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Michigan Works! Offers Tips for Local Teens Searching for Summer Jobs

With high school students across Michigan finishing their semesters and preparing for summer vacation, Michigan Works! Association today offered those hoping to land a summer job a few simple tips that can help them meet the needs of local job makers while finding the job that suits them best.

“Michigan Works! Agencies across the state are on the ground, working each and every day to meet the workforce demands of local job makers,” said Luann Dunsford, Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Works! Association. “By focusing on a demand-driven employment strategy that connects job makers with the skilled workers they need, we are able to help teens looking for a summer job with valuable tips, training and information today, while also helping prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.”

Advice to help teens looking for summer jobs to rise above the competition and meet the demands of Michigan job makers include:

  • Spread the word about your job search. Use social media and spread the word face to face in your neighborhood, church or at other regular gatherings. Let people know that you are eager to work. Employers are looking for go-getters.
  • Develop new skills. Learn the types of skills that Michigan employers are demanding. Michigan Works! offers job, career, and skill self-assessment tools to help you meet the demands of Michigan job makers.
  • Be proactive. Know where to look for opportunities. Michigan Works! staff have long standing relationships helping meet the demands of local employers, and can help.
  • Hold yourself accountable. Set goals for yourself, whether they are weekly or daily; such as “I will fill out X applications this week” or “I will speak face-to-face with X employers tomorrow.”
  • Start writing your résumé. Start building that résumé! Michigan Works! holds various workshops, to help job seekers create or update their résumés. Résumé writing software and support materials are also available.

Equal opportunity employer/trainer. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Established in 1987, the Michigan Works! Association fosters high-quality employment and training programs serving employers and workers by providing support activities and a forum for information exchange for Michigan's workforce development system.

The Michigan Works! System has over 100 Service Centers in cities across Michigan, including five in northwest lower Michigan. Each offers a broad spectrum of services to meet the needs of local businesses and assist those seeking employment.

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