Career Connect Newsletter: February 2021 - REVISED

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Career Connect Newsletter

February 2021

Michigan Reconnect logo

Applications now being accepted for the Michigan Reconnect scholarship program

Michigan Reconnect is a scholarship program that pays for you to attend your in-district community college and offers a large tuition discount if you attend an out-of-district community college.

You can use the scholarship to complete an associate degree or a skill certificate program. To be eligible, you must (1) be at least 25 years old when you apply, (2) have lived in Michigan for a year or more, (3) have a high school diploma or equivalent, and (4) have not yet completed a college degree (associate or bachelor’s).

Interested in a skill certificate from a private training provider? Michigan Reconnect provides a $1,500 Skills Scholarship for Michiganders enrolled in an approved training program.

To learn more and to apply, visit Reconnect.


How to write a resume graphic image

How to write a resume

You’re prepared to go after that next job – but is your resume ready? Here’s a helpful 12-minute video, courtesy of Detroit at Work, that provides important tips for improving your resume.

PLEASE NOTE: This revised edition includes corrected information about the Conservation Officer positions currently available through the Department of Natural Resources. 

Career and Technical Education Month graphic image

February is Career & Technical Education Month

Governor Whitmer has declared February as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month to highlight opportunities for high school and college students to participate in hands-on training that can be applied to real-world training and career pathways. Currently, more than 97,000 high school students and nearly 90,000 college students are enrolled in CTE programs in Michigan.

Students, parents, educators and life-long learners interested in exploring career options, training, wages and projected openings should visit the Pathfinder website. Additional high school CTE resources and information may be found on MDE’s website.

Additional information about professional trades careers, Career and Technical Education Month and programs may be found at

Or check out the virtual CTE Month event, planned by the Michigan departments of Education and Labor and Economic Opportunity and hosted by Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, that was recorded earlier this month.

Virtual Job Fair graphic image

Virtual Job Fairs: The new way to connect with employers

Job and career fairs are taking place across the state – most of them virtually – to connect Michigan job seekers with employers who have immediate hiring needs. Don’t miss out! Participating in an event will help to expand your network, creating opportunities to engage with and get feedback directly from employers in a virtual/remote space.

Visit the Career Events Calendar on Pure Michigan Talent Connect – and be sure to check there often for great opportunities near you and across the state!

Pure Michigan Talent Connect logo

Your next job awaits!

Looking for a new job? Check out Pure Michigan Talent Connect – – where there are more than 72,000 available jobs listed!

The state’s official jobs portal allows you to create a job seeker profile, save resumes and conduct custom searches for full-time, part-time or temporary jobs. 

Michigan employers are currently looking to fill more than 8,000 positions in healthcare and an additional 9,000 COVID-19 job openings in manufacturing, construction, food service, retail and other industries.

Your next, new or second job awaits – find it on Pure Michigan Talent Connect.

Photo of Michigan State Trooper

Be a Michigan State Trooper

Looking for a career serving the community, being a role model, and making a daily difference in lives of Michiganders? Michigan State Police troopers are full-service police officers with enforcement authority throughout the entire state.

Troopers are asked for their top three post assignment preferences, and are provided their post assignment prior to recruit school beginning. After graduation, a trooper patrols the roads of an assigned geographical area to prevent or detect traffic law violations, conduct criminal investigations and provide a variety of services to the public. After two years of service, troopers are eligible to apply for specialty assignments including detective, forensics, computer crimes, emergency management, aviation, fugitive teams, bomb squad, narcotics teams, canine unit, marine services team, motorcycle unit, tactical bicycle team and many more.

Recruits are paid to train and receive benefits while in recruit school. Upon graduation, a trooper’s base salary is $50,000. Learn more about how to get started in a career as a trooper by visiting the MSP’s website.

Photo of college student reading a book

Food assistance for qualifying college students

Low-income college students in Michigan who are enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs may be eligible to receive food assistance benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

To apply for SNAP benefits, visit To learn more, read this summary on the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services website.

Photo of woman in job interview

Prep for your job interview

Whether it’s in-person or virtual, you’ll need to be prepared to make a great first impression during a job interview.

In this 15-minute video, West Michigan Works! shares great information to know before, during and after the interview.

Photo of corrections officer

Be a Corrections Officer for the State of Michigan

The Michigan Department of Corrections is actively recruiting corrections officers to fill vacancies in facilities across the state.

Employees in this job oversee and participate in the custody, security and treatment of prisoners in correctional facilities. There are many entry-level positions available. Military veterans are encouraged to apply.

A career with the Department of Corrections offers many additional employment and promotional opportunities. Here’s a link to a video that explains the expectations while in the academy.

Hiring for corrections officers is ongoing. To learn more and to apply, visit the Michigan Civil Service Commission’s jobs website.