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The impact of COVID-19 has left many job seekers looking for work or making career changes. If you’re looking for work, now’s the time to take advantage of virtual job search resources, workshops and events. This virtual guide can help you prepare, apply and interview for jobs and improve soft skills that are needed in the workplace.   We sat ...
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As of June 15, Michigan’s governor has eased some of the “Stay Home. Stay Safe.” restrictions and many employers are re-opening their doors. For months, essential workers have been going to work every day to maintain health care services and provide groceries and other necessities. However, hundreds of thousands of employees are just starting to return to work.  Staying Safe at Work The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health ...
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Working with a Talent Development Specialist at West Michigan Works! West Michigan Works! offers a variety of free services to job seekers. One of these services is working with a talent development specialist (TDS). Talent development specialists are dedicated to helping job seekers meet their career goals.  What can a talent development specialist do for you?   In general, a TDS can help you find a satisfying career. When working with a job seeker, they ...
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Our Commitment The series of recent events highlighting the routine and perpetual inequities that people of color routinely face have reignited frustrations around the lack of progress in changing these systems of prejudice, bias and inequity. George Floyd, Ahmaud Abery, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee and countless other victims have shown ...
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In a time when we can’t gather in groups or meet in-person, West Michigan Works! is still working to connect job seekers with employers who need talent now. They have just had to change the way they deliver their services.  This includes services for veterans.   Veterans Networking Job Club One way West Michigan Works! continues to serve vets ...
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For several years we have been hearing “what you put on the internet lasts forever!” That is true now more than ever—especially when it comes to getting hired.   A 2017 CareerBuilder study indicates that 70% of employers “use social media to screen candidates before hiring.” The same study showed that over half of employers have not hired a candidate ...
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PATH Program Creates Hope for Participants West Michigan Works! partners with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to help individuals receiving state assistance discover and meet their career needs and goals.  The PATH (Partnership. Accountability. Training. and Hope) program helps participants create an individualized career plan, set goals and take steps toward making their plan ...
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Employer Highlight: Tech Defenders Many West Michigan employers are finding unique and innovative ways to help other businesses and individuals impacted by the pandemic. Over the next few weeks we’ll share examples of businesses meeting—and helping others to meet—challenges imposed by COVID-19.   Tech Defenders specializes in repairing and repurposing mobile devices for K-12 schools and ...
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Tips to Stay Mentally Healthy While Unemployed Losing a job is one of the most stressful things that can happen to someone. In fact, it is ranked among the top 10 most stressful life events.   Job loss can affect your mental health and brings many emotions including sadness, fear, anxiety, anger and embarrassment. When you add the anxiety ...
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The Do's and Don'ts of Resume Writing Your resume is a summary of your work background and qualifications. It’s your introduction to a potential employer and a chance to make a good first impression. According to research, employers spend on average six seconds looking at a resume before deciding if ...
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Meals-to-go from local restaurants now at select SpartanNash stores Many West Michigan employers are finding unique and innovative ways to help other businesses and individuals impacted by the pandemic. Over the next few weeks we’ll share examples of businesses meeting—and helping others to meet—challenges imposed by COVID-19.   SpartanNash launched a pilot partnership with eight local ...
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What are the Right Words to Use When Writing a Resume? Writing a resume can be challenging. It’s hard to sum up years of accomplishments with a few words. Are the words you choose the best words to describe your skills and expertise? Choosing the right words to describe your ...
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Every year, West Michigan Works! releases a list of the top 100 job opportunities in the region’s high-demand industries—construction/energy, health sciences, information technology, manufacturing and professional/administrative services. They work closely with regional employers and talent councils to understand their talent needs and make the best recommendations to job seekers. What ...
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Training programs funded by the Going PRO Talent Fund must lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by the industry. This creates a highly-skilled workforce that benefits employers, strengthens communities and gives employees a skill for life. Here is just one example... GE Aviation-Muskegon manufactures ...
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On January 16, 2020, 195 Muskegon County residents entered the doors at our Muskegon Service Center. Even though some had to wait two hours to be seen, the general attitude was of hope and appreciation. Why? Because they were there to apply for an expungement—or have a criminal conviction(s) removed ...
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An estimated 1.3 million individuals with disabilities call Michigan their home. Over half of these individuals are working-age and have abilities that can add value to the workplace. Unfortunately, individuals with disabilities often face barriers to finding and obtaining employment. If this sounds like you or someone you know, Michigan ...
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West Michigan Works! hosts free workshops for job seekers looking to polish their skills and techniques, including a cover letter writing workshop for job seekers discover their professional voice. According to a survey, 86% of hiring managers found cover letters to be valuable when reviewing candidates’ job applications. A cover ...
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Hiring events are a great opportunity for job seekers to make personal connections with potential employers and showcase more than their resume. According to Kyle Tarkington, a business solutions representative, job seekers can expect to have casual conversations with employers and suggests they come prepared with questions for employers to ...
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Throughout your lifetime, you might experience a period of unemployment because of family illness, childcare, schooling or another reason. While extended resume gaps might cause hiring managers to pause, it doesn’t mean you’re not qualified for the job. Use these tips to make the most of your resume gap and ...
