Network Your Way To a Job Offer

Networking is no newbie to the world of business (or employment); from business deals to job leads, networking has always been the way to go.

It is an undisputed fact that almost 75 to 80% of jobs are filled through networking. This trend doesn’t come as a surprise though; don’t we all love to shop at places or dine at restaurants recommended to us by our trusted friends? In a similar manner, corporations, too, like to hire employees referred by a trusted source.

So how exactly does one break into an employer’s inner circle? Well, read on.

Get them to recommend you

Let us examine some of the individuals or organizations any company would need to work with. An average company would need at least one or more of the following: lawyer (or law firm); bank, investors, or venture capital firms; consultants; vendors; employees; insurance agents (or companies); customers (of course); technology support (internal or external); maintenance; business partners; external auditors (or accounting firms); public relations consultant(s); equipment suppliers. In addition, one or more of the following affiliations may exist: universities, professional associations, community, religious, political, non-profit causes.

Using aggressive networking and targeted company and industry research, you should be able to discover which of these parties your employer associates with. Once you have that information try approaching them. Most people tend to be receptive to individuals soliciting advice or guidance, so the key is to avoid sounding like a salesperson, but rather as someone who is seeking advice. (During the conversation you could slowly introduce a request for recommendation or help.)

Merit if supplemented with a recommendation from someone known to the employer could significantly boost your chances of securing the offer.

Nail the hiring manager

Targeted cold calling, networking, extensive company research, and industry associations should help you find the name of the hiring manager. The way targeted cold calling works (for the purpose of job networking) is as follows: try calling the company you are interested in working with; ask the operator to transfer you to the department you would most likely work at; once through the department, tactfully ask the person on the other end to tell you the name of the person who would make hiring decisions for the department. (Sometimes, it helps if you tell the other person you are looking for advice as opposed to a job.)

Even though HR does all the hiring, most of the job requisition process starts at the departmental level. Sometimes, if you manage to speak with the hiring manager before recruitment ads are placed, you might eliminate all the competition that would otherwise come into play once the ad placed.

(If possible, network with individuals at one level above, below, and at the same level as the hiring manager. If these individuals also put in a word for you, it would be like icing on a cake.)

Tell everyone

The more you network, the faster you will reach your career goals. Start by contacting everyone in your address book. It doesn’t matter if they are not in your profession or your geographic area of interest; they might just know of someone who can help — don’t assume they can’t help. Potential networking contacts and platforms can include the following: friends, colleagues, acquaintances, previous employers, industry associates, vendors, customers, mentors, professors, industry/alumni associations, college career centers, recruiters and headhunters, golf buddies, book club members, support groups, places of worship, career fairs, community and religious leaders, industry experts, etc. I would also add individuals like barbers, massage therapists, doctors, vets, nail salon owners and workers, waiters, bartenders, coaches, neighbors, subway riders (of course, the ones you speak with), bus drivers… Now, I know that sounds like a stretch, but my stance is based on experience. I recently coached a client to contact everyone she knew; though reluctant at first, she took my advice seriously. She informed her massage therapist about her employment interests; the therapist happened to know a CEO (again, a client); the two connected and, voilĂ , my client found her dream job. This is not an isolated example; the employment world is a witness to many such stories everyday.

Recruiters and headhunters

Networking with recruiters and headhunters is integral to the success of any job networking effort. These are individuals who get paid thousands of dollars to find the “right” candidate. (Certain recruiters have a tremendous influence over the hiring manager.)

Frequently Asked Questions About Michigan’s Workers’ Compensation Laws

Question: The injury that occurred was my employer’s fault. Can I sue my employer for my pain and suffering?

Answer: Generally, Michigan law prohibits employees from suing their employers for damages, beyond the economic benefits provided by workers’ compensation. However, you may be able to take legal action against the manufacturer of a defective product or against an individual (other than a co-worker) who caused the injury. If you have questions about your potential legal claims, you should talk with a Michigan workers’ compensation lawyer.

Question: I believe that my injury resulted from a violation of my civil rights. Can I sue my employer in this situation?

Answer: Perhaps you can. In the workers’ compensation law, there are exceptions to the general rule that prevent an individual from seeking non-economic damages from an employer. One exception is a civil rights violation; another is an injury that directly results from an intentional act by the employer. If you feel that one of these exceptions applies to you, talk with a Michigan workers’ compensation lawyer about your potential legal claims.

Question: I was injured while on my way into work. Am I eligible for workers’ compensation benefits?

Answer: Workers’ compensation usually does not apply to one who is traveling to and from the place of employment. However, once a worker is on the employer’s property, workers’ compensation insurance may cover an injury.

It is important to note that employees who must travel to perform work assignments are covered by workers’ compensation benefits if they are hurt on the job. For example, a person who is injured after leaving the worksite to make a delivery or attend a meeting at another location may qualify for workers’ compensation, because the trip was an essential part of his or her job assignment.

On the other hand, workers’ compensation may not cover an injury, if the employee was hurt while making a side-trip to handle purely personal business. If you have questions about coverage in this situation, talk with a Michigan workers’ compensation lawyer.

Question: My co-worker and I were goofing around when I was injured. Am I still entitled to make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits?

