At some point in your life, you will be lucky enough to land a job interview. If you have a resume that I built, you will end up with several interviews. Your task then is to convert the interview into a job.

Words will get you part way there.  You have practiced all the interview questions and you can roll the appropriate answers off your tongue like nursery rhymes, and after the interview, you’re all set with a thank you note – your last chance to sell yourself to the employer.

You even bought a new shirt for the occasion. It is a dress short, of course and it is wrapped with lots of cardboard inserts and three million pins designed to make you bleed out and die at the perspective employer’s interview  table if you miss one.

You may think that because the shirt is right out of the package, you don’t need to iron it. You’re wrong. There are factory produced wrinkles pre-set into material guaranteed to make you resemble Freddy the Freeloader as you respond to, “Tell me a little bit about yourself.”

You need to iron that shirt. Here is how to do it. Don’t be afraid. With practice you will be showing off your manly domesticity. Here’s how to iron that shirt.

1. Get an iron.

You can get the Rolls Royce of irons from a Wal-Mart for under $40 that will do bicely

2. Commandeer the kitchen table.

If you don’t have an ironing board, clean all the nacho crumbs abd gravy splatters off the kitchen table and use it. Cover it with a white towel to avoid the embarrassment of showing up at your interview with melted table lacquer on your shirt

3. Iron the collar.

Remember that it’s the inside of the collar that everyone sees. Make sure the wrinkles are gone

4. Iron the cuffs.

Make them nice and crisp.

5. Iron the yoke.

That’s the part that goes across the shoulders. If you iron that now, everything falls into place.

6. Iron the side panels.

When you get to the pockets, iron diagonally from the bottom to the top. That way you can avoid ripping it.

7. The sleeves.

Run the iron point first  from the shoulder to the cuffs. That way you get a smart crease fron the middle of the yoke to the cuff.

8 The Back.

Iron all the wrinkles out of the back.

This is about as sharp as your shirt is going to get. Too bad I didn’t take time to show you how to iron your briefs, but you can get that off the Internet.


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.
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 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.




5 Responses to “HOW TO IRON A SHIRT”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Important info told in such a funny way. Good job, Mike!

  2. cathyturney Says:

    It takes a real man to iron! Very humorous story, Mike!

  3. Ric Says:

    Thanks Mike for the amusing and yet profound article.

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