4 Types of References

When you apply for jobs, you will be asked for references.  A reference is someone who can answer questions about your work history, skills, abilities and work style.  Choose your references with care.  What they say can make a big difference. There are four types of references: Employment References include past employers, co-workers, subordinates or […]

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Re-Entering the Workforce

The decision to re-enter the workforce is a big one.  Whether you took time off to raise a family, care for an elderly family member, battle an illness, or other personal reasons, it’s equally exciting and intimidating to head back to work. It’s only natural to start looking for jobs like the one you had […]

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Be Ready For These Interviewer Techniques

Interviewers may use different techniques in order to gain the information that they want to know about you. The question and answer method is the typical interview format. The questions the interviewer asks may be straightforward or they may be tricky. In any event, the interviewer directs the interview, but you can answer these questions […]

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Interview Tips for Ex-Offenders

Interviews are high-pressure situations for many job seekers, and even more so if you have to answer tough questions about your past criminal record.  Here are tips to help increase your chances of getting hired if you are an ex-offender. Never lie to an interviewer or put false information on your resume or application.  This […]

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Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Your Job Search

Welcome to Work Watch.  Here are several interesting facts that you should be aware of in your job search: 1.  Employers spend on average six seconds looking at your resume before they make the initial “fit or not fit” decision on applicants, and only 20% of applicants get an interview, which means making your resume stand out […]

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Identifying Skills

If you are in the process of looking for a job it is important to remember that employers want to know what you can do.  They need to know why they should hire you.  Therefore, during a job search you must be able to identify and talk about your skills to a prospective employer. Everyone […]

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Identifying Income Needs

If you are in the process of looking for a job, it is essential that you know your financial needs.  It is important that you realize: The income you need may be different from the income you want The income you need is often different from the wage or salary offered by the employer The income […]

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H&H Tools Benefits From Skilled Trades Training Fund Grant

H&H Tool is a Tier II Automotive Supplier of precision machined fluid connector parts and supplies a majority of vehicles in North America. They were experiencing a skill shortage and had to reduce the requirements of machine operators which lead to a decrease in the quality of parts being produced. They were concerned about staying […]

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GST Michigan Works! Helps Mother Land Her Dream Career

Jennifer Sroka is a mother who was working part-time at Thumb Area Correctional Food Services making $10/hr. She had worked as a CNA in the past as well as running a daycare while her child was younger because her husband works full-time. She decided a career change was in order and wanted to go back […]

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GST Michigan Works! Helps Nursing Student With Training Grant

Cassie Miller contacted GST Michigan Works! for a training grant that would assist her with completing her BSN at SVSU. She was under employed and receiving state/federal aid (Pell Grant) which was about to expire.  GST Michigan Works! was able to provide Cassie with a grant to continue her education.  Cassie was working part-time as […]

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