VETERANS

Networking

Job Club

Connecting veterans and employers

JOIN US!

The Veterans Networking Job Club (VNJC) meets the third Thursday of every month from 10 - 11 am. 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 jwalker@westmiworks.org.

FEATURED EMPLOYERS

Whatever your industry or business, PADNOS makes it easy to get more value for your ferrous and nonferrous metals, plastics, paper and electronic scrap with our Michigan-based, industry-leading scrap management services.

Current Job Openings:

Material Sorter

Yard Associate/Small Equipment Operator

Large Equipment Operator

We provide a staffing experience that is different, and one with in-depth knowledge, stability and a truly personal experience – something difficult to find.

Current Job Openings:

Assembly

CNC Machinist - 2nd Shift

Mixing/Heavy General Labor

We connect great people to great opportunities. Are you ready to take the next step? Discover a career in banking at Fifth Third Bank.

Current Job Openings:

Mortgage Processor

Closer I

Personal Banker

There’s a reason Lacks has so many fully validated exterior, interior and appliance-grade finish choices: we are driven by innovation and the desire to accentuate our customers’ design intent.

Current Job Openings:

Maintenance Mechanic

Production Assistant

General Labor - All Shifts

Amphenol Borisch Technologies is a vertically integrated Electronics design and manufacturing firm that specializes in superior service.  Our experience and expertise in electronics design, Design-for-manufacturer, assembly and test leads the industry.

Current Job Openings:

Shipping & Receiving Clerk

Machine Shop Utility

The 208-bed hospital anchors Metro Health Village in Wyoming, Michigan, serving more than 250,000 patients annually. More than 61,000 emergency patients are treated each year at the hospital, a Verified Level II Trauma Center. Primary and specialty care services are provided at 30 locations throughout West Michigan.

Current Job Openings:

Health Screener

Patient Care Technician

We strive to do the right thing for our clients, our employees, and the community. Learn about our mission, company information, community involvement, and much more.

Current Job Openings:

Tax Professional

Speedway is committed to giving back to our employees with best in class benefits plans protecting you and your family. Speedway is committed to your future too!

Current Job Openings:

Assistant Manger

Customer Service / Cashier

Customer Service/Food Service

The crucial role we play in the global supply chain and delivering critical relief makes FedEx an essential business and allows us to continue to operate under state of emergency and shelter in place orders recently issued in the U.S

Current Job Openings:

PT Freight Handler

Dean is continuously looking for talented, dependable people to add to our team. We hope that you find a position that fits your skill-set. Best of luck!

Current Job Openings:

School Bus Driver

School Bus Attendant

Training Specialist

Diesel Mechanic

See how our passion for people coupled with the power of today's intelligent machines sets us apart and learn how our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion allows our people to reach their full potential and feel valued and respected.

Current Job Openings:

Machine Operator

Kendrick Plastics, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a leading Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier of thermoplastic decorative interior trim components and assemblies to the automotive industry.

Current Job Openings:

Paint Tech - 2nd Shift

Master Finish Company employs fully automated plating lines. We are your high quality and reliable choice for the metal plating services you need. Included in those metal plating services are plating with decorative chromecoppernickel, and nickel-chrome

Current Job Openings:

Coming Soon

The roofing contractors at NaturaShield aren't just focused on providing exceptional roofing services to business owners in Grand Rapids, MI and the surrounding areas.

Current Job Openings:

Commercial Roofers/General Labor

Helix Steel first introduced Twisted Steel Micro Rebar™ concrete reinforcement to the market in 2003. Since then, we have moved from an idea in a laboratory to becoming the leading proactive concrete reinforcement technology in the world.

Current Job Openings:

Machine Operator

 
 

VETERAN

RESOURCES

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.

Rashawn Robinson

rrobinson@westmiworks.org

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)

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: organs1@michigan.gov

Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Veteran 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: Kimberley.hewitt@va.gov

Hello West Michigan

www.hellowestmichigan.com

 

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: 

grayr@hellowestmichigan.com

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 tsisson@voami.org

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

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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:

debraunseld01@gmail.com

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. 

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PARTNERS

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