Community Resources: Employment

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Agencies

Adecco USA
  • General and Industrial Staffing (616) 247-4754
  • Accounting and Finance (616) 432-6220

Providing both permanent and temporary employment opportunities and career training worldwide.

Express Employment Professionals
  • (616) 281-0611

Connecting people with meaningful employment opportunities and training. Nationwide locations.

Goodwill Training and Career Services, opens a new window
  • (616) 532-4200

Helps people obtain work and establish independence. Provides support and guidance at no cost to individuals. A range of services are available to help people grow personally and professionally.

Manpower, opens a new window
  • (866) 271-5145

Several local area branches: Kent County, Grand Rapids, Lowell. Visit a location in person or apply online.

Pure Michigan Talent Connect, opens a new window
  • (888) 522-0103

A searchable tool connecting Michigan’s job seekers and employers; serves as a central hub linking all public and private stakeholders who support Michigan’s workforce.

Now hosting the COVID-19 Healthcare Job Portal, a specific tool for finding immediate openings in health care fields.

Urban League of West Michigan, opens a new window
  • (616) 245-2207

Specializes in employment assessments, counseling, and placement for job seekers.

West Michigan Works!, opens a new window
  • NW (616) 336-4460
  • E (616) 336-4040
  • Rockford (616) 228-6724

Serving Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties. Offers a variety of resources, including courses on computer literacy, resume workshops, assistance finding apprenticeships, and other resources to assist with finding a new job or starting a new career.

Williamson Employment Services Inc.
  • Kentwood: 616-575-5627
  • Plainfield: 616-575-5630

Temporary, temporary-to-hire, or direct hire, manufacturing to management, IT to skilled industrial.

KDL resources

AtoZ Databases

The AtoZU Training Center now offers webinars on resume writing, job seeking, and interviewing tips. The job search feature will help filter your results to local and field specific information.

Career Skills Training by Penn Foster

This free suite of online courses provides opportunities to learn, review, and practice foundational work-related skills that employers look for when hiring, including literacy, math, soft skills and digital literacy.

LearningExpress Library

A completely interactive online learning platform providing instant access to a comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources. Includes over 1,000 online practice tests and interactive skill-building tutorials to prepare for the GED, ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT tests, as well as AP exams and professional certification and licensing tests in a range of occupations.

Lynda.com

Unlimited access to Lynda.com's vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts. More than 3,000 courses are available to help anyone learn business, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

Mango Languages

Mango is an online language learning system that teaches practical conversation skills for real communication. It's a fast, easy, and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language.

Specialty Resources

Bethany Christian Services Refugee Employment Program, opens a new window
  • (800) 238-4269

Assist all adult refugees who have arrived in the United States within five years of arrival to prepare for, obtain, maintain, and retain employment.

Hope Network: Workforce Development
  • (616) 248-5160

Hope Network services are geared to specific populations. Job seekers should call or email to provide their information so they can be put in touch with the program that will be the best fit.

Jubilee Jobs
  • (616) 774-9944

Services including employment readiness, GED preparation and testing, computer and financial literacy, social & legal justice, and programming for opportunity youth.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services
  • 616-242-6450

Services include assistance with durable medical equipment, employment readiness, job development, job coaching and vocational assessments for people that need assistance keeping or finding employment due to medical condition, depression, learning difficulties, anxiety or other health conditions.

Real Life Living Services Supported Employment Services, opens a new window
  • (231) 887-4080

Includes job development, initial and ongoing support services, and activities to assist adults with disabilities to obtain and maintain paid employment that would otherwise be unachievable without such support.

Women's Resource Center, opens a new window
  • (616) 458-5443

A women's resource organization located in Grand Rapids dedicated to improve women's workplace and economic opportunities.

Additional Tips

Another option for job searching: look at various corporation websites for job opportunities. For example, if you are interested in a career in retail look at Target, Wal-Mart, and other store websites.

National employment databases

Beware of jobs posted on Craigslist and other anonymous online job boards. Red flags that an online job posting is a scam:

  • The job posting is very vague and lacks specific information regarding the employer or job title
  • Poor grammar
  • The pay is higher than typical for that industry/position (if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!)
  • Costs money to apply or asks for other fees (asking for you to pay for a credit card report, background check, etc.).
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