Career Connect Newsletter: August 2021

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Career Connect Newsletter

August  2021

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Personalized Employment Services for Veterans

Veterans’ Employment Services helps eligible Michigan Veterans and their spouses meet their employment needs by providing personalized services.

If you or someone you know is a Veteran, let our team of dedicated Veterans help you! Get started at

Employees wanted

Job Seekers: Join LEO's Team!

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is actively hiring for several positions – these are jobs that support Michiganders!

Current opportunities include Rehabilitation Councilors, Executive Secretary, Departmental Analyst and more!

If you're passionate about supporting our state's residents and businesses, explore State of Michigan job openings today!

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August is Back to School Month!

If you started an educational program and didn’t finish, or never received your GED, there are low-cost education options available to you. Adult Education programs can help you finish or complete your education through their 120 programs. 

Why get your high school equivalency now? Today's jobs and most training program require a high school diploma or equivalent. And individuals with a high school diploma earn on average $6,000 more per year than those without one.

Find the right program for you at

COVID Emergency Rental Assistance

Get Rental and Utility Assistance

If you are unemployed or underemployed, making ends meet can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are many programs available to help you. 

If you need help paying your rent or utilities, assistance is available through the MDHHS COVID Emergency Rental Assistance program for qualified individuals.

The program serves renters who have experienced a reduction in income or have qualified for unemployment benefits either directly or indirectly because of COVID.

Individuals who qualify should apply despite the CDC eviction moratorium extension, since it only applies to areas the CDC determines is experiencing "substantial" or "high" COVID-19 transmission.   

Go to for more information and to apply.

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Receiving Food Assistance? You May Qualify for Other Benefits

Job seekers between ages 18 and 59 who receives food assistance benefits may qualify for the Food Assistance Employment and Training (FAE&T) program.

FAE&T offers a variety of personalized services to help participants find and keep a good job, including case management, employment and training activities, and help with supportive services.

FAE&T is currently available in 27 Michigan counties via the Michigan Works! one-stop service centers. Contact your local Michigan Works! service center to see if you qualify.

Career Explorer

Have You Checked Out Career Explorer?

Have you had a chance to check out Career Explorer – Pure Michigan Talent Connect’s newest tool? Career Explorer leverages your professional experience to find you personalized training and educational programs to help you get from where you are to where you want to be.

Create a free account on Pure Michigan Talent Connect and start your new future and

Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren

Your First Impression

Even before an interview, the first impression you make on your future employer comes from your resume and cover letter.

Make a great first impression by utilizing the tips in the Resumes & Cover Letters Resource Packet (, courtesy of Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren.

Michigan eLibrary

Job and Career Accelerator

As part of the Michigan Department of Education’s eLibrary, the Job & Career Accelerator inside the LearningExpress Library has a variety of great career exploration and job preparation resources.

It includes lessons for creating effective resumes and cover letters, job interview tips, exploring careers, and much more. Once you create a free account, the lessons, courses, practice tests, occupation cards, eBooks, flashcards and tutorials you download will be saved for later retrieval.

Check out the Job & Career Accelerator today!

Pure Michigan Talent Connect Career Events Calendar

Virtual & In-Person Job Fairs: Approved work search activities

Did you know participating in a virtual job fair can serve as an approved work search activity for unemployment benefits claimants?

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

KRESA Edu Staff and Dean Transportation Recruiting Event (in-person event)
(August 24, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Inpatient Unit Clerk Virtual Hiring Event
(August  24, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) 

Bavarian Inn Open Interview (In-person) 
(August 24, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) 

Jiffy Mixes Virtual Hiring Event
(August 26, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Patient Attendant Virtual Hiring Event
(August 30, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Metro Detroit Career Expo (In-person) 
(August 31, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) 

Be sure to check often for the latest job and career events.