Finding a job is hard, and scary. Finding a career is even more difficult. We’re here to make it easier for you. We are a network of resources with more than two dozen agencies running programs and services to help you find a job in greater Lansing. We partner with job seekers to enhance education and career opportunities. And we try to make it simple for you.
So, where do you start?
Step One: Get Ready
Before you can jump right into job searching, you need to know where you stand.
- Figure out your skills and what makes you a better candidate than others.
- Visit a Capital Area Michigan Works! service center and use the O*NET Career Exploration Tools to take a computerized interest profile. It will help tell you which careers may be right for you.
- Explore the Occupational Outlook Handbook online to learn more about occupations of interest and what skills and education you need to compete.
- Meet with a Capital Area Michigan Works! career counselor to make an educational and employment plan.
Step Two: Put Your Best Face Forward
First impressions are critical in finding a job. Make sure yours is top-notch.
- Post your resume on the Pure Michigan Talent Connect. If necessary, file for unemployment.
- Read up on interview techniques and practice, practice, practice your skills!
- Learn all of the resources available to you through Capital Area Michigan Works! at one of our System Orientations. Check the calendar for dates and times.
- Attend as many workshops and classes as you can. We offer help with everything from basic computer skills and resume writing to interviews and social media. You can register online or at a service center.
Step Three: Know Where to Look
You know the phrase, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” right? Well, it’s also about knowing where to look to find a job. There are jobs in Michigan, here’s how to find them.
- Start with the Pure Michigan Talent Connect, the nation’s largest public jobs database. You can post your resume and search for jobs.
- Check the classifieds in the Lansing State Journal and tune in to the local media, such as Capital Gains, to monitor who’s hiring.
- Don’t forget the importance of networking, in person and online.We also host a professional networking group at our Lansing Service Center on Tuesdays from 8:30-10 a.m.
- Learn to use social media as a tool in your job search. We tweet greater Lansing job leads on Twitter and our Facebook fans receive daily job leads in their news feed.
Step Four: Be Realistic
Being successful means a commitment to life-long education
and being realistic about your ability to compete for today’s jobs.
- Are you getting interviews? Are you getting job offers? Or are you hearing nothing? If you’re not being contacted, you may need to improve your resume and interviewing skills through workshops or an appointment with a career counselor.
- Do you notice most of the jobs you’re applying for, or would like to apply for, require more education that you currently have? Or do you need a little tweak or enhancement of your skills? Periodically, we are able to provide tuition scholarships to help you go back to school in an in-demand, high-wage field. A case manager can help you determine if this is the right choice for you. Capital Area Michigan Works! also has Lansing Community College advisers on-site to speak with job seekers about classes and degree programs.