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Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Jumpstart Your 2017 Job Search Instantly


Say good riddance to your old career goals, start the New Year with a mission to renew, refocus and rewrite your career destiny.

  • Renew, your outlook about the job search process by thinking positive to receive amazing results. The mindset of job seekers can sometimes hinder their ability to get hired. Try to manifest a winning attitude in 2017. 
  • Refocus, your career path direction by discovering transferable skills that can be applied to another career field. If you have spent 2016 knocking on doors for a same position with no luck, it is time to explore your skills and talents and apply them to a new career field. To identify yours skills, take a FREE Skills Assessment on the Career One Stop website at
  • Rewrite, your resume and cover letter upgrade the content and format of your resume. Instead of the standard chronological format try a functional format; also referred to as a skills profile, this style allows you to focus more on your skill sets. It allows you to choose which skill categories you want to emphasize and showcase. If your resume was written previously by a friend or family member it is time to seek the advice of a qualified professional that specializes in resume writing or career coaching.

In 2017, make your presence known to recruiters and employers; hundreds of people use social media to broadcast who they are and what they can do. Use Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook to connect with the world. If you are currently a customer service representative, in 2017 become an expert in customer service. Post a weekly Facebook Live video provide the Top 5 Customer Service Tips. Build your professional brand and notify the world you are available for employment opportunities. Do something noteworthy in your community that will garner special recognition and build your positive reputation in your career field.

Take advantage of free and low-cost programs to enhance your credentials. Participate in workshops that provide a certificate in your career field, Community Colleges offer short-term certificate degree programs. These programs are added credentials for professionals seeking to boost their career or retrain for a new career field.

Volunteer your talent to the right company and discover new opportunities. Ever heard of pro bono work? Take-on a consulting contract, internships are not just for high schools or college kids. If you have the education for the job but lack the work experience volunteer for the position to build your work history.  Only volunteer for the position you have interest in gaining experience in. Example: Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting volunteer as an Accounting Assistant. You can add this title to your resume with a description of task performed.    

By: CJ Eason, The Job Doctor with Telephone 734-956-4550

Want to Start a Business?


The following information on how to start and own a business is a result of feedback we received from a job seeker who provided a suggestion for the Job Connect Newsletter. Yes, we are listening. If you would like to provide your suggestions, click this link: truly value your opinions and appreciate your feedback.

From startups to growing companies, the Michigan Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) mission is to help business dreams become reality.  The SBDC provides counseling, training, and research to assist small business in launching, grow, transition and innovating.

The SBDC enhances Michigan’s economic well-being by providing counseling, training, and research for new ventures, existing small businesses, and advanced technology companies.

With our headquarters at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, 11 regional offices and more than 20 satellite offices, we provide entrepreneurs and business owners with convenient access to counseling and training throughout Michigan.

Services Include:

  • Business Plan Development
  • Market Research
  • Raising Capital
  • Business Workshops
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Financial Management
  • Export Strategy
  • Strategic Planning

Wherever you are in your business development journey, the SBDC would love to help. For more information on how you can get started, please visit:

How to Ace Your Next Job Interview!


Interviewing for a job can be a very nerve racking experience. I’ve always equated a job interview to two things: public speaking, and dating. You know what I’m talking about…that feeling you get in your stomach before you get up in front of a room full of people to deliver a speech or when you’re out on a first date and the expectations are high. Interviewing is a skill that doesn’t come naturally for anyone. Matter of fact, this skill has to be learned, then honed. I believe anyone can be a good interviewee by learning how to answer questions using the STAR Method.

STAR is an acronym that stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result. This method of answering interview questions can be quite helpful when you are in a behavioral interview and the interviewer(s) are trying to learn if you are going to be a good fit for the position. Matter of fact, most Executive Recruiters agree that there are only three true job interview questions, can you do the job, will you love the job, and are you a good fit for the culture of the organization? It’s these three things that interviewers are trying to uncover, regardless of how many questions they ask you.  

With that in mind, an interviewer will most likely ask you something to the tune of, “please tell me a time when you worked in a team environment and how that benefited you”, or “give me an example of a time when you lead a team, and what was the result of that outcome”.

