This week was a stressful one for me. I have boosted up my job search activities by telling one of my classes about an interview I had with one of the two Health Authorities in the area. It was for an interesting position where I would be marketing clients with significant barriers for employment.

It was a position I am accustomed to doing, and only modesty would prevent me from saying I would do it well.

I told this to one of my classes, and a participant offered to act as a reference for me. He wrote a wonderful letter and emailed it from his office.

“Uh-oh, “ I said to myself as I read the letter he cc’d to me. It turned out that my reference was actually oversaw the program where I interviewed, and in fact, my interviewers worked for him. That type of coincidence doesn’t happen often – at least to me. I worried about how the interviewers would take it.

They could reason that, “That Mike character is a bit of a bully. This letter might say that he is ordering us to hire him or he’ll haul out the heavy artillery and have us all fired. “

That, of course wouldn’t happen. What I hope they’re thinking is, “Wow! That Mike character is really well connected. If he can pull a reference like that out of one of his fitness classes, think of what he could do with our clients.”

They, of coures, could also completely overlook my application and all the wonderful answers I gave them at the interview.

That was too stressful. So I went for a swim in my local pool. Swimming is good for you as I proved in an alive magazine article I wrote a few years ago that you can enjoy now at

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



  1. energywriter Says:

    You have a new job! Good going, Mike.
    Couldn’t access the swim site. The address didn’t turn blue.

  2. NHSEO voucher Says:

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