This morning, as usual, I started my 9:15 Step Class on time. I tied my shoes, slipped in the CD that has “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” on it because I planned to use a contraindicated move, fired it up and began the precautions and warm-up. About three minutes into the warm-up, a new person came in. She carried two steps with her. It looked like she was about to stack one over the other and proceed to break her ankles.

Over the years, I have developed a form of non-verbal communication or ESP that seems to work well in my fitness classes. I learned that if I raised both eyebrows and bite my fingernails it signals the class. “There’s a woman in the class who is intent on breaking her ankles.” The signal says. “I’m a little busy right now. Can someone help her.”

Within seconds, a participant corrected most of her mistakes. I could teach her how to make the rest of the mistakes once the class was underway.

It is hard to please thirty participants when you grind a class to a halt and start app over again. Sometimes you need to develop delegation skills. People are helpful. When offered the opportunity to help by a nail-biting instructor, They can be helpful without being know-it-alls.

This sort of thing happens all the time in job search. Last week, a client told me who was raising his eyebrow and biting his nails told me, “I put out three resumes last week and nobody called.”

“What, “ I said. “You only put out three resumes in a week? No wonder nobody called. We’d better put out another.”

Five minutes after we pressed ‘send,’ he had a call on his cell.

“Answer it.” I said.

“But we’ll interrupt the meeting”

“It might be a job,” I said. “You don’t want to miss out.”

It was a job. It was the last one we applied to. Now if I can just get him to say yes to an offer, I could close his file.

Here are some other things job seekers can do after they’ve begun to improve those chances of getting a call.

  • Go to job fairs and be seen by employers hob-knobbing with other job seekers. “Wow,” they’ll think. “What a team player. We need players. Why won’t she come to chat with me.
  • Join social networking sites such as linked in so people can see your profile.
  • Join groups that cater to your interests or career aspirations, and make comments, ask and answer questions, and ask for job hunting advice. I learned long ago that if you ask for money, or a job, you get advice. If you ask for advice, you get money and jobs.
  • Practice your writing skills and write articles for your groups. I’m not the only one who is licensed to dangle participles.

Finally, although it may seem out of place to say so, try to have fun on your job search. It’s an opportunity to meet new people, discuss new ideas, and to stay updated on what others are doing in your field. You might even find someone that can teach fitness with ESP

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 a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former 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.




  1. energywriter Says:

    Good to see you back here again. Good advice. BTW, you’re lucky your class can read minds. sd

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