VETERANS

Networking

Job Club

Connecting veterans and employers

JOIN US!

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 jwalker@westmiworks.org.

FEATURED EMPLOYERS

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is a 167-bed acute care inpatient rehabilitation hospital for children and adults who have experienced a brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, amputation, or other injury or illness requiring physical rehabilitation

Current Openings:

Unit Aid/Stock Supplies

Patient Service/Registration Rep

Graphic Designer

EVS Tech/Housekeeping - Days/Nights

Security Officer

CENA/Nurse Tech - Days/Nights

Motor Carrier Officers enforce traffic safety laws on commercial vehicles, protect the infrastructure through size and weight enforcement, conduct commercial vehicle and driver inspections, and contribute to homeland security efforts by enforcing hazardous material regulations.

Current Openings:

State Police Motor Carrier Officer

The company was founded in Petoskey, Michigan and moved to Grand Rapids in 1925. We are devoted to the people, partners, and the products that have allowed Blackmer go above and beyond with our passionate commitment to innovative technologies that positively impact the world.

Current Openings:

Plant Services

Machine Repair

2nd/3rd CNC Machinist

Steeltech has been a world-class provider of superior heat and corrosion-resistant products for international and domestic markets since 1929. We achieve maximum customer satisfaction by taking the extra step to develop revolutionary products to help you improve your bottom line.

Current Openings:

Mold Tech

Tube Assembly Welder

We combine 154 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Together, we can create new opportunities for you to grow, develop and make an impact on the future of our business.

Current Openings:

Food Handler

What makes Challenge unique? Challenge is an employee-owned company. The Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) allows our team members to share in the value earned by the company. The ESOP also enables the Company to maintain a collaborative and teamwork-oriented work culture. In 2017, Challenge was ranked as the 40th largest ESOP Company in the US. By working together, we can help build a stronger financial future for everyone.

Current Openings:

Weld Production Operator

Tool & Die Maker

Automation Technician

Weld Technician

 

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

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

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: 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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