The other night I had a dream that I was interviewing Ernest Hemmingway to write cover letters for hopeful job applicants. I began by telling Ernest that I like cover letters to be short and meaningful. Start by telling them why you’re writing the cover letter in the first place.

Start by saying,

In response t your recent posting for an Archaeologist/Fitness Instructor, I submit my résumé. I would like to be considered a qualified applicant for the position.

“That’s how I would start, Hem,” I said. “How would you do it?”

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”

Then I would go on to call attention to my résumé:

You will note that I have over 13 years experience as a field archaeologist, and over 20 years as a fitness instructor. I led large classes of pith helmeted diggers through rigorous sets of jumping jacks.

“How about that, Hem?” I say

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

“Hmmm,” I said.

Throughout my career, I have several academic papers published in archaeology, and a pack of fitness humour articles.


“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

Finally, I have superb oral and written communication skills

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. …For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.

“Hem,” I said. “You’re hired.

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there “aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look like.

He is 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, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net 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.



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