West Michigan Post

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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Technology continues to advance in workplaces across all industries. Companies must continuously upskill their staff in order to keep pace. The Going PRO Talent Fund (GPTF) has played a substantial role in making workplace training possible and helping employers remain competitive. Since 2014, the state has been allocating grant awards ...
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The success stories highlighting how the Going PRO Talent Fund (GPTF) has impacted a company are as diverse as the companies they represent. The stories include a range of challenges: from general needs, like assistance with increasing efficiencies to reduce costs while maintaining product quality; to highly-specific needs, like ISO ...
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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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MiCareerQuest: Not Your Father's Career Fair   Are you an employer in one of our region's high demand industries? Do you want to help shape the future of West Michigan's workforce to meet your growing talent needs? Join us at MiCareerQuest! MiCareerQuest is a fun, interactive event where employers can ...
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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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Jacob Maas, CEO, West Michigan Works! As it stands now, Michigan’s 2020 budget does not include funding for the Going PRO Talent Fund. The fund has provided critical support for employers who are in the midst of a skilled labor shortage and who are facing a projected workforce gap of ...
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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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PATH Program Creates Hope for Participants West Michigan Works! partners with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to help their clients discover and meet their career needs and goals. Individuals who have applied for cash assistance, also known as FIP, from MDHHS participate in the PATH program ...
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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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Asking for help is hard when you’re used to taking care of yourself. Imagine showing up to your job and learning that your employer had closed overnight. You are left with no income, which means facing foreclosure on your home. Where do you turn to ensure you can care for ...
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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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As the region’s workforce development agency, West Michigan Works! is dedicated to creating a diverse and qualified workforce. We do this by providing services that help companies recruit and retain talent and help job seekers get the skills and knowledge needed for today’s jobs. Addressing West Michigan's Talent Needs We ...
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The Going PRO Talent Fund awards grants to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly hired employees. The competitive application process opens September 12, 2019. These are five things you must know before starting your FY2020 application: Employers in West Michigan were awarded over $10 million ...
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The enormous white and glass building is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood with tree-lined streets and quaint houses. The front office space is fresh and bright, just like the manufacturing facility. Dicastal North America opened five years ago in Greenville. As the #1 wheel manufacturer in the United States, ...
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Health care is one of the fastest growing industries in Michigan. Health care support occupations, such as medical assistants, top the list of fastest-growing occupational groups through 2022 – over twice the rate for total jobs overall. More than 450 open medical assistant positions will need to be filled in ...
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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 24, 9am-1pm at 301 W Main St, Ionia ...
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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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Rachel Murphy was bullied in high school and dropped out. With no work history, she lacked the motivation and self-esteem to pursue her education/career goals. But with the support of the Jobs for Michigan's Graduates (JMG) program, Rachel is on the path to reach the goals she set for herself. A ...
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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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Hannah Wyman joined our Job’s for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) chapter in December 2017 and already has seen success. She’s her way to accomplishing her goal of earning a GED within six months. Hannah has overcome a lot since entering the program. As a result, her confidence has soared and her enthusiasm ...
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Gina Mancha was displaced from a long career in automotive manufacturing and needed to find a new career. As a dislocated worker, Gina was eligible for services through Michigan Works!. With guidance from a career coach, she completed a career portfolio—a collection of documents that highlights experience, skills and accomplishments—and ...
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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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WORKSmart is a quarterly email newsletter with workforce development news and resources, events, services and more of what’s happening at West Michigan Works! Did you miss the last newsletter? Sign up so you don't miss the next one! $9.5 Million in Training Dollars Coming to West MichiganThis year employers in the ...
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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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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 second of a series of stories focusing on CTE in West Michigan. Last year, almost 13,500 high school students in West ...
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Did you know West Michigan Works! regularly hosts employer of the day events where job seekers can meet local employers face-to-face and learn about job opportunities at their company? We recently chatted with Tory, a business solutions representative at West Michigan Works!, to find out what job seekers can expect ...
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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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Meet Karla and Bob. They both came to a West Michigan Works! service center after losing their jobs. They both started their job search with fear they wouldn’t get rehired because they’re older workers. After help from their career coaches, they both found jobs similar to their previous ones and ...
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Are you unemployed? Do you want to break into a new field? Where do you start your job search? A successful job search starts with a strategy; a plan with defined tasks that will help you achieve your goal. Your first step: Take time to look at what motivates and ...
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In 2018 West Michigan Works! (WMW) helped 44,890 job seekers, served 3,193 employers and filled 10,463 jobs. This work isn’t done in isolation; it’s accomplished through partnerships with employers, training providers, educators and community organizations. Each December, we look back over the year and recognizes a few of its key ...
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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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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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Davidson Plyforms is the largest curved plywood manufacturer in North America. They make wood furniture pieces for customers like Haworth, Steelcase and Herman Miller. Their products are used daily around the world in offices, hospitals, schools and homes. There is no typical day at Davidson Plyforms because their jobs are ...
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Muskegon Recovery Center is part of the Cherry Health system, which offers health services to individuals who have little or no access to health care. The Recovery Center provides medication assisted treatment, as well as group therapy and support services, for individuals addicted to opiates. MRC currently has a long ...
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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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Since 2013 they have applied for and received millions of Going Pro Talent Fund dollars. The Going Pro Talent Fund (previously Skilled Trades Training Fund) provides competitive awards for short-term training that addresses documented skill deficits. Employers play an integral role in the Talent Fund program; they work with their ...
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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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