Veterans' Employment Services in Michigan: September 2021 Newsletter

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September 2021

Veterans' Employment Services Newsletter


About Veterans’ Employment Services

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Welcome to the Veterans’ Employment Services (VES) Newsletter. Our mission is to assist you and your family secure meaningful careers in Michigan.

The concept of veterans helping veterans is a trademark of the VES team and one of the keys to its success. Veterans face many challenges when transitioning out of the military – finding meaningful employment should not be one of them.

  • Veterans in need of employment assistance should contact the nearest Michigan Works! One-Stop Service Center by calling 800-285-WORKS (9675) or visiting
  • More information about Veterans’ Employment Services is available at
  • Register today and start your job search at Pure Michigan Talent Connect at

Looking for Career Information? Need Help with a Job Search?

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Start by looking at Michigan’s Job Outlook, where you’ll find growing job fields including:

  • Skilled Trades: Carpenters, Industrial and Operating Engineers
  • Community: Family Councilors, Social Workers and Community Service Managers
  • Medical: Nurses, Health Service Managers and Physical Therapist
  • Education: Secondary and Middle School Teachers 
  • Financial: Accountants, Auditors and Cost Estimators  

Next, explore your options with the recently updated Pathfinder! You’ll find:

  • Career Research and Exploration Resources
  • Skills Assessment
  • Training and Apprenticeship Opportunities

Pathfinder uses state-specific career and education data and allows you to compare paths to find the best fit for you. Go to to get started!

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Next Level! Discuss your career options with a Career Advisor at your local Michigan Works! Find your local service center at or by calling 800-285-9675.

Veteran Employment Readiness Series – Federal Resumes

October 5 Employment readiness flyer

Don't miss out on FREE hour-long classes to learn the difference between civilian and federal resume writing and more! The next event takes place on Tuesday, October 5 at 11 a.m.

This ongoing series is offered through a partnership between Michigan Veterans' Employment Services and Michigan National Guard Family Programs.

Register for the event using this link.

Also, check out VES' Employment Planning Tip of the Day at Veterans’ Employment Services Tip of the Day: Fine tuning your resume - YouTube

A Few Questions with...

Rayetta Wyatt

Rayetta Wyatt – Veterans' Career Advisor, Flint

How has your military experience helped you in your position as a Veterans' Career Advisor (VCA)?

While in the military, my job as an Administrative Specialist (71L) required effective communication to in-process soldiers, prepare their paperwork, check for accuracy within the packets, and communicate with my team if there were any errors or paperwork left out, which means we worked effectively as a team to accomplish those nightly missions. As a Veterans’ Career Advisor, working with our team of partners, colleagues and our customers is similar and is essential in making the necessary connections, and providing the most appropriate services respectfully and attentively.

What should Veterans expect when they meet with a VCA?

Veterans should expect integrity, and outstanding customer service from their Veterans’ Career Advisors. We have some of the most wonderful VCAs who are dedicated and passionate in their areas of expertise and sharing the wealth of knowledge they bring to this organization. As VCAs and Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives, we take pride in extending that warm handshake of compassion to our sisters, brothers and families and letting them know we're here and dedicated to assisting our Veterans who are experiencing barriers to employment. Veterans have so much to offer, and the VCAs would like to be that building block connecting Veterans with the appropriate resources and career guidance moving them closer to their career goals.

What resource do you recommend to Veterans seeking employment? 

I'd start out by directing our Veterans to their local Michigan Works! Agencies. We work in partnership with the American Job Centers (One-Stop Service Centers), where there's a host of resources available in one location – whether it’s starting out with attending a resume or job search workshop, looking into training opportunities that create additional marketability, or receiving one-on-one career services. Visiting your local Michigan Works! will be one of the starting points with connecting to a VCA. Networking is very important for Veterans seeking employment, where personal recommendations and connections can be a very resourceful tool when connecting with the right people. Using the appropriate social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+ just to name a few are also useful tools.   

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Veteran Success: UP Veteran Expands Career Opportunities

Timothy LaCrosse

Timothy LaCrosse is a U.S. Air Force Veteran who served from 1981-1985. After his time in the service, Timothy held a full-time job driving a truck until the pandemic when his employer could no longer sustain operations. Timothy was looking to make a career move into heating and cooling or heavy equipment operations.

