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It’s no secret the health care industry is growing quickly; there are more open positions than people to fill them. This is great news if you’re looking to jump into a career in health care. Some jobs in the industry require a lot of training: physician, nurse and surgeon. But, ...
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Do you want to earn some extra cash for the holidays?   Are you a college student looking for job over break?                                               . Would you like to get your foot in the door with a new employer?   Consider a seasonal job! Employers are hiring record numbers of seasonal ...
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Meet Nate: Nate had no work experience and a disability that made getting a job difficult. Through the Youth Employment Services program, Nate got an apprenticeship with a local electrical company after graduating from high school, attended community college and is on his way to a career in electrical engineering. ...
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Were you a member of the US Armed Forces? If so, you and your spouse may qualify for priority of service and other individualized employment services through West Michigan Works! Veterans possess many of the soft skills that employers are seeking. Effective communication, teamwork, dependability, responsibility, multitasking and the ability ...
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We recently sat down with Linden, a talent development instructor at West Michigan Works!, to talk about workshops for job seekers. Linden has been teaching workshops for five years and his favorite workshop to teach is Job Search Techniques. Here’s what we learned about what makes this workshop his favorite. ...
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Apprenticeships have long played a major role in training America’s skilled workers, combining classroom learning, on-the-job training and wages that increase as skills are learned. Apprentices not only get paid while learning the skills for a high-demand job, they earn a nationally recognized industry certification. With all these benefits, it’s ...
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L to R: Lelah Christiansen, Shanitra Reed, Samantha Gonzales, Melonie Rodriguez, Gina Mancha Five women put on red caps and gowns, sharing smiles and stories about the past 18 weeks they experienced together. They are the first students to complete and graduate the Sterile Processing Registered Apprenticeship program: Lelah Christiansen, ...
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Your first visit to a Michigan Works! service center might have been to register for work. Now that you’re registered for work and receiving unemployment benefits, it’s time to jump start your job search.  We can help! What else does West Michigan Works! do? Job search: West Michigan employers are ...
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It’s really easy to get discouraged or depressed during your job search. Here are five ways to keep your job search upbeat and successful. Connect with past co-workers. Let them know you are on the hunt. You’ll be surprised how many are willing to help. Volunteer. Use your free time ...
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There are two steps to file for unemployment insurance: 1) apply for unemployment and 2) register to work.  Here’s an overview of how to apply for unemployment insurance. If you have specific questions, please contact the Unemployment Insurance Problem Resolution Office at 866-500-0017 or use the UIA phone in our ...
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D’Angelo Green will graduate from Muskegon Heights High School Academy with a very bright future. But the outlook hasn’t always been so positive. A bleak future At the start of his senior year, D’Angelo lacked the essentials needed for graduation and success beyond high school: credits, motivation, maturity and basic ...
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There are two steps to filing for unemployment insurance. Your first step is to apply for unemployment insurance.  Your second step is to register for work. What you’ll need to register for work A photo ID Social security card Resume How to register for work Complete your Pure Michigan Talent ...
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Have you seen our monthly series on Facebook, Ask a Career Coach? We're traveling to our service centers to sit down with a career coach LIVE to give you a chance to ask job search-related questions. This month we visited the Holland Service Center. In this video, Mark talks about: ...
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by Jane Kreha, Director of Marketing Muskegon CNA graduates West Michigan Works! and its program partner, Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI), graduated two classes of Certified Nurse Aids (CNAs) this May. In ceremonies in Muskegon and Grand Rapids, 13 individuals were pinned and are now ready to begin their ...
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Going PRO apprenticeship readiness participants with their new employers Program matches young adults with manufacturing employers Wednesday, May 30 was “signing day” for six Allegan residents eager to begin careers in manufacturing.  The individuals, a mix of recent high school graduates and young adults seeking a career pathway, are participants ...
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Are you ready to get the skills to succeed in one of the fastest growing industries in our state? West Michigan construction companies need qualified talent, and that need is only expected to grow. It is estimated that the construction industry will need 9,000 new employees each year in Michigan. ...
