Last summer I attended a seminar on the Labour Market. The facilitator asked whether anyone was ever successful finding a job using LinkedIn. I found my hand snaking its way up. Luckily he didn’t spot me, as I’m sure I would have taken up the rest of the morning with questions and answers.

I have been on Linked In for a few years now, and I have found it offers great potential as a job finding tool. It has literally millions of people interested in being helpful to each other with problems such as job location, opportunities for people who would probably never meet to converse and interact, and most importantly, and excuse for one to while one’s life away in front of a computer.

High Performance Coach Shawn Robinson from Salt Lake City, UT offers some ideas on how to do it in the Youtube video below that I swiped unceremoniously from one of my LinkedIn groups:

I used a different technique, combining a networking event at the Vancouver Board of Trade with Linked In to help a friend begin her exciting career as an interior designer.

My friend is a recent graduate of the Interior Design program at BC Institute of Technology. She is energetic, intelligent, and witty, but had no idea were to start looking.

Neither did I. All my knowledge of Interior Design comes from the Home and Garden Network where all the Interior Designers are energetic, intelligent and witty, and I have no idea what they’re talking about. When it comes to design, all my taste is in my mouth.

One day last year I went to a Vancouver Board of Trade event where I ran into my old friend, P.J who is the Sales Manager for a pace called Maple Leaf Storage. Several years ago, when I was a world famous archaeologist, I used Maple Leaf to store huge quantities of dirt. They were actually soil samples that I was going to split down to size. Some of them contained seeds of the plant Maianthemum dilatatum, or deer berry where the people at the mouth of the Pitt River in Port Coquitlam made jam from the posy. I made some myself. It tastes like red currant jelly.

I also used one of their freezing lockers to store road kill so I could build a reference skeletal collection. That worked out well until someone say my dead and frozen great blue heron eyeballing a neighbour’s steaks in the locker next door. But that’s a different story, and it involves a headless sea lion.

“So P.J.,” I asked, with visions of endless boxes of bagged dirt samples. “Who are your biggest customers?”

“Home stagers and interior designers,” he said.”

Suddenly, the secrets of the universe revealed themselves. I always believed the home stagers and interior designers would do individual shopping for their clients. That’s what the Home and Garden network would have us believe. They don’t. Designer guys buy that couch, rent that couch, use that couch and store that couch. That couch pays for itself and the storage of it over and over again.

Talk about passive income!

I asked P.J. whether he could introduce me to one of his Interior Design clients. A few days later, I received an email from an interior designer named Deepak . He invited me to join his network on LinkedIn.

We exchanged a few emails, and within a week, I was able to introduce him to my friend. They are now working together.

Up to last Friday, Mike Broderick WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he FOUND employment for people with physical disabilities.


He remains an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist and is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to alive magazine in Port Coquitlam. You can reach him at home at or at 604-464=4105

If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates .

Happy Christmas!



  1. zum shop Says:

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  2. Sharon Says:

    Loved it! #1 decorating rule for men – Put the toilet seat down!!!!!!

    Good luck on your job hunt.

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