Timothy was immediately dual enrolled with VES VCA Paul Burke and the MWA Career Team. They were able to assist Timothy in creating an employment plan. Once complete, Timothy was introduced to VES LVER Kendal Kettle. Together, they began the process of searching for positions in heating and cooling, and heavy equipment operations in the Delta County area. Timothy put out applications with De Hooghe & Viau Plumbing Heating and Delta County Airport as a heavy equipment operator. Once he applied for the positions, Kendal immediately began the advocacy process with both companies and secured interviews with both employers.

Leading up to the interviews, Paul and Kendal provided extensive interview prep skills. Following both interviews, Timothy was tentatively offered the job with both employers! Because working at Delta County Airport was his dream position, Timothy accepted their offer and began working as a heavy equipment operator on August 16, making $17.25 an hour plus benefits. 

Employers in Kalkaska County Need You!

Kalkaska County Job Fair

Kalkaska Downtown Development Authority along with the Northwest Michigan Works! hosted a community job fair with employers from Kalkaska, Antrim, Crawford, Grand Traverse and Wexford Counties. The job fair took place on September 8 at the new Village of Kalkaska Pavilion on Railroad Square. Job seekers who attended the event were able to speak directly with employers about the array of openings. 

Shoreline Fruit is seeking to fill several positions to include Team Leaders, Safety, Drivers, Forklift Operators, etc. Shoreline Fruit offers a compressed schedule with 4 days on and 4 days off, along with benefits and competitive wages. 

Fort Hood Transitioning Service Member Mega Career Event

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On September 13-14, Intensive Services Coordinator, Randy Leffel and Veterans Employment Services Regional Manager, Calvitta Collin joined nearly 200 employers who attended the Fort Hood Mega Career Event in Fort Hood, Texas.

The event is designed to provide transitioning service members, retirees and other military job seekers with an opportunity to meet with employers from all over the country. Randy and Calvitta proudly represented VES and spoke with several transitioning service members about the opportunities available in Michigan. 

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Check Out these Upcoming Job and Career Events

An up-to-date list of upcoming job and career events is available on Pure Michigan Talent Connect’s Career Events Calendar.


Manufacturing Day Job Fair (in-person event)

October 1, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  
Event Link: Visit the MFGDay Website
Location: ResourceMFG – 3125 Sovereign Dr., Lansing, MI 48911

Come for snacks, gifts and on the spot interviews for entry level and experienced manufacturing positions, paying up to $18 per hour!


Military, Veteran and Family Resource Fair (in-person event)

October 15, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Event Link: See the flyer
Borley-Hanel VFW Post and Auxiliary 3033 – 4841 E Pickard St., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Learn about benefits and services available to service members, Veterans and military-connected families. Resources include Veteran Affairs, homeless support, financial assistance, caregiver support and more.


Gestamp Job Fair (in-person event)

October 7, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
October 8, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Event Link: See the flyer 
Location: Gestamp Job Fairs – 5800 Sibley Rd., Chelsea, MI 48118

Manpower is hiring for manufacturing positions for Gestamp. Look for the tent in the parking lot. Seeking both part- and full-time candidates on all three shifts. Starting pay rate is $16.00-18.00 per hour plus shift premium. 


Van Buren County Stand Down (in-person event)

October 15, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  
Event Link: See the flyer
Location: Decatur VFW – 560 N. Phelps St., Decatur, MI 49045

Connect with various services including MVAA, vocational rehabilitation, support services for Veteran families, housing, healthcare, employment and more!


Virtual Veterans Experience Action Center (V-VEAC)

October 21, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Event Link: Register using this link

For those needing assistance filing a claim for the first time or are looking to enroll in VA healthcare and would like to schedule a one-on-one appointment with an expert where they'll receive guidance on benefits, claims, and peer-to-peer support services.


Virtual Job Fairs Count as Work Search Activity in Michigan
Registering for and attending Virtual Job Fair events supported by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity count as official work search activities required by the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Check out upcoming Virtual Job Fairs by visiting Pure Michigan Talent Connect’s Career Events website.

Event Success Tips

  • Be Prepared: Charge your phone and practice your elevator pitch.
  • Keep an Open Mind: You never know which company has the perfect job for you.
  • Work the Room: Stop by every booth and share your QR code with every organization.
  • Rule of 3: Get at least three company follow-ups.
  • Apply as You Network: Apply to open positions while you network with recruiters.
  • Smile: Be confident. You've got this!


If you are a veteran looking for information concerning education, health care, benefits or quality of life programs, please visit the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for more information, or call the Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center at 800-MICH-VET. 

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Veterans' Employment Services is part of Workforce Development, within the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity's Office of Employment and Training.