Career Connect Newsletter: May 2022

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Career Connect Newsletter

May 2022

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We Need Your Feedback!

Last Fall, we relaunched Pathfinder, Michigan's career exploration tool. The updated tool allows users to complete a career or education roadmap to best suit their needs - all from the palm of their hands. 

Now we want to know about your experience! If you've used Pathfinder, please take a moment to complete this brief survey. Your responses will be used to help us continue making improvements to the tool. 

If you haven't used Pathfinder before, head to to explore in-demand occupational paths, fields of study, schools and more!

Stay Well

Taking Care of your Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Just like our physical health, we need to prioritize taking care of our mental health – especially during a prolonged job search.  

If you or someone you know are looking for resources to help maintain your mental health, go to

You’ll find behavioral health guides, mental health webinars, a free and anonymous counseling hotline, tips about coping for kids and adults and more!

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Celebrating Professional Trades Month

Many businesses require highly skilled workers to fill a multitude of trades jobs in the construction, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, mobility and service industries. With nearly 530,000 Michigan jobs and 47,000 annual openings in the professional trades projected by the year 2028, it has never been more important to spotlight these critical fields.

In Michigan, professional trades careers pay about 30% higher than the statewide median for all occupations, with a median salary of nearly $59,000. Many of these high-demand, high-wage careers do not require a four-year degree and have pathways that focus on credentials, certificates, on-the-job training, registered apprenticeships and other preparation elements.

Explore training opportunities for these careers at

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Experiencing Homelessness? Help is Available!

Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) provide rental assistance and service funding to prevent, prepare, and respond to the pandemic. 

The EHVs provide for rental assistance and service funding to prevent, prepare, and respond to coronavirus and to facilitate the leasing of the emergency vouchers, such as security deposit assistance, utility hook-up or arrearage assistance, housing search assistance, moving assistance, and other costs related to retention and support of participating owners.

Learn more about the EHV program and how it can help you on the Michigan State Housing Authority's website

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You May Be Eligible for Tuition-Free College!

Michigan Reconnect pays the cost of in-district tuition for eligible adult who want to pursue an associate degree or skills certificate at any of Michigan's public community colleges, including its three tribal colleges. 

Reconnect has already helped thousands of students, including Deanna Madewell, go back to school. Deanna is among 97,000 Michiganders accepted into Michigan Reconnect since its launch in February 2021. Learn more about the program, including how to apply at

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Ready to Help Those Who've Served

During Military Appreciation Month, we honor the brave Michiganders who serve our country in uniform and acknowledge their families who support them. 

This month, and every month, the dedicated veterans at Veterans’ Employment Services are prepared to help transitioning services members and eligible veterans and their spouses meet their employment goals.

Find out more about what they do and connect with a Local Veterans’ Employment Representative at

LEO 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 Counselors, an electrician 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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Visit Your Local Service Center

If you’re looking for in-person support to help you on your job seeking journey, check out your local Michigan Works! Service Center, a proud partner of the American Job Center.

Local service centers offer a variety of resources including resume assistance, interview coaching, job search guidance, training opportunities, and for certain qualified individuals, assistance paying for job-related costs.

Find your local Michigan Works! Service Center at or by calling 1-800-285-WORKS.

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:

The RFC Group Job Fair (in-person event)
(May 22, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
EDS Management – 17376 W 12 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48076

Inpatient Unit Clerk Virtual Hiring Event
(May 23, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Hired in Michigan Job Expo (in-person event)
(May 31, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Sheraton Hotel – 8000 Merriman Rd, Romulus, MI 48174

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