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Launching a successful job search campaign

By KELLI K. NICHOLAS, Marketing Coordinator — Michigan Works!

There are many ways job seekers can use the Internet for a successful job search campaign.

Specific company websites and sites including Indeed.com, CraigsList.com and local newspapers are ways many job seekers apply for openings.

An excellent source for openings statewide is the Michigan Talent Bank, which is used by more than 55,000 employers. Locally during the second quarter of 2011, in the counties of Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Iosco, Ogemaw and Roscommon, almost 14,000 job seekers had placed a resume onto the database.

Looking to improve the assistance provided to job seekers and employers, the Michigan Talent Bank will be replaced with a new and improved job board website this fall with even better ways to use this job search tool.

New fields, which include career category, career type, job level and job characteristics, will better match job skills to openings. Instead of a User ID, job seekers will use their email address to log in.

For first-time users, putting a resume on the Michigan Talent Bank is quite easy. Resume template formats to choose from include chronological, functional, or combination.  The resume-builder takes you through creating a resume step-by-step, including developing an employment objective, listing qualifications, summarizing skills and listing honors, awards and professional organizations.

New items to choose from include stating a work location up to 50 miles away instead of 100 miles, stating employment preferences of: full-time, part-time, regular, temporary, seasonal, or an internship. You can even put in bullet points such sections as work history, skills, honors and notes.

Michigan Works! always has something going on in the Service Centers to assist job seekers and employers. Events often include an “Employer of the Day” conducting in-office interviews, free use of computers, dedicated professional staff members to work with you, workshops on developing a job search campaign and, this summer, planning another successful job fair.

The Mid Michigan Job Fair will be Wednesday, Aug. 8, from noon to 3 p.m. at Morey Courts in Mt. Pleasant. There will be an optional Pre-Job Fair workshop from 11 a.m. until the doors open at noon for the free Job Fair. The workshops will help prepare you to complete applications and speak with hiring managers who are in attendance. Staff members from the various sponsoring agencies and post-secondary schools are recruiting employers to attend.

A listing of committed employers can be found atmidmichiganjobfair.com

Michigan Works! is constantly changing and evolving. If you have not visited a Service Center in your area, look at what you are missing!

(Mid Michigan Career Outlook is a regular monthly feature of The Laker Current.)

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