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The West Michigan Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program (MARAP) combines classroom learning, simulation learning and work experience with a participating healthcare provider. As a student in this one-year program, you will: graduate with a Medical Assistant Certificate of Completion, a certificate of completion of apprenticeship from the US Department of ...
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Haworth, furniture manufacturer headquartered in Holland, Michigan, will be at Allegan and Ottawa Service Centers this week because they're hiring! We sat down with one of their recruiters, Valerie Reimus to hear more about the company and open positions. Thanks for joining us today! Can you introduce yourself? I am Valerie ...
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Build a Skilled Workforce With Training Funds Low unemployment levels mean today’s job-seeker pool is at historically low levels. Yet, employers still have jobs they need to fill. West Michigan Works! can connect employers to a variety of services to address their talent needs, including access to workforce training funds. ...
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Anna Trujillo was referred to West Michigan Works! after returning to Michigan from California in August 2017. Anna was worried about finding employment; she didn’t have a credential, interview clothing, transportation funds or a Michigan driver's license and registration. She needed a way to support herself and her three children. ...
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Employers offer short phone interviews now more than ever before. These interviews help hiring managers decide which candidates to invite to a longer, in-person interview. More than half of what a person says is communicated through body language and non-verbal cues.  During a phone interview, the hiring manager can only ...
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Students and employers gathered at the Muskegon Career Tech Center for the Student Showcase, the last step of the Linked Muskegon program. Linked is an 18-week training course in machining, welding or health sciences open to people of all ages who are looking for a new career. Michael Minton, CNC ...
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       Fogg Filler is a family owned business in Holland, Michigan that designs and manufactures rotary filling systems. Their machines are used to fill containers for a growing number of industries throughout the world including dairy, water, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical. The company strives to combine skilled ...
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Know before you go! Meet one of the employers attending the Holland Job Fair on Tuesday, March 13. Chick-fil-A in Holland is looking for team members. We sat down over coffee and egg white grill sandwiches to talk with their talent coordinator, Melissa Wayne, about opportunities for job seekers. Why ...
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Whether you’re employed and looking for a new job, thinking about a new career or applying for unemployment insurance, use these tips to make the most of your visit to a Michigan Works! service center. (See a list of all ten locations here.) 1. Bring your resume After checking in, ...
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Editor’s Note: This is the final in a four-part series about how to answer common interview questions. See part 1, part 2 and part 3. The interview is a time for you to make yourself stand out from other candidates. Asking thoughtful questions during the interview can set you apart ...
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Hiring, training and employment successes celebrated at annual Impact Awards State leadership and lawmakers came together this week to honor west Michigan leaders for their efforts to create jobs and develop talent in their communities. Legislators and talent development officials recognized Muskegon resident Michael Minton, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, ...
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Editor’s Note: This is the third in a four-part series about how to answer common interview questions. Read part 1 and part 2. An interviewer may ask the following questions to get some insight into your motivations, attitudes and professional goals. Why are you looking to leave your current job? ...
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After the interviewer asks you a couple questions to get to know you a little better (see our first article for tips), they might move to questions about why you are a good fit for the job. Here are a few common questions and strong answers to help you prepare ...
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Chet Wiersma on break fairlife's break room With steeled toe boots and a hair net, Chet Wiersma is ready for a 12-hour shift as a packaging operator at fairlife, a health food company with a milk production facility in Coopersville that produces and markets great tasting, nutrient-dense milk products. Here’s ...
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2017 winner Adela Miranda, Hampton Inn Holland Every day thousands of service workers perform tasks that make our days a little brighter, our businesses running smoother, our experiences more memorable. Nine such individuals were recognized with Essential Service Awards during a meeting of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids on ...
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More than 1100 students participate in Hour of Code event West Michigan's IT industry is one of the fastest growing in the nation with a growth rate +6.5% over the national average.  And the increasing use of technology in the workforce is creating a growing need for IT workers across ...
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Editor’s Note: This is the first in a four-part series about how to answer common interview questions. The Interview: Answers to Common Questions You did it. You nailed your resume and cover letter. You networked with the right people and found great references. Now you have to prepare for the ...
