Job Seeker Service Overview
GST Michigan Works! is the region’s largest and most effective employment resource for job seekers. Along with the Pure Michigan Talent Connect, the statewide Internet-based labor exchange system, we offer a wide variety of programs and services to help job seekers of all skill levels and backgrounds find a job.
iWorkzone is a web-based resource designed to help you identify your occupational interests and match you to specific job openings. iWorkzone can help you find the job that is right for you!
iWorkzone offers three main tools to job seekers: a Resume Design tool; a Job Search Engine; and a Behavioral Assessment tool.
The Resume Design tool creates a professional-looking, digital resume that is easily e-mailed to employers.
The Job Search Engine tool give you access to hundreds of area jobs.
The Behavioral Assessment tool can give you insights into potential careers to explore and lest employers match applicants to their job openings.
Jobseeker Virtual Careering Information
The purpose of the Career platform is to assist adult transition into selected careers. The platform offers virtual information, web sites and virtual links designed to assist participants move forward in their career path or their pursuit for employment.
A. Virtual Service Information
1. Career Opportunities
a. Talent Connect: Great resource for job seekers.
b. O*Net: The O*NET program is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.
The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is being developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Employment Security Commission.
c. Michigan Shifting Gears: a career-transition program for seasoned corporate professionals who want to pursue opportunities in business growth sectors where they can leverage their business knowledge and experience in new ways.
d. Online Job Boards:
i. Indeed.com- A search engine for jobs, allowing job seekers to find jobs posed on thousands of company career sites and job boards.
ii. SimplyHired.com– Looking for a job shouldn’t be a full-time job! We search thousands of job sites and companies, just so you don’t have to.
iii. USAJobs.gov – USAJOBS is the official jobsite for the US Federal Government. You can search USAJOBS to find thousands of available federal jobs, and use our search tools to narrow your results down to find your perfect job.
e. Michigan eLibrary
Access Michigan 24/7 library for valuable resources to help your career including tests and tutorials for the GED, ACT, Careers, etc.
g. Educational Attainment
Find out how much you can expect to earn with your degree. Examine work-life earnings by field of degree and occupation by pathway after attaining a bachelor’s degree at this US Census Website. This site estimates lifetime earnings that can be compared by major field of study.
h. Education Pays
Education pays in higher earnings and lower unemployment rates. This site is hosted by the USDOL, Bureau of Labor Statistics and graphically illustrates the value of a credential by comparing education with wages and unemployment.
Visit the US department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship for information regarding apprenticeships by clicking the link above. The Registered Apprenticeship system provides the opportunity for workers seeking high-skilled, high- paying jobs and for employers seeking to build a qualified workforce. In this regard, the Registered Apprenticeship system effectively meets the needs of both employers and workers. You can also view current employers, pre-apprenticeship programs, registered apprenticeship representatives, community partners and college partners by state and county at this site.
2. Career Planning
a. Discover Your Skills: No matter whether you’re entering the job market for the first time or changing careers after 20 years, and no matter whether you’re interested in a specific industry or just trying to learn about different options, there is good news: Right now, there are hundreds of thousands of jobs just waiting to be filled by people with the right skills. To be considered, you’ll need to learn these skills and earn the credentials employers are looking for. Which is exactly what Discover Your Skills is all about. From general questions about choosing a career to education and training options to inspirational videos and information about specific industries, this site can put you on the path to a well-paying, much-needed job. The kind of job we all depend on to maintain our way of life. Your future starts now.
b. Mapping Your Future: At Mapping Your Future you can explore careers, prepare for college (help with selecting a school and applying for admission), pay for college (financial aid), and manage your money (student loans and more).
c. Careers in Health: The Careers in Health website provides comprehensive information about careers in the healthcare field, the skills and education needed to pursue various careers, licensing requirements and employment information.
d. My Next Move: Explore what you want to do for a living.