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A career pathway is a plan that helps job seekers gain skills and move up within their field. Pathways help employees grow, take on new responsibilities, be more fulfilled and increase their earning potential. A common pathway for job seekers interested in a career in health care is to move ...
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In today’s economy, we regularly hear buzz words like “skilled trade shortages” and “low unemployment rate.” This means employers are hiring, right? Yes, they are! And they are looking for employees with specific skills to fill their job openings. How can you get those skills so you can get hired? ...
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People change careers for a variety reasons: career goals and values change; new interests are discovered; financial burdens increase; or priorities shift. If you’re considering a career change, here are some steps to help you move toward a new and satisfying career. Evaluate your current job satisfaction Take time to ...
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Priority of Service At West Michigan Works! veterans and their spouses may qualify for priority of service and other individualized employment services. “Priority of service” means they can access services before or in place of non-veterans. West Michigan Works! also hosts veterans career advisors and/or veterans representatives at their service ...
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A quick internet search for “career training Grand Rapids MI” will bring up many training options throughout West Michigan. Where do you begin? How do you find the right training program for you? Before you dig deeper into training programs, here are a few questions to think about: What do ...
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“Tell me about yourself” is one of the most common interview questions. Answering open-ended questions like this can be difficult, but don’t let them throw you off. Plan ahead to make the most of an opportunity to share something that’s not in your resume or cover letter. Here are some ...
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Please note the following changes to the unemployment process in response to COVID-19.   Until further notice: West Michigan Works! has cancelled non-essential services such as workshops, orientations, hiring events and other group activities. All unemployment claims can currently be filed online at Michigan.gov/UIA or by calling 1-866-500-0017. You are NOT required to ...
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Are you using the right words on your resume? Writing a resume can be challenging. It’s hard to sum up years of accomplishments with a few words. Are the words you choose the best words to describe your skills and expertise? Choosing the right words to describe your work experience ...
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Resumes are the first look employers have at a job candidate. The information on your resume, and how it looks- resume formatting, is very important in making a great first impression. Focus on keeping your resume content easy to read and uncluttered. Work on using strong action verbs for descriptions, ...
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The hottest job openings in your inbox every week! Are you unemployed? Looking for a new career? Stuck in a dead-end job? Check out the Weekly Hot Jobs! The weekly newsletter is your guide to current job openings in West Michigan. What are Weekly Hot Jobs? Hot Jobs are job ...
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This is the fifth of a five part series. West Michigan Works! now offers workshops designed to help you bring important employability skills to your job search or current workplace—skills that West Michigan employers have identified as the ones they look for in an ideal candidate or employee. WorkReady workshops ...
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This is the fourth of a five part series. West Michigan Works! now offers workshops designed to help you bring important employability skills to your job search or current workplace—skills that West Michigan employers have identified as the ones they look for in an ideal candidate or employee. WorkReady workshops ...
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This is the third of a five part series. West Michigan Works! now offers workshops designed to help you bring important employability skills to your job search or current workplace—skills that West Michigan employers have identified as the ones they look for in an ideal candidate or employee. WorkReady workshops ...
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Are you ready to attend some hiring events? All the the jobs below are open at next week's hiring events. We've linked to resources that will help you research potential jobs. US Census Taker at US Census Bureau Hiring event: Monday, June 3, 10am-2pm at 136 E State St, Hastings Hiring ...
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This is the second of a five part series. West Michigan Works! now offers workshops designed to help you bring important employability skills to your job search or current workplace—skills that West Michigan employers have identified as the ones they look for in an ideal candidate or employee. WorkReady workshops ...
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Are you ready to attend some hiring events? All the the jobs below are open at next week's hiring events. We've linked to resources that will help you research potential jobs. US Census Taker at US Census Bureau Hiring events: Tuesday, May 28, 3-5pm at 3255 122nd Ave, Allegan Wednesday, ...
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This is the first of a five part series.  West Michigan Works is offering workshops designed to help you bring important employable skills to your job search or current workplace — skills West Michigan employers have identified as the ones they look for in an ideal candidate or employee. WORKReady ...
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Are you ready to attend some hiring events? All the the jobs below are open at next week's hiring events. We've linked to resources that will help you research potential jobs. Substitute Teacher at EDUStaff Hiring event: Tuesday, May 7 from 10am-2pm at 3255 122nd Ave, Allegan. Hiring Event DetailsWhat ...
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Brenner Excavating works on projects with the Michigan Department of Transportation to create roads and paths in West Michigan. At Brenner, everyone is treated like family. Kyle Brenner is the contract and safety manager; his father, Kevin, started the company forty-five years ago. “We’re a great size where you don’t ...
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It’s spring and that means employers are starting to post summer employment opportunities. Now is the time for young adults to prepare for summer employment. Summer work experience provides an excellent opportunity for teens to earn money, gain valuable experience and build confidence. Teen workforce participation According to the U.S. ...
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No matter how you say “welcome,” if you are a new American, West Michigan Works! can provide opportunities to find a satisfying career in the United States. Refugee and immigrant navigators can provide specialized assistance to help you start your new life. Here are a few ways that we can ...
