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Michigan Works! Northeast Michigan Job Fairs See Highest Attendance in Over 5 Years!

Despite continued low MI unemployment rates, 2018 job seeker attendance was up 24% over 2017.  

2018 Gaylord Job Fair

In March/April, Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium held four Job Fairs across northeast Michigan, in Mackinaw, Gaylord, Grayling, and Alpena. Despite Michigan unemployment levels still hovering around 4.7%, both job seekers in attendance and employers present were up from 2017 Job Fair numbers.

Nearly 800 job seekers attended the fairs hoping to speak to the over 200 employers present. The Alpena Fair was originally scheduled for April 17, but due to the late season snowstorm, had to be rescheduled until the next week. The schedule change didn’t seem to hurt attendance, as 270 job seekers showed up at the rescheduled event!

2018 Alpena Job FairEmployers at all four events commented on the great turnout, stating these events are a great opportunity for our communities. Some even mentioned that the candidates attending this year seemed more qualified and prepared for the fair, wearing interview-appropriate clothing and toting resumes in-hand. Many also noted how well organized and setup the event was.

Job seekers commented how great it was to have so many different employers in one location. Some were even surprised to learn about companies in the area that they never knew existed, let alone were hiring. A few lucky applicants even got hired on the spot.

A variety of industries were represented at the fairs, including healthcare, construction, skilled trades, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, food service, entertainment, service, finance, and more. Jobs ranged from seasonal to part-time to full-time, with a wide range of opportunities to choose from.

Michigan Works! Northeast Michigan Job Fairs happen annually every spring. The events are free to attend for both employers and job seekers.

2018 Grayling Job FairEmployers who are seeking to hire for multiple positions at other times during the year are encouraged to contact their local Michigan Works! office, since the offices can offer employer-specific in-house job fairs.

Job seekers are encouraged to visit Michigan Works! any time for free help with their job search, resume assistance, or interview preparation. Michigan Works! can also offer job seekers training/tuition assistance towards a new career, on-the-job training opportunities, work related support services, and more.

Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium has 7 offices in northeast Michigan. Learn more about their free services and their locations at NEMCWorks.org.

Created on Monday, April 30, 2018