Here are 10 tips:
- Document, document, document. Get specific names and phone numberse and fill out the job search chart completely.
- Keep copies of evidence of job searching, along with the chart.
- Look for 10 jobs a week. If you are only looking for 5 jobs and the Deputy Commissioner finds that your job search was not valid, you lose and you don’t get a second chance. With 10 job searches, it will be very difficult for the insurance company’s attorney to find flaws in 6 of them.
- Follow up after you file job applications a week later and document the outcome.
- Sign up with the Virginia Employment Commission. Even if you aren’t eligible for benefits.
- Look for jobs in as many places as you can: Online, in newspapers, in person, through friends, and make sure you document the source.
- Ask your current employer for a light duty job, even if you already know they won’t and document the phone call.
- Turn in your job search chart weekly to your attorney. I fax them to the insurance adjuster or their attorney weekly. I do this to prove you are consistently looking for employment and that you didn’t make the job searches up at a later date.
- Don’t solely look online but some great places to look are craigslist.com, monster.com and yahoojobs.com
- Avoid making any statements to doctors, nurses, and/or adjustor about the stupidity of documentation. It is very sad to say but it does not matter if you find a job, only that you look for a job per the rules.
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