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Job Seeker Services

You are looking for a meaningful career and local employers are looking for qualified talent. West Michigan Works! focuses on connecting you to the employers who need good workers. Take advantage of our free services and let us help you take your next step to a new career. Questions? Contact us to learn more!

Employment Services

Do you need help exploring career options, finding training opportunities or searching for the right job? You may qualify to receive career planning services, specialized job search assistance or scholarships for career training & on-the-job training.

Career Exploration: We offer career and skills assessments to help you find careers that are a good fit for you. Visit a service center for more information.
Job Search: West Michigan employers are hiring, and we know what jobs they need to fill. Visit a service center to use computers for online searches and find out if you qualify for specialized job search assistance.
Training & Scholarships: Get ready to work! Skills training and scholarship opportunities may be available for eligible job seekers. Visit a Service Center to learn more.


Combine on-the-job training with technical education to get the skills employers need—all while earning a paycheck! An apprenticeship is a great way to get started on the path to a successful career. See below for the current apprenticeship opportunities through West Michigan Works!  Learn more about apprenticeships at the US Department of Labor website >

Medical Assistant Registered Assistant Program: West Michigan Works! currently offers a Medical Assistant Registered Assistant Program (MARAP) to prepare employees for a career in the health care field.
JobReady: Construction: The JobReady: Construction project offers immediate opportunities for a one-year construction apprenticeship or entry-level full-time employment.

Youth Services

Are you age 14-24? Our youth services can help you complete a high school degree or GED, gain work experience and prepare you for a satisfying career.

Education & Training: Access tutoring and connect to resources to complete your diploma or earn your GED. Find training for jobs in high-demand industries.
Career Exploration & Work Experience:

Explore your interests and skills to find the right career for you. Gain work experience by working with local employers.

Supportive Services: We can connect you to community resources for assistance with transportation, childcare, work-related clothing and more.
Not in school?: Find an out-of-school youth services provider near you to get started on a path to a successful career.

Veteran Services

Were you or your spouse a member of the US Armed Forces? Let us know!

Eligible Veterans and their spouses might qualify for priority of service or intensive, individualized employment services. Please identify yourself to a staff member at any of our Service Centers to learn more.

Resume Writing & Interview Skills: Learn tips, tricks and techniques to make your resume stand out to employers. Learn about the interview process and how to present yourself effectively.
Networking: Connect with local, Veteran-only networking groups. Meet employers who are looking for job seekers like you.
Direct Service Referrals: We can connect you to resources and other social services you may need.


Search for jobs, explore careers, find answers to our frequently asked questions and more!

Pure Michigan Talent Connect: 

  • Register for work
  • Search job openings
  • Upload your resume
  • Sign-up for job update emails
  • Access many more job seeker tools

Hot Jobs: West Michigan Works! created a list of the 100 fastest-growing, most in-demand jobs in West Michigan. If you’re looking for a new career, check out these Hot Jobs!
FAQs: Find answers to frequently asked questions here.
Unemployment Insurance Agency: The Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) operates Michigan’s unemployment insurance program and offers online services through the Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM).
My Next Move: This online resource offers tools to find out which careers are best for you. You can:

  • Search careers by keywords
  • Search careers by industry
  • Answer questions and receive suggested careers based on your interest and skills

O*NET OnLine: This in-depth database has detailed descriptions of the work world. You can:

  • Explore different careers by industry or field of work
  • Search by skill to see what careers are a good fit for you

Going PRO in Michigan with Skilled Trades

Skilled Trades are careers that often require less schooling and less money than a four-year degree. These are high-demand jobs in fields like healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing and construction. Today’s professional trades careers offer great opportunities for Michigan’s high school and community college students.

500,000+ skilled trades jobs expected in Michigan by 2024
45% higher wages compared to all other occupations
50% faster job growth than the statewide average by 2024


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