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Job Connect Newsletter

September 28, 2016


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Connect with Michigan Veterans' Employment Services and other vets on Facebook!

Thank you for your service to this great country. Are you part of the Michigan Veterans' Employment Services Facebook family? Take a minute to LIKE the page and join the conversation.

U.S. Navy celebrating 241 years - October 13, 1775

Navy Birthday

The United States Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is the largest, most capable navy in the world, with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The U.S. Navy has the world's largest aircraft carrier fleet, with ten in service, two in the reserve fleet, and three new carriers under construction. The service has 328,194 personnel on active duty and 101,199 in the Navy Reserve. It has 272 deployable combat vessels and more than 3,700 aircraft in active service as of February 2016.

The US Navy recognizes 13 October 1775 as the date of its official establishment — the date of the resolution of the Continental Congress that purchased two vessels to be armed against British ships.

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2016 Southeastern Michigan Veterans Stand Down - October 5 and 6

2016 Stand Down

2016 Southeastern Michigan Veterans Stand Down is October 5 and 6 from 9am to 5pm (both days).

This year's location is:
The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries Banquet Hall
3606 E. Forest Ave.
Detroit, Michigan 48207

If you are interested in volunteering, visit or call Norm Wilcox at (248) 808-0929 or Linda Jones at (313) 576-3870.

The original Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being.

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Manufacturing Day is October 7

Manufacturing Day 2016

October 7 is the fifth annual Manufacturing Day when thousands of manufacturers from all over Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and community leaders at open houses, plant tours, and educational sessions to showcase modern manufacturing technology and the cool jobs available. It is a chance for students and community to see the diverse career options that are innovative, impactful and plentiful.

There are about 190 Manufacturing Day events planned in Michigan. Check out the listed events.

The Michigan Talent Investment Agency is preparing workers for good jobs in skilled trades through their many programs and opportunities.

Learn more about Manufacturing Day at

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Hire MI Vet hosting hiring event on November 3 with three 'Prep Days'

Hire MI Vets Hiring Fair

Hire MI Vet is hosting a hiring event on Thursday, November 3 at 9am for veterans, spouses, and their families. The event will be held at Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building at 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, Michigan. Veteran friendly employers who are ready to hire will be here!

Prior to this big day, Hire MI Vet is hosting three 'Prep Days' in Ypsilanti, Jackson, and Howell. These prep days provide an opportunity to polish up your resume, work on interview skills and put you in a position to present your best self. You are not required to attend the hiring event to take advantage of the 'Prep Days'.

"Hire MI Vet helps veterans gain meaningful employment. From our past experiences, we found the job seekers that received support such as resume building, interviewing skills, and other services are more ready to work and are more likely to obtain the employment opportunities that they seek," said Mark Baker, Veteran Resource Representative at Eastern Michigan University. "The employers like to attend our events because they know our job seekers are ready to work. As a community initiative, we plan and host Hiring Events and other events to jump start the careers of veterans just entering the work force and enhance the career opportunities for veterans and their families."

Get ready for this hiring event or just get ready by attending one of the following Prep Days. These are free for vets & family members.

Prep Day 1

Prep Day opportunity #1 is scheduled for Friday, October 21 at the Michigan Works! - 301 Harriet St. in Ypsilanti. Free haircuts are provided too.

Click on the picture for full details.

Prep Day 2

Prep Day opportunity #2 is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25 at the Michigan Works! Southeast on 209 E. Washington Ave., Suite 100 in Jackson.

Click on the picture for full details.

Prep Day 3

Prep Day opportunity #3 is scheduled for Friday, October 28 at the Michigan Works! Southeast Livingston Center, Mott Community College - 1240 Packard in Howell.

Click on the picture for full details.

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Veterans thinking about starting your own business?

Boots to Business

Boots to Business Reboot, is an entrepreneurship training program for veterans and their spouses.

This two-part training program provides participants with an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to public and private sector resources.

Part one is a one-day session titled, Introduction to Entrepreneurship that is eligible to veterans of all service areas. This course will be facilitated by the SBA and its partners who are skilled business advisors.

Part two is an eight-week online Foundations Entrepreneur course instructed by a consortium of professors and practitioners led by the Institute for Veterans and Military families at Syracuse University.

Part one takes place Thursday, October 27 from 8am to 4pm at Grand Valley State University, L William Seidman Center – Forum B, 50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

For more information, please contact VetBizCentral at 810-767-8387.

To register visit

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Detroit Pistons Hoops for Troops Career Fair - November 4

Hoops for Troops

Hoops for Troops is Friday, November 4 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

At the Hoops for Troops career fair, companies are given the opportunity to hire our heroes. Companies will be available to discuss potential job opportunities and collect resumes for employment consideration.

All veterans that participate will receive a ticket to the November 5 Veterans Day game against the Denver Nuggets.

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West Michigan veterans, join the Veterans Networking Job Club!

Veteran Networking Job Club

Hey, all you veterans in the Grand Rapids area! Are you looking for a new career? Join the Veteran Networking Job Club that meets every first and third Thursday of each month at 10am at West Michigan Works in Kent County. October 6 is the next meeting. This is a great group of community resources working to connect veterans to resources and improve employment networking.

Important note - the contact information on the flyer has changed. If you have questions, stop in or send an email to Leonard at

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Hacksaw Ridge – in theaters November 4

Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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FREE Veterans Thanksgiving Brunch - November 17

Veterans Thanksgiving Brunch

All veterans are invited to a FREE Thanksgiving brunch on Thursday, November 17 from 11am to 2pm at the DoubleTree Detroit. DoubleTree by Hilton thanks you for your service!

Please call and RSVP by November 11 to Mimi at 313-982-3983 or email Mimi.

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Before you interview for your next job, you must know this!

Soft Skills

Soft Skills - what they are and how they can dramatically transform you, leaving a lasting impression at your next job interview. If you want a leg up on the competition, this is free and easy!

These 14 eLearning modules on Lifelong Soft Skills are to provide a universally accessible soft skills training resource for the Michigan workforce for basic and foundational skills for the workplace, to help ensure the workforce is ready to succeed in the 21st century. The goal of this Lifelong Soft Skills eLearning series is to raise awareness among students and employees about key skills needed for workplace success. It encourages and suggests attributes that employers are looking for, and is not intended to address employer practices or labor-management relations.

To learn more about Soft Skills and prepare to impress at your next interview, visit

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Job opportunities for veterans in Lansing with Witron Integrated Logistics


Attention veterans! Great job opportunities in Lansing with Witron Integrated Logistics. They are hiring Electromechanical Maintenance Techs. Check out these videos to see their system in action.

Interested applicants can complete an online application at or contact Pete Evans (AMC(AW) USN Retired) ( or Nick Enerson ( for more information.

They seek motivated veterans, self-starting individuals willing to prove they have what it takes to succeed as an electro-mechanical technician. This is an excellent opportunity for motivated individuals who can handle responsibility. You will be working to support the operation and maintenance of an automated material handling system. This position will provide an opportunity for the right candidates to use and learn many different technologies in a creative environment.

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Connect with Michigan Veterans' Employment Services and other vets on Facebook!

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