West Michigan Post

Get back into the workforce with new skills and knowledge! West Michigan Works! has training scholarship opportunities available for eligible people who need to upskill or earn a credential to find employment in high-demand industries like health care and manufacturing.   “West Michigan has a variety of options that include opportunities in apprenticeships, on-the- job training, certificates, associate degrees ...
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Second Chance Job Fair Connects Returning Citizens with Jobs One of the biggest challenges for people who have been released from incarceration is finding a job. A 2018 report by Talent 2025 indicated less than 2% of West Michigan employers were hiring individuals with a prior conviction at that time.  And yet, research ...
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Networking in a Virtual World The COVD-19 pandemic has changed the way we interact and communicate, both personally and professionally. Virtual networking events make it easy for job seekers to connect with hiring managers and other professionals until we can once again meet face-to-face. Here are tips to present your best self at your next virtual event.    Take time to prepare  ...
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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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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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