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May 2nd, 2017

Your Career in I.T. Starts Here


In response to the increasing demand for information technology (IT) jobs, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is partnering with “IT in the D” and Goodwill Industries of Mid-Michigan to provide funding for training and certification for entry level IT positions in Flint, including help-desk services, typically gateway employment for career advancement in the field.

“This is an opportunity for job candidates to get in at the ground level of an exciting profession that is expanding with the promise of a rewarding career,” said Cynthia Richardson, director, talent attraction and resources, Michigan Economic Development Corporation…

“By providing minimal or no-cost training, the field is immediately accessible to job seekers while promoting Flint as an attractive market for new IT jobs,” she said. “Serving as a catalyst for IT education and increasing the supply of qualified IT job-seekers clearly demonstrates the state’s commitment to foster a positive business and job-creation environment in Mid-Michigan.”

Through its partnership with MEDC and Goodwill Industries, “IT in the D” is expanding to Flint with the aim of eventually a statewide presence. Local partners include GST Michigan Works! And Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

“IT in the D,” a nonprofit established in 2001 as a networking group for IT professionals in Detroit, aims to provide a roadmap for training, certifications, job searches and career counseling. The Detroit chapter has 5,000 members.

IT-training funds, which come from a Goodwill Industries grant, cover costs for online courses through Career Academy and all or partial accreditation fee for 15 candidates. Deadline to apply is May 5, 2017. Registration is available through Goodwill Industries of Michigan by calling (810) 762-9960.

Join the pack at Coyote Logistics


About: Coyote, a UPS company, is a leading third-party logistics provider fiercely dedicated to delivering unprecedented customer service. No Excuses.

In 2006, Coyote was founded to be a company where people could be happy at work and feel like they belonged to something bigger than themselves. This vibrant and unique culture has catapulted Coyote to a pack of more than 2,000 employees in offices across North America. At Coyote, we share in each other’s success. We take care of each other, because everyone matters. From the very first day, these values are ingrained in every Coyote. 


Location: 777 E. Eisenhower Pkwy, Suite 200 Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Open positions:

National Account Manager Sales Trainee 

Driver Services Representative

Desktop Support Analyst 

To see a full list of Coyote’s open career opportunities, 

Additional information: Coyote offers on-site training and ongoing career development; competitive pay; a comprehensive benefits package; a 401(k) plan; casual dress; and an entrepreneurial, vibrant, motivating, familial, and fun culture.

How to Apply:  Apply online at

Job Seekers: Soft Skills Needed for Success


In today’s job market, a degree and good grades won’t suffice. Soft skills are essential to all careers and employers are in constant need of these. Soft skills are personal attributes that enable someone to plug right into a company and harmoniously interact with other people. Recruiters are looking to hire and retain talent. But the issue that they face is keeping skilled workers because they lack the basic soft skills needed to be a valuable employee. As a job seeker, you want to make sure that you are prepared to be successful beyond the hiring date.

Pure Michigan Talent Connect offers a free soft skill training program as a resource to help you. The goals of this Lifelong Soft Skills eLearning series is to raise awareness among students, job seekers, and incumbent workers about key skills needed for workplace success. It encourages and suggests attributes that employers are looking for, and is not intended to address employer practices or labor management relations.

The program offers 14 video training options in four areas, including:

·       Communication

·       Critical Thinking

·       Collaboration

·       Creativity

“Your previous work experience or technical skills may land you the interview.” said Director of Talent Attraction and Resources, Cynthia Richardson. “But if you lack the soft skills employers need, it could be the deal-breaker between getting the job or not. Being able to provide the interviewer or hiring manager examples of your previous work or school projects that demonstrate teamwork, communication, and time management are just a few of the key soft skills employers look for.”

The eLearning Soft Skills Program provide extensive training on things that are learned outside of the classroom. If you’re looking for a way to stand out from other candidates and you would like to learn more about the program, visit


LaTya Jefferson is a Talent Team intern with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, working to develop content for our external and internal newsletters, highlighting success stories, programs, and resources for business attraction.

Join the lawn care professionals at Lush Lawn



Are you looking for a job in the lawn care industry? What about a career? At Lush Lawn the sky is the limit! With a growing company, new positions and opportunities for advancement are becoming available regularly. We offer a variety of great employment opportunities that are a perfect fit for many different kinds of people. If you’re caring, friendly, and interested in delivering extraordinary services to our customers, we likely have a position that would suit your talents. Some of the positions that we staff include (but are not limited to); lawn technicians, tree technicians, office personnel and lawn consultants both residential and commercial services. We also have a growing number of management positions within the company. Lush Lawn isn’t just a place where you can come to work, it’s also a place where you can build a career.