e. America’s Career InfoNet: America’s Career InfoNet helps individuals explore career opportunities to make informed employment and education choices. The Web site features user-friendly occupation and industry information, salary data, career videos, education resources, self-assessment tools, career exploration assistance, and other resources that support talent development in today’s fast-paced global marketplace.
f. Worker Re-employment: Worker ReEmployment provides employment, training, and financial assistance for laid-off workers. Includes resources for getting immediate help with unemployment insurance, healthcare, and other financial needs; job searching and resume tips; changing careers and understanding transferable skills; and upgrading skills through education and training.
g. iWorkzone: iWorkzone is a web-based resource designed to identify job seekers’ occupational interests and match job seekers to specific jobs and openings.
h. Skills Profiler: Use Skills Profiler to create a list of your skills and match them to job types that use those skills.
i. Veteran ReEmployment provides career information and links to work-related services that help veterans and military service members successfully transition to civilian careers.
j. Job Openings: Explore occupation job openings by country, state, education level, fastest growing, most openings, etc. at the Career One-Stop.
l. Occupational Outlook Information
The Nation′s premier source for career information! The profiles featured here cover hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.
3. Virtual Job Seeker Tool Kit
a. Helping Hand – This site helps Michigan citizens facing economic hardship find the services they need. Simply click on one of the five tabs below for links to information about jobs and training, unemployment benefits, health care, family support and housing. Then click on the particular link that describes the help you’re seeking.
b. Employability Checkup: The employability checkup provides a snapshot of your ability to find employment with a specific occupation at a specific wage and location. In the following pages, select an occupation and industry, a state and locality, an education level, and a wage level.
c. My Skills My Future: mySkills myFuture helps laid-off workers and other career changers find new occupations to explore. Users can identify occupations that require skills and knowledge similar to their current or previous job, learn more about these suggested matches, locate local training programs, and/or apply for jobs.
d. America’s Career InfoNet: America’s Career InfoNet helps individuals explore career opportunities to make informed employment and education choices. The Web site features user-friendly occupation and industry information, salary data, career videos, education resources, self-assessment tools, career exploration assistance, and other resources that support talent development in today’s fast-paced global marketplace.
e. Free Online Course Access (examples)
- 2000 Free Online College Courses from MIT
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Tuffs University
- Standford University
f. Learning Express Library – Michigan ELibrary: Whatever your goal, LearningExpress Library’s resources will help you succeed. Each of our Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You’ll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that’s right for you.
g. Short-Term Training Finder: The U.S. Department of Education collects information about institutions and education organizations that receive federal funding in its Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
4. Career Resources
a. Fidelity Bonding: Sponsored by the Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth-Bureau of Workforce Transformation (DeLEG-BWT), the Fidelity Bonding Program was created to assist high-risk, but qualified, job seekers who have bona fide offers of employment.
b. Unemployment Insurance Agency: Agency manages unemployment taxes and insurance. Site provides information for both employers and jobseekers, including regulations, forms and statistics.
c. Worker ReEmployment: Worker ReEmployment is your one-stop site for employment, training and financial help after a layoff.
d. Healthcare Virtual Career Platform
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has built and operates a Healthcare Virtual Career Platform (HVCP). The purpose of this platform is to assist un- and under-employed persons transition into healthcare careers. The platform offers a structured step-by-step online process to assist users determine whether a career in healthcare is appropriate for them.
e. Education & Training Programs
Find information on education and training programs to satisfy your individual career and professional needs as well as where to find training.
f. Labor Market Information
This is your Michigan one-stop source for reliable information on recent employment trends, wages, detailed industries, and jobs in demand. It also is a great source of economic information on Michigan regions and counties.
g. Resumes’ & Applications: Is it time to write a resume, send a cover letter, or fill out a job application? Follow the tips below to learn how to highlight your skills and experiences and land the job you want.
h. Behavior Based Interviews
View training videos describing the behavior based method of interviewing designed for use by both state employees and those seeking employment with the State of Michigan. Note: Must use Internet Explorer as your browser to view the videos.