Today marks my first day of unemployment from the Neil Squire Society where I have been modestly successful finding jobs for people with disabilities. I need to find work, as my other avocations are only part-time ventures at best.

On my last day of work, I cleaned off my desk. That enterprise took the assistance of a lift truck and a front end loader. I recycled most of the crap, and put the keepers in a small cardboard box. Tomorrow I will return my parking pass and pick up the two coffee mugs I inadvertently left behind.

It was a bitter-sweet day. Bitter because I was sad to leave because of a whim of government, and sweet because I really enjoy being unemployed. I enjoy the freedom of not having to answer to anyone as to whom I should speak while networking. I like seeing what other people are doing for work, and I like the idea of imagining what I would be able to do on whatever job companies may have.

For example, I had a client who wanted a position selling renovation services. The job would be estimating, quoting and generally selling from business generated by Mike Holmes of Home and Garden Network fame: Motto: Every time you watch me, you’ll pick up a hammer. (Renovation companies clean up on those who screw up Do-It-Yourself projects that probably didn’t need doing in the first place).

We exhausted all of the renovation companies, and I have no idea where the topic of janitorial supply companies came in. I called one. They had an opening for a sales person. Eventually I got around to sending my client’s resume, but he really wanted to see mine.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Why would a professional job developer stoop to being a sales person for a janitor supply company?”

Simple – Money.

A year ago, as the Spin Doctor, I delivered a resume to a gentleman who lived in a brand new house on Heritage Mountain in Port Moody. The houses there cost well in excess of $1 million. His job? An account manager for a janitor supply company.
Here are some of the things that I have done to stay connected during my period of disengagement from the labour market:
• I have renewed my membership in the Vancouver Board of Trade where I will continue in my efforts as an ambassador
• I have undertaken to mentor a couple of people likewise unemployed through my resume work
• I will be advertising to get more resume clients. I’ll start by contacting some of my old clients offering a deal on resume updates. I can start that today.
• Getting into the mindset of “Killing what I eat”

I know this sounds like a list of New Year’s resolutions. In this case, given today’s date, it is.

Getting ready to put a million dollars on a piece of real estate and a million dollar house on Heritage Mountain in Port Moody, this is Mike Broderick.

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 New Year! Apparently 22% of companies in the Greater Vancouver area will be hiring within the next month. Get your resumes ready.


4 Responses to “FROM GRIEF TO GRAVY”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Great job, as always. Good luck on the job hunt. Perhaps you can land a gig writing funny resumes.

  2. Deborah A. Sullivan (@mtdreamaker) Says:

    ♥ Follow your heart Mike …
    chase only after that which brings U joy …
    Best wishes …
    ~Much Love 2U …

  3. Sü Smith Says:

    A lot of people are going through similar situations as of recent. Good luck with things!!

    You may find this inspiring:

  4. Zoe Says:


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