HOW TO AVOID GETTING RIPPED OFF


Thankfully this doesn’t happen often. Sometimes clients decide to outsmart the resume writer by stiffing him. Sometimes it works, but more often it doesn’t. Someone thought this the other day, so I mounted a defence with the following email.

Hello Buggernuts,

This is Mike Broderick, the resume guy emailing you. You will recall that I recently contracted with you to do your resume, and you now have a document that will allow you to begin your new career. For that, I usually charge $80, but for some reason we negotiated that down to $70. I have an expectation that I be paid – hopefully sooner than later.

I have a feeling that you are getting ready to stiff me for the amount. I have found that people who think about not paying are the ones that, first of all, seem to worry about how I was going to get paid. They want to see Pay-Pal or some other nonsense.  You asked me how I could avoid getting ripped off. I told you that much of what has to do with success in the employment realm has to do with old fashioned luck. Most people spend a lot of time luring luck out of hiding. I further told you that ripping off you’re your contractor would not be conducive to massaging luck. It is a question of Karma

Secondly, I they become invisible when it comes time to pay. They refuse all attempts to contact me.

Finally, when I do catch up with them, they say they don’t have any money, or that I charged too much, or that I didn’t do a good job, or finally, that they could have done a better job themselves.

You didn’t do a good job yourself. Yours wouldn’t have earned a job as a Wal-Mart Greeter.

Where are you on this scale?

I think you’re making a mistake in trying to piss me off. Please have a peek at my LinkedIn site. Do this by going to Linkedin.com and doing a search on Mike Broderick. You will note that I have over 1000 contacts, many of which could be helpful to your career. I could introduce you to them. Many of them are in large firms of lawyers and accountants.

Aside from being a resource, I could also be your nemesis through LinkedIn. Your career could be off to a shaky start if you have a reputation of someone who makes a deal, insists that the work be done in less than a couple of hours as it is needed yesterday, then welches on the deal.

Finally, you will also note that I am a bit of a networker myself – opting to make one-to-one contact. To that end, I am a member and an ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade, and I have contacts with the Burnaby, Surrey, and New West minster Boards of Trade, and the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce.

This means that I often attend networking meetings to drum up business for myself and for others. Often, I’m in a position to facilitate groups within different networking meetings. In my position, I know people in key positions in large corporations, and I am totally into making referrals of people I know to people I know. Why cut yourself off from that resource.

This might be embarrassing for you. Suppose as a junior accountant for a large company you are sent to the Vancouver Board of Trade to drum up a little business. Suppose again that you happen to land at a table facilitated by yours truly. You would be relying totally on my integrity not to spill the beans in front of everyone.

I urge you to reconsider pissing me off by stiffing me. It’s not too late. Here are some excuses you may find useful:

  • I lost my phone
  • I got too busy
  • I went skiing
  • I had to get laid
  • I had a problem getting the money together

Talk to me. Don’t get me pissed off. For a start, however, I think the many readers of my blog would like to read about this, but don’t worry. I won’t use your name … yet.

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 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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One Response to “HOW TO AVOID GETTING RIPPED OFF”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Go get them, Mike. Send out their resumes with a red flag attached.

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