Connecting veterans and employers
The Veterans Networking Job Club (VNJC) meets the third Thursday of every month (except December) from 10 - 11:30 a.m. VNJC provides an opportunity for veterans seeking employment and employers committed to hiring our nation’s heroes to come together.
For veterans, this is a great opportunity to meet with fellow veterans, employers, educators and Veteran Service Reps; learn new skills and discuss career opportunities.
For employers, it’s a good way to recruit motivated veterans who have the skills, discipline and focus that you’re looking for.
For more information please contact John Walker, West Michigan Works! Business Solutions Representative, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amphenol Borisch Technologies is a full-service manufacturer able to supply connectors and assembly solutions.
For over 25 years, Progressive Building Services has been a successful corporation that is able to provide full service for most building maintenance needs.
SCHERDEL SALES & TECHNOLOGY, is part of the SCHERDEL Group. With about 6,000 employees at 32 locations world wide, the SCHERDEL Group is a family-owned, leading company in the field of metal-forming with core competence in the production of engineering springs as well as of vehicle components and components for the medical market.
Superior Stone Products has been the world’s premier stone adhesive manufacturer since 1997. Our adhesives are the benchmark by which all other adhesives are measured.
Perrigo started from humble beginnings more than 130 years ago in rural Michigan. Today, it is one of the largest over-the-counter (OTC) self-care companies selling products globally.
Today, West Michigan Molding, Inc. is a IATF 16949:2016 Certified modern custom injection molder and finisher of quality plastic parts for various industries which include automotive, consumer goods, construction, health care, and electronics.
West Michigan Works! and Veterans Employment Services (VES)
At West Michigan Works! Veterans and their spouses may qualify for priority of service and other individualized employment services. “Priority of service” means they can access services before or in place of non-Veterans. West Michigan Works! also hosts Veterans career advisors and/or Veterans representatives at their service centers. They work directly with Veterans to help identify military skills, create and update resumes to reflect skills that transfer to civilian job opportunities, and connect them to Veteran-specific community resources.
VES provides a host of intensive services and resource information focusing on the needs of eligible Veterans and spouses who are unable to obtain employment through the core services provided by Michigan Works! Service Centers. This includes individualized, one-on-one career services that are designed to reduce or eliminate barriers into the workforce.
For additional information on training and employment services available to veterans, please contact Rashawn Robinson.
Michigan Rehabilitation Services
Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) works with Veterans that need assistance keeping or finding employment that have a medical condition, depression, anxiety or other health conditions. They help develop customized workforce solutions for individuals and assist with reasonable accommodations if needed. Services include employment readiness, job development, job coaching, medical durable equipment and vocational assessments based on their concerns with working, and support services to help them be successful in their career goals. Many services are free and help create a healthy work/life balance.
Contact Sharlene Organ, Business Relations Consultant:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Vocational Rehab assists veterans who have an interest in being employed and/or barriers to employment. They help veterans with connecting to employers and apprenticeships for employment, accommodations, connecting to educational and entrepreneurial resources, vocational assistance, general vocational assessment and vocational counseling. Veterans must have VA medical services or the ability to acquire VA medical services.
Contact Kimberly Hewitt MS CRC LPC , Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor:
Hello West Michigan
Career resources for vets and their significant others relocating to the area, recently relocated, or local and unemployed. Upload a resume, talk to a Candidate Concierge, search area companies and jobs. Plus info on West Michigan communities .
Contact Rachel Gray:
Volunteers of America Michigan
Volunteers of America Michigan has employment services for Veterans who qualify for our HVRP program. Our HVRP program assists Veterans in preparing for employment with services like resume building, interview training, computer training, employer connections and many other supportive services to help a Veteran prepared for employment. Our HVRP program also has financial assistance that can assist with employment related expenses including transportation assistance, interview clothing, work clothing, work tools and a variety of other employment related expenses.
Contact Tyler Sisson:
616.259.5416 or email@example.com
West Michigan Veteran's Coalition
The West Michigan Veterans Coalition is a collaboration between local military friendly organizations that provide support, information, and resources to those that have served or are serving in the Armed Forces and their Families, employers, and other organizations throughout West Michigan
Our mission is to improve the lives of anyone who has served or is serving in the Armed Forces and their Families by connecting them to resources including education, employment, healthcare, and quality of life services.
Contact Debra Unseld:
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a DoD-sponsored volunteer organization that seeks to create a culture in which military service is valued by every civilian employer in the US.
Employment Support of the Guard and Reserve:
Recognizes the outstanding support already provided by many civilian employers to their National Guard and Reserve employees.
Educates both employer and Guard/Reserve employee about their respective rights and responsibilities under the federal law governing employment of Guard/Reserve members in the civilian workplace.
Through informal mediation, helps to resolve conflict - when it arises - between employer and Guard/Reserve employee.
Serves as the primary advocate for civilian employers within DoD. ESGR is the only federal agency tasked with these missions.