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Publication Provides Snapshot of Region's Workforce Needs West Michigan Works! released this week its 2018 Hot Jobs list. The list contains the 100 top jobs in the region’s high-growth industries. For the seven-county West Michigan region, the highest demand is concentrated in health sciences and manufacturing. High-demand occupations are defined ...
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Collaboration key to solving the region's workforce challenges The 2017 fiscal year found West Michigan Works! continuing to grow, change and improve as a regional entity.  A focus on cost-cutting and innovative approaches to programmatic services led to direct service delivery for Allegan, Barry, Ionia, and Montcalm counties. This, plus ...
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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO! Meet one of the recruiters attending Paragon D&E's hiring event on Thursday, December 14.   Name: Britteny Willis Position: HR Representative Company: Paragon D&E When you meet a job seeker at a hiring event, what questions do you want them to ask you? Here are some of ...
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Know before you go. Get to know one of the employers attending the Second Chance Job Fair. Meet Ramona Saftuic. She's a Human Resources Generalist at Rapid-Line. Why is Rapid-Line conviction-friendly? We are here for more than making money. We want to engage the community and provide equal opportunity employment to ...
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During times of low unemployment, there is a critical need to upskill the current workforce to meet the growing talent needs of employers. Skilled Trade Training Fund grants address the skills gap by funding training opportunities for the current workforce. The grants create a win-win situation - when employers invest ...
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Pictured from left: Craig Stolsonburg – Business Solutions Representative, West Michigan Works!; Kerry Boulter – Training Coordinator, Flexfab; Kevin Trahan – Maintenance Technician, Flexfab Hastings manufacturer, Flexfab, leveraged workforce training funds to help cover the cost of long-time employee Kevin Trahan’s certification in Managing Industrial Networks for Manufacturing. Tapping into ...
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Service centers will offer workshops, resource fairs and hiring events with veteran focus During the week of Nov. 6, West Michigan Works! service centers will honor those who served in the military by offering job search services and events with a focus on veterans. “We serve veterans every day, but ...
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The Michigan Construction Foundation (MCF) recently released Michigan’s Construction Industry: By the Numbers that reports on Michigan construction industry labor data. "We are focused on finding more workers for construction employers," says Brindley Byrd, Executive Director of the Michigan Construction Foundation (MCF), "and because of that, we looked at available data on ...
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Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan Talent and Economic Development Director Roger Curtis were in Grand Rapids on Monday to learn more about the success of a health care apprenticeship program in West Michigan. The Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program (MARAP) was created in ...
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On July 3, the West Michigan Works! Service Center in Barry County opened its doors in a new location. The opening was formally recognized at an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on July 12. Attendees included Mayor Tossava, Barry County Commissioner Ben Geiger, Barry County Chamber president and board ...
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West Michigan Works! has partnered with the Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI) to help fill talent gaps in health care and provide new opportunities for job seekers who experience barriers to employment. A 13-week long CNA course provides no-cost training to those wanting to enter the field or needing ...
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Milacron LLC, a manufacturer of plastic injection molding equipment, will be consolidating locations this summer. The decision will result in a $5 million investment in its Greenville facility and the addition of up to 70 new jobs. A collaboration between regional partners, including Montcalm Community College, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center ...
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West Michigan Works! has announced the promotion of Allise Wilkerson to Manager of its service center in Ottawa County. Wilkerson has been with Michigan Works! since 2010 and brings a wealth of program and managerial experience to her new position.  She began her career working with job seekers in the ...
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West Michigan Works! recently announced the release of its “2017 Hot Jobs List,” which contains 100 high-demand careers in the region’s top growing industries: construction, manufacturing, information technology, health sciences, agriculture and professional and administrative services. The Hot Jobs Lists provides a regional look at in-demand occupations; those with significant ...
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Career Exploration Event Introduces Youth to In-Demand Careers   “The exhibits were like real life job experiences,” said a middle school student. “I thought we were just going to listen to a whole bunch of speakers, but I like how you guys changed it up!” On Thursday, April 13, 2017, ...
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