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January 3, 2013

Michigan WORKS! offers free job preparation workshops

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Written by: Bruce Snook
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Kalamazoo, MI – Michigan WORKS! recently announced the schedule of workshops to assist job seekers for the month of January at the Kalamazoo and Three Rivers Michigan WORKS! Service Centers. The workshops are designed to address a number of issues job seekers are facing in today’s tight job market.  In her recommendation to other job seekers, Mary Ann Bush, a previous attendee of the Employability Skills workshop stated, “Having taken other classes from Michigan Works, I feel that the Employability Skills class brought them all together. Besides the improvement to my resume and cover letter I have experienced great value in the use of STAR stories (Situation, Tasks, Actions, Results) and the networking business card.  In one of my interviews I was able to use the examples I had prepared in class with a confidence that I had refined the response to be most descriptive and impacting.”

Another workshop, The Mature Job Seeker, was extremely popular in December and is being repeated on January 9 at the Kalamazoo Service Center. Attendee, Dennis Gibbs stated, “If we can find ways to convince a potential employer that we can help their business operate more productively, efficiently, and provide better service to their customers, we should be able to convince an employer that we can be a smart addition to their team.”

Additional workshop topics include: Computer Basics, Interviewing Tips, Effective Resumes, Veterans Employment, Identifying Your Marketable Skills, Job Corp Orientation, WorkKeys Testing, Networking and Technology, Affordable Housing Options, Michigan Works Orientation, and Repair Your Credit/Organize Your Life.  Workshops range from one to three hours in length and are scheduled at various days and times throughout the month; some are offered more than once.  Class size is limited; therefore, reservations are required and can be made by calling 269-383-2536 in Kalamazoo and 269-273-2717 in Three Rivers. Walk-ins are welcome if there is available space.  For a complete description of each of the workshops and the schedule of dates and times please visit www.michiganworkskalamazoo.org.

Michigan WORKS! is a customer focused statewide workforce development system that prepares individuals for work.  Assistance is available to employers and job seekers to ensure that employers are provided with a supply of skilled workers and individuals are provided with an opportunity to advance knowledge and skills to achieve economic self-sufficiency.  Michigan WORKS! receives funding from federal and state governments through Michigan’s Workforce Development Agency.

For more information, please visit the Michigan WORKS! Service Center in Kalamazoo at 1601 S. Burdick Street, in Three Rivers at 16587 Enterprise Drive or online at www.michiganworkskalamazoo.org  To find other Michigan WORKS! locations in Michigan visit www.michiganworks.org.

Source:  News release from Michigan WORKS!


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