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Northeast Michigan Consortium Michigan Works!


Meet TIm

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Workforce Challenge

After being unemployed for nearly three years, Tim once again turned to Michigan Works for help with his job search. Tim wanted to work and earn a paycheck, and he was determined to keep trying to find a job. Multiple times per week he worked one-on-one with Grayling talent specialist Crystal. Tim was worried that he didn’t have the skills employers were looking for. He was also concerned because he had no transportation and no home computer, which made it difficult to search for jobs.

Workforce Solution

Crystal helped Tim set up a Pure Michigan Talent Connect account and rebuild his resume. She also helped him search for jobs and perform on-line job applications. Over the next several weeks, Crystal learned of Tim’s love for the outdoors and animals, particularly horses. Once Crystal knew he loved nature and being outdoors, she began helping him search for jobs in those areas.

In January 2017 with Crystal’s suggestion, Tim applied for six different jobs at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. He received a call offering him an interview for a groundskeeper and stall maintenance person, which he was ultimately hired for! His new position will be at the Grand Hotel and will include room and board, plus salary. This is a perfect fit for him.

Outcomes & Benefits

Prior to relocating to Grayling and working with Crystal, Tim had spent nearly three years out of work and had visited two other MW offices hoping to find employment. Tim credits Crystal for being so supportive and caring, and for the resources and services that Michigan Works was able to provide him. If Crystal hadn’t taken the time to learn Tim’s backstory and he opened up about what kind of work would make him happy and fulfilled, it’s possible that Tim wouldn’t have landed his “perfect job."


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