Michigan Works changes policy for career fairs

Michigan Works Northeast Consortium has changed its career fairs this year, and participants must take a class beforehand if they want to attend.

Bernadette Schuelke, certified business services professional, said employers from past job fairs said they’d rather see quality over quantity when it comes to applicants at Northeast Michigan career fairs. People were showing up in improper dress, while others were unprepared for a job interview. Some had out-of-date or improper resumes, or none at all.

“It’s better to have two qualified (applicants) than 20 unqualified, or 200 unqualified,” she said. “As an employer myself, I would have to agree with that.”

This year, those who want to attend any of four career fairs covering a total of eight counties, Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle included, have to attend a class first, Schuelke said. It’s the only way to get in – Michigan Works isn’t announcing the location of the fairs.

In Alpena, one class is today from 1-4 p.m., and applicants can call to register up until it starts, Schuelke said. The next is Friday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Others are March 20 from 1-4 p.m., March 27 from 5-8 p.m. and March 28 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.. The classes are at 315 W. Chisholm Ave.

One class will be held in Lincoln from 1-4 p.m. on March 19 at 202 Second Street.

Those looking to attend must register by calling Michigan Works at 356-3339, Schuelke said.

The classes will teach job seekers how to dress for an interview, how to write an up-to-date, professional resume and how to fill out a job application, Schuelke said. Participants also will answer questions in a mock interview to help them hone their skills. Those who complete the class get a ticket for the career fairs, one of which is April 10 in Alpena.

“Entry is ticket only, without a ticket, there’s no entry,” she said.

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