14330 Northland Drive
   Big Rapids, MI 49307
   Phone: 231-796-0049 or 800-398-7992
   Fax: 231-796-2894
   Center Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Our Workforce Service Center in Big Rapids will help you find work in any County within the State of Michigan in which you would like to work. All of our services are free. We have experienced, helpful staff here in our office and computers you can use for job-finding on the internet. If you're not sure how to use the internet for job-finding, don't worry: it's easy and we'll help you do it.

The Workforce Service Center is where everything is in one place: job seekers come here to find work, employers come here to find workers, and service agencies are here to help. These are the partner agencies that offer their services through the Mecosta County Workforce Service Center:

HOPE Network operates the adult and youth employment and training programs (Workforce Investment Act and Welfare to Work) for Michigan Works! West Central.

Services to job seekers at no charge include: testing for job compatibility; job seeking skills workshops; paying part of the cost of a starting wage for training on the job; classroom training and, when necessary, other supportive services. Hope Network has partnerships with other area agencies that can also provide support services.

Services to employers include: taking applications and pre-screening applicants; aptitude testing, if position requires; helping with the cost of training new, unskilled employees.

Hope Network is a non-profit corporation with affiliates throughout Michigan.

HOPE Network website: www.hopenetwork.org
Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency administers Pure Michigan Talent Connect, an Internet-based statewide system designed to link Employers and Job Seekers easily and free of charge in the West Central region. The Michigan Works! Employment Services (ES) Specialist will also assist and guide clients to create or perfect a "traditional" resume, cover letters, and instruct with job interview tips and preparation. The ES Specialist will also key in on "special" assistance that any agency (Veteran's Representative, Rehabilitation Services, etc.) may be able to lend the job seeker to enhance their ability to compete in the job market. These referrals are key in attracting new clients to obtain assistance and to allow a full range of networking opportunities between agencies.

NCRESA website: www.ncresa.org
Michigan Rehabilitation Services work in partnership with persons with disabilities to prepare for employment., To be eligible for services the person must have a disability that causes a barrier to employment. A disability may be physical, emotional, learning or substance abuse. Participants and counselors work together to explore career options and then develop a plan to reach the career goal. The plan may include further training; strategies to improve job seeking and job interview skills; address the need for accommodations on the job; and placement services. Program orientations are held at the Big Rapids Workforce Service Center. Call ahead to make an appointment.

MRS website: Click Here

Michigan Veterans Representative
"Your Best Bet, Hire a Vet." The Veterans Employment helps with job referral and placement; assists in resume writing and career planning. The Veterans Representative also helps with interview skills and offers Labor market Information as well as information on veterans benefits.

For more information visit: www.mitalent.org/veterans
Mid Michigan Community Action Agency, Inc.
Mid Michigan Community Action Agency, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501(c) 3 organization. For over thirty-five years its mission has been to reduce the causes and conditions of poverty within it's service area of Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Mecosta, Midland and Osceola counties of Michigan.

Mid Michigan CAA's website: www.mmcaa.org
Professional Staffing Solutions Professional Staffing Solutions prides itself on providing personal service to both client and employee. We are different than most staffing agencies in that we strive to create strategic relationships that allow us to function as an extension of our client's human resource department. Any agency can search through resumes and take a stab in the dark with an employment offer. But, we do things differently! We go beyond simply filling the job description. Professional Staffing Solutions places emphasis on finding the candidate with not only the job skills, but also the one that will fit within a client's work environment and culture. Our recruiters use testing strategies, industry knowledge and instinct based on years of experience to locate the right fit for the client. Our goal when placing an individual is to do everything we can to ensure we've created a win-win situation for both the employee and client. Finding the right fit for a company leads to reduced turnover and happier employees. Since our employees are our most valuable resource, we strive to attract and retain the best candidates by offering a variety of benefits including: holiday pay, health insurance, vision, dental and term life. Personalized, one-on-one service is given to all of our employees and clientele. We are available around the clock to make sure everyone working with Professional Staffing Solutions is 100% satisfied.

Professional Staffing Solutions website: www.prostaffsolutions.com
Trillium Staffing attracts the best candidates because of our commitment to excellence. This is because we value not only our clients but our employees as well. Therefore we offer our employees health insurance, 401-K programs, holiday pay, vacation time, and many other benefits. We understand that happy employees blossom into productive employees. Every year, since 2002, Trillium and its affiliates have been named Michigan's 101 Brightest and Best Places to Work. This is a testament to our ability to keep our employees happy and productive, while at the same time placing them in an appropriate work climate for their skills and personality. Our mission is simple: to provide the most efficient, cost-effective, and beneficial service to both our clients and our candidates. We accomplish this by employing a strategic partnership approach. By combining our experience and innovation at placing the right candidate in the right position we are more adaptive and responsive to your needs. While we are a large company that caters to Fortune 100 Corporations, we are more nimble than most of the smaller "hometown" agencies. This mindset allows us to utilize all of our resources for your individual needs. You get an enterprise level service with the small company attention to detail! Trillium Staffing was founded in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1984. Over time our employment service portfolio has grown. We now have fifty three locations across the nation. Trillium has developed into Trillium Traditional, Trillium Construction, Trillium Drivers, Computer & Engineering Services, Perennial Contractors, and Trillium Elite.

Trillium website: www.trilliumstaffing.com

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