Career Connect Newsletter: May 2021

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Career Connect Newsletter

May  2021

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Your Next Job Awaits

With a free Pure Michigan Talent Connect account, job seekers can upload or create a resume, customize their job preferences, store employment-related documents, manage their job searches, sign up for job notifications, and much more.

PMTC allows job seekers to search for thousands of available positions in all industries including agriculture, construction, education, energy, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing and mobility.

To create an account and search for your next great job, visit

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Explore Your Options with Pathfinder

Students, their parents and school counselors should check out the Michigan Career and Education Pathfinder site to explore careers and identify educational opportunities throughout the state. Pathfinder helps you make informed choices about educational and career options and plans to reach your goals.

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May is Military Appreciation Month in Michigan!

May is Military Appreciation Month, and this gives us an opportunity to highlight the great employment resources and services available to our state’s Veterans.

Veterans' Employment Services provide individualized, one-on-one career services designed to assist in reducing or eliminating identified barriers. Check out this video that provides an overview of their services. Learn more at

On Pure Michigan Talent Connect, applicants who identify themselves as Veterans receive “veteran preference,” which includes 24-hour advance notice of job postings before they are visible to the general public.

The monthly VES Newsletter contains information on a variety of resources and services. To stay up to date, follow Veterans' Employment Services on Facebook.

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Learn More, Earn More

The data is overwhelming: the more you learn, the more you earn! In fact, those with a high school credential can earn more than $6,000 more per year than those without one!

To find an approved adult education program near you, check out the Adult Education Services Locator – it’s free and easy to use!

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Michigan Reconnect – free college tuition program

Michigan’s Reconnect program can help you open new doors and reawaken your dreams of earning a degree – tuition-free at an in-district community college.

Visit Reconnect to see if you’re eligible for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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It’s Professional Trades Month!

Did you know professional trades careers in Michigan pay about 39% higher than the statewide median for all occupations – with a median salary of $57,000 with little to no student debt?

May is Professional Trades Month, an ideal time to explore these great opportunities! Check out the Michigan Career and Education Pathfinder site which can help you make informed choices about educational and career options.

Michiganders can also explore the Going PRO Day in the Life series to learn more about these careers firsthand from professionals in the trades.

Current professional trades openings are listed on Pure Michigan Talent Connect, the state’s online platform for connecting job seekers and employers.

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Emergency Rental Assistance is Available

Having trouble paying or receiving rent? The Michigan State Housing and Development Authority has federal funds available to help tenants facing pandemic-related hardships avoid eviction through the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance program. To learn more and apply, visit

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Michigan's Clean Slate Pilot Program

Michiganders can now get help with expunging eligible convictions from their criminal record to aid them in their pursuit of full-time employment thanks to the new Clean Slate Pilot program.

These services are offered throughout the state by Michigan Works! agencies.

Visit to find the service center nearest you.

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Virtual Job Fair Schedule

According to the Unemployment Insurance Agency, participating in a virtual job fair will serve as an approved work search activity when that requirement goes into effect for claimants at the end of this month.

A schedule of upcoming virtual job fairs is available on the Pure Michigan Talent Connect Career Events Calendar. Among the upcoming events:

Northwest Michigan Works! Virtual Hiring Event
(May 25, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

Michigan Virtual Career Expo
(May 25, 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

SEMCA Virtual Job Fair
(May 28, 9 a.m. – Noon)

Educator Virtual Job Fair
(June 16, 9 a.m. - Noon)

Be sure to check often for the latest events throughout the state.