Recently, my brother-in-law received a job offer from a company in Mumbai, India, while he was employed at another company in New Delhi, India. The interview had gone smoothly and when my brother-in-law was asked how much money he was expecting, he quoted a sum more than double of what he was currently earning – after doing his research, which included calculating cost of living in Mumbai as opposed to New Delhi, the new job profile and responsibilities and the growth of the industry [ e-learning ] – the amount was accepted without the interviewer even batting an eyelid.

Now, not everyone is comfortable with their wishes coming true so my brother-in-law got a tad suspicious. How could they just accept whatever he had said without even a hint of negotiation? Similar jobs in New Delhi were receiving half of what he had just quoted – there had to be something wrong with the interviewing company!

My brother-in-law is a registered member on LinkedIn but never got around to really using it. His profile exists but isn’t exactly up-to-date. So when he asked me if I could help – since I am based in Mumbai – I told him to check out LinkedIn and search for ex-employees of the interviewing company and maybe speak with them to help him clarify his dilemma. Moving to Mumbai from New Delhi is not joke so he needed to be sure of what he was getting into. But dear brother-in-law was not able to figure out his username and password for his LinkedIn profile and I got down to the task of searching for ex-employees of the company.

I had never even heard the name of the company prior to this discussion.
When I did a search for current employees, I got about 30 people in my network and 20 more in the LinkedIn network – and I was shocked! I was honestly not hoping to find “anyone”!

Then I searched for ex-employees and came up with about ten people in my network and a similar number in the LinkedIn network. Now I did not need to write to all ten people and needed to refine my search a bit further. I carefully read the profiles of all ten people and decided on one particular lady[ women tend to be more candid about their experiences – especially when talking with other women ].

The request had to be routed via another person in my network and I made sure he had nothing to do with the e-learning industry! I sent the request on a Saturday evening and by Sunday morning the lady had replied in the positive, agreeing to help us out! For a good part of Sunday, my brother-in-law and I were involved in e-mail exchanges and phone calls with the lady and on Monday, my brother-in-law put in his resignation at his company in New Delhi!

He has now shifted base to Mumbai – lock, stock and barrel – and is “very” happy with his new job, which is one-week old. And, I might add, he’s a believer in LinkedIn too! He still has to update his profile – but he has it on his “radar”. Once he does that, I’ll tell you which company he’s working at and what his LinkedIn profile is!

[ And yes, I did not connect networks with the lady who helped us out – basically because she wasn’t too inclined to – not that she mentioned it explicitly – it could simply have been that she isn’t an avid user of LinkedIn. I do have her e-mail id and phone number so I can get in touch with her if I wanted – it isn’t always NECESSARY to connect networks to build a relationship ]