Possibly the toughest thing to do for anyone waiting for the call to come in and start working after the interview is waiting for the call to come in and start working after the interview. You write your thank you note, you make that follow-up call, and you sweat. Still no call.

A couple of weeks ago I gave a list of things that you could do, but they all led to one place – forgetting about it and moving on.

The day I had my interview to work at Fraser Health for the position I eventually accepted and where I am still working, I had another interview. There I was asked a rather unusual question. “What,” one of a panel of four asked, “Did you do to prepare for the interview today?”

I suppose she wanted an answer that included researching the agency, looking up the principal people and learning ways to get them on my side, and checking to see what other agencies said about them on social network.

I answered nothing of the sort. Instead, I told them I got up early that morning and had an interview with Fraser Health.

“Why did you come to this interview, then?” I was asked. She knew that Fraser Health, being a mandatory agency, would be the preferred place to work.

“Practice makes perfect,” I said, and I proceeded to conduct a half hour interview as if I would be using them as a resource once I became hired. I presented myself as an expert in the field. This brings me to describe  Something Else To Do After The Interview: HOWTO BECOME AN EXPERT IN YOUR FIELD.

Social media provides a variety of opportunities to to make yourself appear to me an expert. It will also give you the opportunity to become an expert, because all the comments you make about wour field will be read by contacts, future client, and even future colleagues.

Here’s how to go about it.

1. Create a professional profile on  Linked-In.

Take your time and do it right. Tell people about yourself. Include your values (if you have and) your history and your accomplishments. If you can’t think of any accomplishments, think of what life would have been like in the last place youy worked if you weren’t there. Start writing.

2. Start a blog.

Write about what you know.  Become your own personality. Read other blogs which might offer  radical views on your field. Start writing.

3. Join some groups in your field.

You can find these on Linked-In, Yahoo and elsewhere. Join groups in your field and start asking questions, or, if you’re brave enough, answer some questions.

 I, for example, am also a fitness instructor. Someone asked a question about burning fat during cardio. I gave an answer that mentioned something that was academically in vogue about burning fat. Nowadays the idea of burning fat is correctly obsolete in favor ot the idea that if you want to lose fat on your body, the calories taken in has to be less than the calories spent as fuel during your workout.

By publicly admitting my mistake. I met new contacts and enhanced my position in that particular field. These led to several jobs and clients.

4. Join groups outside your field.

Add some extra dimensions to your life. You’ll never know what the interests of your next interviewer might be.

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.





  1. energywriter Says:

    More great advice. Only one problem, I can’t keep up with the groups I follow. I’ve pretty much stopped visiting the Linked In and LinkEd sites. Facebook rarely sees my face and I feel like I’m shortchanging my online and in-person writing groups. Aaaargghhh! How do you get it all done? sd

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