMT course right now. I just wanted to introduce myself and see if you’ll be hiring EMT’s in the near future. If you drop in at the right time they may ask for a resume and want to know more about you. Don’t be disappointed if they don’t as they are trying to run a business and things can get busy sometimes. Nevertheless it makes a great first impression, allows you to experience going to a potential employers place of business, and will prepare you for when you have your certificate and are ready to apply.