West Michigan Works! hosting remote job fair

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The event will feature over 150 job openings from more than 30 participating employers in various industries, including manufacturing, health care, food production and retail. Courtesy West Michigan Works!

The region’s workforce development agency is hosting a two-day hiring event by phone next week to fill positions on behalf of over 30 employers.

Job seekers can connect with employers at the West Michigan Works! remote job fair July 29-30, the agency said Monday.

The event will feature over 150 job openings from more than 30 participating employers in various industries, including health care, manufacturing, food production and retail.

Job seekers can register for 15-minute phone calls to learn more about the job opportunities.

West Michigan Works! said individuals who are receiving enhanced unemployment benefits should start their job search now, as benefits are expected to end soon.

“Waiting until unemployment benefits run out means applying for jobs at the same time as thousands of others. Applying now is less competitive and can potentially prevent loss of income,” said Amy Lebednick, business solutions director at West Michigan Works!.

“Our (phone) format removes the waiting game experienced in typical hiring channels where job seekers apply electronically and anxiously await a response. Our … job fair is a great way to immediately connect with local employers.”

Lacks Enterprises, a Grand Rapids-based manufacturer of automotive finish parts and technologies, is one of the employers participating in the job fair.

“We are participating in the event because not only is it a great way to support our local community, it’s a great way to find people who are serious about finding work,” said Jennifer Rose, employment specialist at Lacks Enterprises.

Rose recommends job seekers come prepared.

“Do a little research on a company. Think about answers to commonly asked questions. If you’re nervous, practice a bit,” Rose said.

She also suggested finding a quiet place for the conversation and limiting distractions and background noise during the call.

Interested job seekers can access preparation resources, view a list of participating employers and register for phone calls on the West Michigan Works! website.

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