Corporate Office & Rochester Branch:  2153 Avon Industrial Drive, Rochester Hills, Mi 48309

Grand Blanc Branch 8250 Embury Rd., Grand Blanc, MI 48439

Brighton Branch 1300 Rickett Rd., Brighton, MI 48116

Open positions:

Lawn Technician - Rochester Hills (multiple locations)

Lawn Consultant - Brighton (multiple locations)

How to Apply:  online at or or Pure Michigan Talent Connect

Benefits and Perks:

  • Competitive wage with bonus
  • On-the-job training programs
  • Health, dental, vision, life insurance
  • 401k with matching, paid vacation & PTO
  • Management training seminars
  • Family and holiday events
  • Free lawn care service
  • Plus, win tickets to sporting events and DTE Energy music theater concerts

MNA AmeriCorps VISTA Program



The Michigan Nonprofit Association AmeriCorps VISTA Program is a cohort of 32 VISTAs (Volunteers In Service To America) who serve throughout the state of Michigan in a national service role and focus on eliminating poverty within the areas of education and economic opportunity. The MNA VISTA Program is seeking to fill up to 32 positions to serve on a full-time basis for one year, from August 8, 2017 to August 7, 2018. We are seeking candidates to serve at the following host sites:

  • Adoption Option, Inc. (Midland)
  • Alma College (Alma)
  • Alcona Community Schools (Alpena)
  • Alternatives for Girls (Detroit)
  • Battle Creek College Access Network (Battle Creek)
  • Capital Area College Access Network (Lansing)
  • Carson City-Crystal Schools (Carson City)
  • Char-Em United Way (Petoskey)
  • Communities in Schools of Michigan (Lansing)
  • Davenport University (Grand Rapids)
  • Delta College (University City)
  • Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD (Sault Ste Marie)
  • Ferris State University (Big Rapids)
  • Ferris State University (Grand Rapids)
  • Heart of West Michigan United Way (Grand Rapids)
  • Lenawee Community Foundation (Tecumseh)
  • Oakland University (Pontiac)
  • Read Muskegon (Muskegon)

·        School-to-Career Progressions (Grand Rapids)

·        St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce (St. Ignace)

·        The ROCK Center for Youth Development (Midland)

·        University of Michigan College of Pharmacy (Ann Arbor)

·        University of Michigan Flint (Flint)

·        Urban Neighborhood Initiatives Detroit (Detroit)

·        Washtenaw Literacy (Ypsilanti)

·        Wayne County College Access Network, SEMCA (Taylor)

AmeriCorps VISTA members serve their communities in a variety of ways and can expect to participate in the following activities:

  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Volunteer Management
  • Resource Development
  • Grant Writing
  • Fundraising
  • Community Partnership Building
  • Volunteer Training

AmeriCorps VISTA service also comes with great benefits, including a living stipend, student loan forbearance or deferment, health coverage, vacation time, professional development, and more!
Positions must be filled by June 16th, so apply today at

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Huskies in A2 event


On April 13, 2017, Ann Arbor SPARK conducted an exclusive career networking event at Michigan Technological University in Houghton.  It was marketed as an informal career networking event in an effort to replace the typical career fair approach with a more personalized, relaxed environment where students are comfortable having detailed conversations with participating employers which included GM, Nexient, Rhetech, Zeiss and Southwest Research Institute.


The networking event was planned around MTU’s annual Design Expo in an effort to target Engineering and IT students for the high demand in the Ann Arbor area.  The Design Expo highlights hands-on, discovery based learning at Michigan Tech.  More than 1000 students in Enterprise and Senior Design teams showcased their work and competed for awards. A panel of judges, made up of distinguished corporate representatives and Michigan Tech staff and faculty members, critiqued the projects. Many team projects are sponsored by industry, which allows students to gain valuable experience through competition at Design Expo, as well as direct exposure to real industrial problems.

How were students selected for the networking event?

Some participating employers were judges and invited students that appeared to be of interest.  Several projects were highlighted in different breakout sessions where students presented on their project.  Engineering and IT presenters were approached and invited to the event, including all members of their team.

During the Design Expo event, students would present their project to visitors of their display and answer questions. Ann Arbor employers provided students they were interested in a special invitation to the networking event encouraging them to attend.

The networking event

The networking event was held at the Downtowner Lounge, a popular location for MTU students.  Fortunately it was an unusually pleasant day so many of the participants networked on the deck outdoors.  Approximately 75 students attended and the employer feedback was immediately positive. The casual environment allowed students to learn more about the attending employers and about their job opportunities. Employers had the opportunity to learn more about the students they selected to attend, something that does not happen naturally at a career fair structured event.