As soon as you hear these key words: “Give me an example of”, or “tell me a time when” your mind should automatically go to STAR. Prior to your interview, you will want to write down some key accomplishments from your previous jobs, from volunteer experience, school accomplishments, or any relevant event that makes for a great story. With that in mind, here’s how you would answer a behavioral interview question:

Situation:  Well, sir or mam the situation at hand was…

Task: The task involved was…

Action: The action that my team and I took was…

Result: And the result was… (Make sure it’s a positive result).

Using the STAR Method will help you frame your thoughts in a logical manner so that you can clearly explain to the interviewer what you accomplished and what you experienced or succeeded in doing. Remember, the way in which you deliver information is as equally important as the information itself, because it’s not always what you say, but how you say it.

Where can I set up a mock-interview?

If you would like to set up a mock-interview with a workforce development professional, you should contact your local Michigan Works office by clicking on the following link:  Michigan Works Locator

Systems Control is Powered By People


Systems Control designs and manufactures turnkey control systems that are involved in the protection and control of transmission and distribution assets used in the transport of energy from the source to the grid, and ultimately the consumer. We perform every step of our process, from design to delivery, under one roof. 

We work alongside our customers to ensure quality results that go beyond their expectations. It’s important to us to fully understand our clients’ needs, so we assign a dedicated team to work with you from inception to installation. Their goal is simple: optimize design and manufacture so we can provide you with the highest-quality, most cost-effective solution possible. One roof, one goal: extraordinary customer service that’s powered by people.

Click on the video above to learn more about Systems Control. Some job opportunities include: 

You can find Systems Control jobs on Here are a few of the positions that we are recruiting for right now:  Fabricators/Welders, Machine Operators, and a Director of HR.

Avalon Pontoons is Seeking Talent



Avalon is a vertically integrated builder, meaning we make everything—pontoons, framing, furniture, and more—here in our own facility. As a result, we have a much higher degree of control over the production and quality of our products than our competitors, who outsource most of the components.

We work every day with our highly qualified team of experienced welders, furniture makers, assemblers and quality assurance engineers to constantly improve our boats and sustain the incredible level of quality that the Avalon brand is known for. Our expert team is our biggest asset. Everyone here is committed to making sure every piece of every boat down to the smallest detail is perfect.

With that comes the continual integration of new technology. Among some of our newest pieces of cutting-edge technology are our water jet cutter, which provides a smoother finish and more accurate dimensions; our computer-driven Gerber fabric cutters, which allow for more precise furniture patterns; and electronic saws, which do a better job than ever of cutting aluminum to exact dimensions. When there is new technology on the market, our team is using it.

Our customer service team is exceptional as well. They always work efficiently and politely to ensure every interaction with our company is a good one. In fact, Avalon has won the NMMA CSI Award 7 consecutive years from 2008-2014 for outstanding customer service and has one of the lowest incidences of warranty claim in the industry.

Besides being luxurious and strong, all Avalon Pontoons are certified by the National Marine Manufacturer Association. In order to receive that certification, every Avalon Pontoon boat has either met or exceeded the industry’s strictest quality and safety standards. Certified boats also must pass rigorous annual inspections to retain their status. According to U.S. Coast Guard statistics, NMMA Certified boats are much safer than uncertified boats.

At Avalon, we believe that our people are the best in the industry, and because of them, our record of high performance does not surprise us at all. Over 40 years ago, we were already producing the finest U.S.A. manufactured pontoon boats, and it’s only gotten better from there.


Avalon Pontoons is hosting a Career Night Open House

Who: Students (7th – 12th Grades) and Their Parents

When: Wednesday, January 18th from 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Where: Avalon & Tahoe Manufacturing – 903 Michigan Ave, Alma, MI


To apply for a position with Avalon, please visit:

Veteran Focused Hiring Event




Metal Finisher - Romeo

Commercial Door Installer/Service Tech - Whitmore Lake

RN/LPN - Davison/Lapeer

RN/LPN - Maple Rapids

Service Technician - Gladstone

Professional Civil Engineer - Ishpeming

Trailer Mechanic - Dearborn

CMM Technician - Battle Creek

Indoor Automotive Dismantler - Sterling Heights

Mechanical Engineer - Iron River

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