Answer: Michigan courts traditionally recognize that employees may engage in a certain amount of “horseplay.” In most cases, this would still qualify an individual for workers’ compensation benefits. However, each case must be evaluated separately, based on the specific circumstances. A worker who engaged in serious willful or intentional misconduct may lose the right to workers compensation benefits.

Question: My employer offered me a different type of job, but I feel that it is beneath my previous pre-injury position. Do I have to accept the position?

Answer: Michigan workers’ compensation law requires injured employees to accept a position offered by their own employers (or other employment sources), if the new job is within their qualifications and training, and any medical restrictions. When the new job pays less than the previous position, the worker should receive partial wage loss benefits, to cover part of the difference between the individual’s previous and current earnings.

A worker seriously risks any claim for continued workers’ compensation benefits by turning down the offer of a job that he or she is able to do. If you are not sure how to handle a job offer or your employer demands that you actively look for other work, consult an attorney immediately.

Question: What happens if I try to return to work in a job that is supposed to be within my medical restrictions, but cannot perform the job duties?

Answer: Under the law, it should be possible for you to resume receiving benefits. However, your employer may challenge whether you made a real effort to return to work. If this happens, and you truly are unable to work, you should talk with a Michigan workers’ compensation lawyer immediately.

Question: Can I choose my own doctor when I am getting treatment for my work-related injury?

Answer: For the first 10 days after a work-related injury, the employer has the right to choose the treating doctor. However, after 10 days, the law allows you to select your own doctor and other medical care providers, as long as you select qualified medical professionals and notify your employer of your intentions.

If you or a loved one has suffered a workplace injury, it is important to talk with a Michigan workers’ compensation lawyer with experience in Michigan worker’s compensation law.

Work From Home Job Offers – Can You Trust Them?

By consistently reviewing the most up to date marketing information and online business tips available today you can protect yourself against work from home scams and fraudsters out to rob you of your money. I was spring cleaning my personal e-mail box the other day a another Work From Home Scam Job Offer which prompted me to write a discussion on this topic as I have seen a few of these around lately.

A couple of months ago I received an e-mail from an Australian Job site called CareerOne. This e-mail was a “work from home job offer” which entailed using one of my bank accounts to move extremely large sums of money, from one account to another, and offered me a large commission of funds.

Now, the alarm bells went off and I immediately reported it, I knew this was a work from home scam but how many people out there new to the Internet would recognise this as a work from home scam? It would be very tempting for someone who is genuinely seeking a legitimate Internet Business Income to innocently jump at such an apparent opportunity. Unfortunately without realising, they unintentionally end up breaking many laws.

Work from home scams are often conducted through spam e-mails, ads in classified sites and on noticeboards or forums. Most are not legitimate work from home job offers. In fact, many of them are a front for money laundering scams, an upfront payment scam or a pyramid scheme. You may receive an e-mail offering a job where you use your bank account to receive and pass on payments for a foreign company, just as I did. They promise to pay you commission for each payment you pass on. The money you are transferring could be part of a money laundering ring and you could end up in serious trouble for being a part of this. Sometimes they are just after your bank account details, cleaning you out after you hand over your details.

You could also be offered a ‘work from home job’ for doing something like stuffing envelopes or typing ads. You are required to pay for a starter kit or administration/joining fee before you can get started. However, once the money is paid, you may receive nothing at all, or simply a set of instructions on how to con other people into joining the same scheme. They proliferate the Net. I actually saw one of these typing work from home ads in my local Messenger just the other day. They wanted a $199 start up fee.


Legitimate Online Job Sites will never send you unsolicited e-mail offering you jobs. Remember there are no get-rich-quick schemes: the only people who make money here are the scammers. Be highly suspicious of products or schemes that claim to have guaranteed income or winnings. Be highly suspicious of work from home job offers that require you to pay an upfront fee. You should not have to pay for a work from home job. Money laundering is a criminal offence: NEVER under any circumstances agree to transfer money for someone else. NEVER send money, or give credit card or online account details to any company or person that cannot be verified. Do not open suspicious or unsolicited e-mails (spam): delete them.


Before responding to a work from home job, try to find out if the company is reputable and well known. If the work from home job offer involves transferring money for someone else, ask yourself if you really want to get involved in something that could be money-laundering and likely to attract police attention. If you are concerned that they are using a legitimate company as a front ask for a direct phone number to the company they are representing and check it out. Check the website address they have given matches the company name and telephone number. There are a number of ways for you to verify their identity. If they cannot provide you with this information, avoid them like the plague.

If you think you may have received a work from home offer that you think is a scam, or if you have responded to a job advertisement that you now realise is a work from home scam, report it to the SCAMwatch website. If you have received an unsolicited e-mail from a well known Job Site, report it to them. This will help others from falling victim themselves.

In summary, remember: be suspicious of unsolicited e-mails, do a background check, and never pay for a work from home job. If you are looking to start an Internet Based Business Opportunity; that is different to a work from home job. Legitimate Internet Business Income Opportunities have start up costs but these are usually for items like website hosting, marketing tools, and advertising costs. Take the time to look around and think through any decision to sign up to a program or Internet Business Income Opportunity before taking the plunge. In doing so, you will save yourself a lot of time, money and heartache.