I have often been asked, “Hey Mike, Where is the best place to find a job?”

Whenever I’m asked this, I think about a character named Rancid Crabtree who was devised by the mine of one of my favourite writers – Patrick F. McManus. Crabtree once proclaimed, “The two best times to go fishin’ are when it’s raining and when it ain’t.”

I use this analogy to tell people “The two best places to find a job are where you are and where you should be.”

The last person to ask me this was a client who wanted a résumé done as quickly as possible. This was last evening on the eve of the Superbowl.

“You want to have it on hand for a Superbowl party, don’t you?” I said.

“You’re crazy,” He said. “You can’t get a job at a Superbowl Party. People go there to have a good time – not find work, and I’m not passing out my résumé while everyone is having a good time. Getting a job is work – not a good time.”

“You’re right,” I said. “You shouldn’t have it at the party, you’ll slop beer and barbecue sauce all over it. Nobody wants to see your résumé when it’s all gummed up with barbecue sauce, but you should have it on hand, such as in the trunk of your car so you can easily reach it. You’ll never know when someone might see you as the solution to his labour problem.”

I went on to tell him about some of the peculiar places I have inadvertently found a job. For example, years ago my dad died, and I was called upon by the family to write and read the eulogy. When I finished, and everyone joined us for sandwiches and coffee, the HR person where the old man worked as a tugboat captain, asked to see my resume – thinking that I was destitute and perhaps I would like a job in her office. At that time I was a social worker (and destitute) however I kept her in mind for future reference. I had a client that was looking for a position as an office worker. I put the two of them together. There aren’t that many people that can proclaim they found a job at their father’s funeral.

I also got a date out of that event!

Here are some other places I have found positions either for myself or a client:
• At the gym
• At one of my fitness classes
• At any Board of Trade meeting
• At the pub
• At any career fair
• At school
• After teaching something
• After learning something
• While washing your car (When you’re finished that one, you can wash mine!)
• When you’re volunteering to dig a ditch
• When you’re volunteering to lay a concrete patio for a friend and scribing obscenities into the wet concrete
• After playing an exciting game of broomball

The bottom line is that you need to tear yourself away from the computer and all the websites. You need to interact with people. Don’t be ashamed to tell people you’re looking. Don’t be afraid to accept advice. And, above all, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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 résumé 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 résumés ready.



  1. Sharon Says:

    Great advice. When I carry my resume around no one asks for it. They ask when I don’t have it.

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