It is nearing the time that I am able to apply for EMS jobs and have been told by a lot of EMS pilots to call or visit the base I desire and talk to them first, or at least in addition to applying online. I have found a few jobs at bases that I am interested in, but cannot find any contact information. I am looking specifically with Air Methods. How can I find contact information for these bases? Additionally, if I did contact these bases, who would I talk to? The pilot on duty? Are there regional hiring managers that I can email or talk to? Is this even the right approach?
I don't really like the idea of applying for a position online and waiting. I am also about 80 days away from being able to be hired. I would like to be able to convey my position, and talk about the bases individually, especially in regards to how fast they need a pilot, and if they would be willing to wait 80 days.
If you are in the area, come on by. There are jerk EMS pilots, but the ratio is about the same as in the population at large. If you encounter one on your visit, strike that base from your list. Jerks are hard to work with long term...
Don't come first thing in the morning (I'm busy with millions of details that accumulated since I signed out) or late afternoon/early evening unless you want to watch me leave. If you want to be a pilot, talk to the pilot on duty. If I'm busy, I'll tell you. Otherwise, I like talking about flying, my job, etc. You might even talk with med crew, base mechanic, see the bird- little details that might make a difference.
You didn't get within striking distance of this job by sitting on your hands. Don't sit on your hands now, 80 days is no time.
My base hasn't had an open position filled by a new hire in 13 years- me. My boss, on the other hand, is a good guy (for a management puke) who might need you elsewhere.