Career Connect Newsletter: May 2023

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Career Connect Newsletter

May 2023

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Lower Your Childcare Costs by 66%

If the high cost of childcare has prevented you from pursuing a great job, look no further than an employer that participates in MI Tri-Share. Through MI Tri-Share, the cost of childcare is shared equally by you, your employer and the State of Michigan — a three-way split. That means you only pay one-third of childcare for your children.

Plus, you get to choose which childcare provider you prefer. With MI Tri-Share, you’ll have the confidence of knowing your children are in good care while you’re at work. Get back to pursuing a career you love!

Go to for more information.

Employees wanted

Come Join the LEO 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, Student Assistant and much more!

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

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Providing Priority of Service During Military Appreciation Month and Beyond

Michigan’s success would not be possible without the brave men and women who have chosen to serve in our armed forces, whose service reflects the resilient spirit and patriotism embodied by so many of our citizens. That’s something the all-veteran team at Veterans’ Employment Services (VES) understands.

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.

VES helps eligible veterans and their spouses find meaningful employment and work to eliminate barriers they may face. If you or a loved one are a veteran who needs help finding a job, go to to get started. social media graphic

Start Your Job Search at

Pure Michigan Talent Connect (, Michigan's labor exchange system, connects job seekers with Michigan employers.

Unlike other job boards, all employer accounts on undergo a comprehensive approval process. This helps ensure there are fewer incidents of fraud and that the job postings you see are from verified employers.

Other than current job openings, you’ll also find upcoming career events and resources to help you find your next opportunity. career events

Or, create a FREE job seeker account to access even more resources. Just head to to get started.

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Training and Resources for Michiganders with Visual Impairments

The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) provides vocational skills training to aid in finding a job and training in daily living skills for State of Michigan residents living without vision.

If you live in Michigan and you're blind or visually impaired, BSBP will work with you to define your goals and identify appropriate training and services.

Depending upon your needs and eligibility for specific services, BSBP may also provide some types of adaptive equipment, computer software, and postsecondary education. Learn more at

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Explore High-demand, High-wage Career Opportunities During Professional Trades Month

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed May as Professional Trades Month to honor those in these essential fields and encourage Michiganders to explore educational and career opportunities.

With just over 520,000 Michigan jobs and approximately 45,500 annual openings in the professional trades projected by the year 2030, it has never been more important to spotlight these critical fields.

Professional Trades careers include sectors such as agriculture, construction, energy, healthcare, hospitality, information technology, manufacturing, mobility and outdoor recreation. Many of these high-demand, high-wage careers don't require a four-year degree and have pathways that focus on credentials, certificates, on-the-job training and Registered Apprenticeships.

Discover your path to these careers using Pathfinder, Michigan’s free online career exploration tool. This free tool uses labor market information, wage data and other metrics to best match users and their skills with career paths and jobs.

There are many educational resources that support pathways to professional trades careers, including Michigan Reconnect, which provides tuition-free opportunities for eligible Michiganders age 25+ to earn an associate degree or skills certificate.

Financial aid for postsecondary education and career training is also available through the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, which supports students who graduate from high school in Michigan with a diploma or certificate of completion or achieved a high school equivalency certificate in 2023 or after.

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One More Month to Sign Up for a Google Career Certificate Scholarship!

Scholarships for the Google Career Certificates are still available!

The Google Career Certificate program can help you get on the fast track to a competitively paid job in a high-growth field.

You don’t need relevant experience or a degree to complete this flexible, online job training. Just put the skills, passion, and ambition you already have to work.

  • Explore what the program has to offer at Learn more about how the Google Career Certificates work to put you on the path to in-demand jobs.
  • Learn how you can earn a Google Career Certificate for free by contacting your local Michigan Works! office at

Designed by Google, this self-paced, online training program can prepare you for careers in the high-growth fields of project management, user experience (UX) design, data analytics, and IT support.

And with under 10 hours spent studying a week, you can be prepped for a new career in less than six months. 

There are over 1.27 million job openings across Certificate fields and the demand is growing. Earn a credential and stand out to employers with a Google Career Certificate.

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Get Help Finding a Job At Your Michigan Works!

Did you know you can receive support with your job hunt at your local Michigan Works! Service Center?

Local service centers offer a variety of resources including resume assistance, interview coaching, job search guidance, training opportunities, and much more.

Representatives at your local service center can also enroll you in any support programs you may qualify for.

Find your local Michigan Works! Service Center, a proud partner of the American Job 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:

State of Michigan Virtual Job Fair
May 17, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Alpine Adult CRU Open Interviews (in-person event)
May 17, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium
2927 D and M Dr., Gaylord, MI 49735

2nd Annual Diversity Works! Career Expo (in-person event)
May 18, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
UMW Sports Complex
867 South Blvd E, Pontiac, MI 48341

UnitedHealth Group Virtual Job Fair
May 18, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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