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March 2019


Just wanted to update you that I have been hired by Surrey Fire Rescue Service with training starting in April 2019.

Thanks again for all your help, there is no way I could have done so well on my first competition without your services.   Recruit Firefighter Surrey

March 2018!

Hi Karen,

I was sent an email invitation to attend medicals for Vancouver Fire Rescue less than an hour ago, and just got off the phone with the hiring Captain of Vancouver. She offered me a job to start March 5th,2018 granted I pass the medicals next week. So feeling pretty excited about all that.Thanks for all the help. Really appreciate everything, you’ve been a huge help. Just have to pass the medicals now.

Jan 2018 !

Hi Karen,

Good Morning Karen, Hope everything is going great. Just wanted to let you know I received a job offer as a Vancouver Firefighter, with the City of Vancouver! Thank you so much for helping me with the interview I wouldn’t have got here without you. Dream come true! Have a great week. Jan 2018

Burnaby Hire – 2017!

Hi Karen,

I got the position with Burnaby! I started in January and am about 10 weeks in to my probationary year.Thank you for all of your help throughout the past year – I will definitely send others your way in the future.Hope you are doing well.

Hi Karen,

I actually got the position with Burnaby Fire Rescue.   I started in January and am about 10 weeks in to my probationary year. Thank you for all of your help throughout the past year – I will definitely send others your way in the future. Hope you are doing well.Burnaby Fire Rescue Recruitment– 2017

July 2015 Burnaby !

Hi Karen,

Thank you so very much for your help with the interview process with Burnaby Fire Department. I practiced and kept a binder and had multiple answers for each question and situation. I studied information on the department as well as practise interview questions. It all paid off and today I received a call back to the next step in the process. I thank you so much for your help and really appreciate it.

August 2013 Vancouver Fire Rescue !

Hello Karen,

I was successful in my VFRS interview, made it through the next steps, and was offered employment last week for the September 9th recruit class! I just wanted to say thanks for your help and input, it definitely helped me throughout the entire process and better equipped me for the interviews.

April 2013!

Hi Karen,

Just wanted to let you know I signed papers with Vancouver Fire Rescue last Wednesday! I want to thank you for your help with prepping for my interview. I was fully prepared and they told me as soon as it was done that it was a good interview and I could expect to hear from them. There will be 14 of us on the 06 May to 07 Jun recruit training.

March 2011!


I just found out Friday that the interview went well and I was selected to Victoria’s Eligibility List! I was very excited to get this news. The SKYPE session definitely helped me prepare for the interview. I want to thank you for helping me prepare and reaching the next step in the process of earning my badge.

December 2010!


I just want to write and thank you again for the resume and cover letter. I recently had a meeting with the T.O. and took my resume and cover letter along. He looked at it and said “this is the most impressive resume Ive seen in a while”. So with that said, I would say you did a great job!

When I decided to pursue a career in the fire service, Karen Smith Hanney came highly recommended from friends who had been successfully hired on with various departments. Karen offers a full service career workshop starting with your resume and application, right through to interview coaching and firehall culture. Karen helped me successfully navigate two hiring processes which ended in me signing with my department of choice. Karen is exceptional at using your past life experience to help shape the image of employability that the fire service is looking for. At the interview coaching stage she catches red flags in your answers, and helps you to better understand what they are looking for. This allows you to use your experiences to maximize your interview score and leave the best possible impression on the interview panel. Once again I cannot recommend Karen highly enough. She is a pleasure to work with and will be one of your greatest strengths when you apply for the fire service.

Vancouver Firefighter March 2018.

March 2018!

Hi Karen,

Just wanted to thank you again for all your help with my interview preparation. It paid off and I was offered a nod with Surrey Fire Department and will be starting in May. Thanks again.

Feb 2018!.

Hi Karen,

Just wanted to let you know that I got hired by Surrey Fire Rescue for the class starting May 7, 2018!I wanted to thank you for all your help with the interview prep over the years – it really made a difference.

Dec 2017 !

Hi Karen,

I wanted to let you know that I was successful with Vancouver Fire Rescue and I start in the first recruit class in January 2018. Thanks again for all the help with my resume and interview coaching. I will definitely continue to put your name out there!! Vancouver Probationary Firefighter

Surrey Firefighter Recruitment 2017

Hi Karen, just wanted to let you know that I got hired by Surrey Fire.  I wanted to thank you for all your help with the interview preparation and guidance over the years, it really made a difference. Thanks a lot!

Toronto Probationary Firefighter 2017

Good day Karen,

I could not thank you enough for your professional assistance. Your experience and patience assisted me in many ways to be hired on to a Career Fire Department as well as improving my own self development. With your help, I can speak with confidence, competence, and compassion in any conversation with no feeling nervous hesitation. This is a life-long learning experience, but your services have given me a baseline and foundation to carry myself throughout my career. I would like to thank you. My recruit class begins in October 2017 with the City of Toronto for which I am grateful of. Your help has given that to me. Always will have you in my mind!

December 2013!

Hey Ruby,

I wanted to let you know that I landed a job with Richmond
Fire Rescue. Thank you so much for all of your help during our SKYPE SESSIONS. I really appreciated it. I am so excited and I wanted to make sure to thank you, you were a big help.

May 2013!

RMSI Interview RCMP,

I just wanted to thank you for all your encouragement and help in prepping me for the RMSI interview. Of course they don’t give you your score but he said I was satisfactory on three answers and exceeded expectations on the rest of the questions. I felt far better with the behavioural questions.
Hope all is well with you. Again thank you for giving me confidence and the ability to talk about myself and achievements. RCMP Member

August 2012!

Dear Karen,

I want to start out by thanking you for all of the help you have provided me, to help me get my dream job of becoming a Vancouver Firefighter. I greatly appreciate all of the time you spent helping me with my resume, improving my interview skills, giving me confidence and all of the insight you have given me through the whole process. I really could not have accomplished this without you and your support.

Feb 2011!

Hey Ruby,

I had a Skype session with you right before my interview with Surrey Fire Service a few weeks ago and you asked if I could let you know how it turned out. I got the job! Thanks so much for your help in preparing for the interview! Hope all is well with you,

Hey Karen

I was just writing you to let you know that I did get the job and I am very thankful for all your help. Thank you for all your help I will be recommending you for anyone I know that is looking for an interview coach. Trades related job applicant