Michigan Works! serves Michigan residents looking for employment by offering services that help applicants evaluate their strengths, create or update their resumes, train for particular vocations and hone job interview skills. When possible, the center matches applicants with specific job openings.
Billing itself as a one-stop service center for job seekers, Michigan Works! provides job training for the unemployed through the No Worker Left Behind program and for welfare recipients through the Jobs, Education and Training program, which requires welfare recipients to seek jobs.
Through its many events, Michigan Works! provides key information for job seekers. These events, some of which are live seminars and others webinars, focus on everything from customer service training to understanding the employment needs of various regional industries. The organization works with a variety of job seekers, including newly unemployed individuals, immigrants, recently divorced, long-time homemakers who have been out of the workforce for years or decades, and senior citizens who realize they are not able to afford living on their retirement savings alone.
There are roughly 100 Michigan Works! centers throughout the state. All of these centers partner with a variety of private and public businesses and other organizations to match job seekers with prospective employers while strengthening the state economy. Many employers throughout Michigan use the service to screen job candidates.