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Whether you are looking for a job or looking for employees, the Pure Michigan Talent Connect is the place to be. If you are a job seeker, search more than 38,000 new job openings monthly and post your resume so more than 50,000 employers can find it. If you are an employer, sign up to search more than 600,000 resumes for the ideal candidate and post your jobs to let job seekers find you. Best of all, it’s free for all users. Try us today!

Pure Michigan Talent Connect for Job Seekers

The goal of the Pure Michigan Talent connect website is to provide a centralized location for Job seekers and employers to connect. Job seekers can search for a job without having an account on Pure Michigan Talent Connect, however some features such as saving a job search with email alert notifications or allowing employers to see your profile and view your resume’ require an active account.

Go to www.mitalent.org to access and create your Jobseeker account on Pure Michigan Talent Connect.

USING THE SEVEN Ps OF MARKETING IN YOUR JOB SEARCH STRATEGY

Portable equity includes a mix of experience, education, skills, networking, growth within an industry, and reputation. Portable equity is vital to understanding your value in the job market, and how to market that value to an employer. Understanding portable equity means answering the following questions:

  • Experience – Do your skills meet or exceed requirements?
  • Skills – Do your skills enhance the employer’s basic needs?
  • Education – Does your education demonstrate your trainability?
  • Network – Do you know people who can connect you with employment opportunity?
  • Industry – Is your industry growing?
  • Reputation – Will others speak highly of you?

After answering these questions you can think about communicating what you have to offer to potential employers by thinking of yourself as a product, and how your portable equity enhances of your product mix. Your product mix must be reevaluated for every new employment opportunity using the Seven Ps of Marketing, as follows:

  1. Product – your unique mix of experience, skills, education, network, industry, and reputation
  2. Place – the ability to be where the opportunities exist
  3. Price – your ability to negotiate a competitive salary
  4. Promotion – being able to speak, write and demonstrate the value of your skill set
  5. People – having and using your connections to get the job that you want
  6. Packaging – the way you and your application materials appear from the outside
  7. Positioning – gaining access people who have the power to hire you

If your experience does not exactly match the employer’s expectation, looking at other aspects of your portable equity might make it possible to compensate for shortcomings in experience. The pieces of your product mix that do not quite meet the employer’s expectations can be supplemented by those pieces that meet or exceed the employer’s expectation. For example, if you do not meet an education requirement, however you have more than enough experience and you have excellent references, and even better yet, you know people who work in that industry and can vouch for your skills and abilities, that may be the best way to market your skills for that particular position – by selling those attributes of your product mix that exceed the employer’s expectations.

Doing this level of self-analysis is not a simple task and it does take time, but it must be done as you update your skills to adjust to changes in the labor market. To be competitive, you must ask yourself the following questions:

  • What makes me unique among my peers?
  • What value do I offer employers?
  • Why would I be the candidate that is ultimately selected?
  • How can I help the employer to resolve a pressing business issue?

Having asked yourself these questions before responding to a job opportunity will enable you to express how and why you are the best person for the job, and decide if that organization is the best place for you.

For Job Search information the Career One Stop is a place to start. Learn about the Following:

  • Job Search
  • Plan Your Job Search
  • Form a Network
  • Find Jobs