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Are you ready to attend some hiring events? All the the jobs below are open at next week's hiring events. We've linked to resources that will help you research potential jobs. Entry Level Marketing at Renewal by Andersen Hiring event: Thursday, April 25 from 10am-12:30pm at 121 Franklin St SE, ...
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Are you ready to attend some hiring events? All the the jobs below are open at next week's hiring events. We've linked to resources that will help you research potential jobs. Direct Support Professional at Turning Leaf Residential Rehabilitation Services Hiring event: Wednesday, April 17 from 10am-2pm at 3255 122nd ...
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Are you ready to attend some hiring events? All the the jobs below are open at next week's hiring events. We've linked to resources that will help you research potential jobs. Customer Service Representative at Speedway Hiring event: Monday, April 8 from 1-4pm at 215 Straight Ave NW, Grand Rapids. ...
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U.S. veterans return from duty with knowledge, skills and abilities that employers are looking for in their workforce. Here are some transferrable skills that veterans bring to civilian jobs: TEAMWORK: Most military activities are performed with the help or coordination of others. Veterans have learned to collaborate with others to ...
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Are you ready to attend some hiring events? All the the jobs below are open at next week's hiring events. We've linked to resources that will help you research potential jobs. Home Health Aide at Alliance Home Health Care Services Hiring event: Tuesday, April 2 from 10am-2pm at 3255 122nd ...
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Are you ready to attend some hiring events? All the the jobs below are open at next week's hiring events. We've linked to resources that will help you research potential jobs. On-Call Security Officer at DK Security Hiring event: Wednesday, March 27 from 9:30am-1pm at 3255 122nd Ave, Allegan. Hiring ...
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There are nearly 43,000 Spanish speakers living in Kent County according to the 2013-2017 American Community Survey. To better serve all of the area’s residents, we recently launched a Spanish language website at es.westmiworks.org. Spanish speakers can learn—in their native language—how to begin filing for unemployment and registering for work, ...
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Are you ready to attend some hiring events? All the the jobs below are open at next week's hiring events. We've linked to resources that will help you research potential jobs. Uniformed Security Officers at Allied Universal Hiring event: Monday, March 18 from 10am-2pm at 121 Franklin St Se, Grand ...
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Each year during Women in Construction Week, local chapters of the NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) hold events honoring the role of women in the industry. Chapter #194 in Grand Rapids serves the West Michigan region and hosted the Women in Construction Luncheon on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. ...
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Are you ready to attend some hiring events? All the the jobs below are open at next week's hiring events. We've linked to resources that will help you research potential jobs. Direct Support Professional at Turning Leaf Behavioral Health Services Hiring event: Wednesday, March 13 from 10am-2pm at 3255 122nd ...
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We recently asked Beth, one of our talent development instructors, for some insider information on our free workshops. Beth has been teaching workshops for seven years and one of her favorite workshops to teach is Cover Letter Writing. This is what she told us about the workshop: What is Cover ...
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February is Career and Technical Education Month, a national campaign to increase awareness and celebrate the value of programs that prepare students for the world of work. This is the fifth in a series of stories focusing on CTE in West Michigan. Nearly 2,000 Kent County high school juniors and ...
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This is the first in a series on career and technical education. Future posts will highlight CTE programs across West Michigan and how they’re helping students prepare for college and career. February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, a national campaign to increase awareness and celebrate the value of ...
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Most interviews end with this question: What questions do you have for us? Your interview isn’t over yet! Show curiosity and interest in the company during this part of the interview. Impress the employer with great questions- not ones you already know the answer to, such as position details or ...
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The average job search process takes over six weeks and can be longer depending on the industry and level of the position. If you’re unemployed, you need to make job search your full-time job to get the fastest results. West Michigan Works! provides free services to help you at every ...
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Recently, LinkedIn analyzed hundreds of thousands of job postings to decide which skills companies need most in 2019. How does that list compare to what West Michigan employers need? We asked a couple of them their thoughts. The 5 most in-demand soft skills in 2019 soft skill: personal attributes, personality ...
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The New Year is a great time to reset goals and create healthy habits. Have you made any resolutions yet? Here’s a list of popular goals and how they can help your job search: Exercise more Exercise releases endorphins which make you feel happier. Exercise will improve your sleep, reduce ...
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There are many moving parts to a job search: research, networking, writing, applying, following up. The list goes on and on. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here are five easy, yet important tasks that are easily forgotten: Consider job search your job. Set a daily schedule. Wake up at the ...
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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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Please note the following changes to the unemployment process in response to COVID-19.   Until further notice: West Michigan Works! has cancelled non-essential services such as workshops, orientations, hiring events and other group activities. All unemployment claims can currently be filed online at Michigan.gov/UIA or by calling 1-866-500-0017. You are NOT required to ...
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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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Please note the following changes to the unemployment process in response to COVID-19.   Until further notice: West Michigan Works! has cancelled non-essential services such as workshops, orientations, hiring events and other group activities. All unemployment claims can currently be filed online at Michigan.gov/UIA or by calling 1-866-500-0017. You are NOT required to ...
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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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