Serving Bay, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, & Saginaw Counties

Launching “Let’s Get Back Work” Initiative

Launching “Let’s Get Back Work” Initiative

With “WORKS!” in our name, it has been hard to see temporary business closures, to watch our Great Lakes Bay Region quiet down.

But many of you haven’t been standing still. You’ve retooled and contributed in important new ways, making personal protective equipment, modifying your service delivery for contactless interaction with customers, and doing the front-line essential work of fighting this infection while caring for strangers, friends and neighbors.

For others, it’s been a frustrating waiting game. And we understand. We, too, have had to modify our service delivery and find innovative new ways to connect with our customers.

So no matter how your business has been classified during the pandemic (essential or non-essential), we want you to know you ARE essential to Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! When the time is right for your business to open back up, we stand ready to help you efficiently re-establish a quality workforce.

You might be bringing back your entire team. If you’re seasonal or expecting some of your employees to choose to stay home, we can help you fill in the gaps. You might even be starting from scratch, looking to hire from the entirely new and much larger pool of people created by the COVID-19 shut down.

Our mantra these days is “Let’s Get Back to Work, Great Lakes Bay!” And here’s how we can help:

  • Assign you to a professionally certified Business Services Team representative with expertise in your industry
  • Work side-by-side with you to understand your business’ unique hiring needs and to develop a customized plan for moving forward with recruiting and hiring
  • Write the most effective job descriptions for the positions you need to fill
  • Post those jobs for you on Michigan’s Pure Talent Connect, other online sites, and on our widely followed Facebook page to recruit qualified candidates
  • Alert our internal Talent Experts of your open positions so they are aware when they consult with job seekers looking for work
  • Collect and sort resumes, presenting you with the ones that meet your qualifications
  • Offer up our facilities as application drop-off points and — as our service center re-opening allows – several safe, socially-distance-friendly locations for interviews. We call these single company job fairs and many of the region’s employers use us in this way
  • Offer a virtual space for job seekers to interview from our location, allowing you to stay safe in your working environment.
  • For “hard to recruit” positions, we can tap into our statewide network of Michigan Works! colleagues to reach beyond our region for possible recruits
  • Help you access cost effective solutions for recruiting and retaining talent through our Work Experience program
  • Provide employee assistance programs through our membership-based Business Resources Network to help remove barriers and improve employee productivity and retention
  • Link you with veterans’ specialists if you’re looking to hire veterans or other special populations
  • Provide you with labor market information and “safe back to work” resources
  • Connect you with other employers in your industry to collaborate on unique, industry-specific hiring challenges and potential on-demand training needs

To get started, email or call (989) 631-3073 x 271.

Let’s get back to work, Great Lakes Bay!

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