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JANUARY 27, 2012
Amy Cell
Welcome to Talent Connect 2012!  In this new year we're launching innovative strategies to help you find the talent you’ll need in the coming months and beyond.  Learn about the State of Michigan’s first-ever virtual career fair targeting IT and high-tech job seekers.  We’ve kept the cost low to allow any Michigan employer looking for high-tech talent to recruit job seekers from around the country without ever leaving their office.  And Shifting Code is a new, short-term program to train IT professionals in in-demand programming languages.

New in this issue:  We Hire Heroes, stories of Michigan employers who hire the brave men and women who have served our country.  If your company recruits and employs returning veterans, we want to recognize your efforts.  E-mail us at  veteransservices@michigan.gov and tell us how hiring a veteran has benefited your business.


Amy Cell
Senior Vice President, Talent Enhancement
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Employer Resources

Sign up now to find top IT and high-tech talent, virtually

Employers have only a few days left to register for MiVirtualCareerFair: IT and High Tech, the first State of Michigan-sponsored virtual career fair designed to connect Michigan businesses with skilled high-tech talent within a live, 3-D virtual environment.   Sign up here by Tuesday, Jan. 31, to take part in the February 15th event. 

The online, virtual platform will give you an opportunity to:
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  • Connect and interact with talent from anywhere in the country, avoiding the time and expense of traditional career fairs.
  • Build a virtual booth to engage job seekers and display up to 100 high-tech and IT openings.
  • Interact directly with candidates and other employers in the Networking Lounge.
  • Share informational videos about your business in the Auditorium.
Employers will receive a standard ($500) or premium ($750) booth in the Virtual Exhibit Hall which can be easily customized with company branding, logos, graphics, video, and details such as company history or employee benefits.  After the event, exhibitors will receive in-depth analytics including candidate resumes, applications, chat transcripts, and booth visit data. Learn more about MiVirtualCareerFair here.

MichAGAIN, Washington D.C.
Help bring top talent back home to Michigan 

On February 8th & 9th, Michigan employers are invited to take part in the Pure Michigan Opportunity Career Fair and MichAGAIN event in Orlando, Florida, targeting engineers, IT professionals, and project managers recently laid off from jobs with NASA. The MichAGAIN event will showcase Michigan’s thriving IT, engineering and defense industries, allowing Michigan employers to recruit talented ex-pats with hard-to-find skills who are interested in coming back to Michigan.  To register for either event, click here.

Shifting Code:  IT training designed with employers in mind

Shifting Code is the state’s new initiative to make sure Michigan  employers have the tech talent they need to thrive and expand.  The
program offers skilled IT job seekers the opportunity to get additional, short-term training in high-demand software programming languages.  Ann Arbor SPARK will host the first cohort of students who will train in Drupal. 

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We will announce Shifting Code training opportunities throughout the state in the coming year, each focused on specific IT skills needed by local employers. If you’re a Michigan employer looking for job seekers with specific programming skills, or if you would like to sponsor a project or mentor a student, we want to hear from you! 
Please complete an IT skills survey here.  To learn more about the Shifting Code program, visit the Shifting Code website or send an email to ShiftingCode@michigan.org.

Your opinion could be worth a cool $100!

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is seeking volunteers for a focus group on a new Michigan career website for both employers and job seekers.  The focus group will be held in Lansing on Tuesday, February 7 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.  If you're interested in participating, click here to let us know.  We'll select up to 15 people to take part.  If you are chosen, we will contact you by phone or email with further details.  Participants will receive a $100 gift card!

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Michigan Tech to host career fair on February 21 featuring engineering and IT talent

Michigan Tech University graduates some of the top engineering and IT students in the country.  On February 21, you’ll have the opportunity to recruit talented Michigan Tech graduates for your open positions at Michigan Tech’s bi-annual Career Fair.  To register or learn more, go to www.career.mtu.edu.

Attention Michigan employers:  win lunch with Governor Snyder!

If you're a Michigan employer, your pledge to participate in the Talent Connect program could win you lunch with Governor Snyder.  Three employers and three job seekers will be chosen for a special meal with the Governor where you’ll share your ideas for reinventing Michigan.  Winning employers also will receive iPad 2s. Contest ends January 31, 2012.  To enter, submit your pledge to participate in Talent Connect.

Hire a vet!  MiTalent.org features tools, resources for employers and veterans

MiTalent.org, the state’s website designed to match employers with talented job seekers, features a special section devoted to veterans and the employers who hire them.  Learn about federal and state incentives for hiring a vet, veteran-specific job fairs and hiring opportunities, and a list of more than 60 Veterans’ Services Representatives around the state who are ready to help you find and hire a talented vet.  The site also offers resources for the veterans on your payroll who may need help with some of the specific challenges they face.   Click here for the Veterans section of Pure Michigan Talent Connect.

We Hire Heroes

Quality Dairy Company, Lansing

Lisa Benson, HR Recruiter for Quality Dairy, on the benefits of hiring veterans: 

"Veterans possess a strong work ethic, self motivation, and they understand the need for strict adherence to standards – characteristics that make them excellent employees at Quality Dairy.  The state’s Veterans’ Services Division staff listens to our needs and responds with talented veterans for the jobs we have to fill. "

Read more about Quality Dairy’s effort to hire veterans in the Lansing State Journal.

Lansing State Journal

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