Cover Letter Etiquette

When I am working with people that are in a job search, the question of cover letters invariably comes up.  Do the HR people actually read them?  Why should I waste my time doing one?  What does a good one look like? And the list goes on…… The opinions on the value of cover letters vary almost as much as the opinions on a resume.  However, I am definitely in the “pro cover letter” (or “cover email”) camp!   True, many people... [Read More...]

Brenda Jones Helping Keep Talent in Ann Arbor

Brenda Jones is a woman with a passion for keeping talent in Ann Arbor. After she and several members of her team were laid off from a local SaaS marketing company, Brenda took the lead in helping make sure those individuals stayed in this region, with jobs at a range of innovation-based businesses. Brenda used Ann Arbor SPARK’s Job Portal to research career opportunities for her colleagues, and also employed tried and true networking to make headway... [Read More...]

Deepfield Finds Talent at A2 Tech Trek

After attending Ann Arbor SPARK’s A2 Tech Trek, University of Michigan (U-M) alumni Scott Godbold knew it was time to return to Ann Arbor to build his high tech career. Godbold, who was working for Zappos in Las Vegas as a systems automation engineer, was attracted to Deepfield after passing its downtown Ann Arbor office while on the 2016 Tech Trek. During Tech Trek, Ann Arbor’s technology companies and organizations hosted open houses that displayed... [Read More...]

Consider the Michigan Hospitality Industry!

If you are considering new opportunities, be sure to check out the hospitality industry!  This broad array of employers includes hotels, restaurants, casinos, and other entertainment destinations.  These businesses are always in need of managers, event planners, culinary staff, servers, night auditors, housekeepers, maintenance professionals and many other occupations.  This industry provides opportunities for everyone, even if you don’t have... [Read More...]

Job Hunting During the Holidays

That magical time between Thanksgiving and January 2nd is filled with family, friends, food, and cheer.  It is also a time that the job search process can really slow down – which can be extremely frustrating if you are searching for your next career adventure. I wanted to share a few of the reasons for the slow down, and to give you some ideas on how to stay productive with your search during this time. There are many reasons why the hiring... [Read More...]

Talent Relocation Q&A: Connor Tierney, Disher Design

The number of growing businesses in our region has created the opportunity to expand talent recruitment efforts, including attracting talent back to Michigan. The good news is that Ann Arbor is a place where people want to live, work, and play, including those who have limitless career options. For instance, as a city, 70.4% of Ann Arbor residents hold a Bachelors Degree or higher. Ann Arbor is truly a unique city that leaves a charming impression... [Read More...]

Talent Relocation Q&A: Patrick Hooper, Bitbrew

The number of growing businesses in our region has created the opportunity to expand talent recruitment efforts, including attracting talent back to Michigan. The good news is that Ann Arbor is a place where people want to live, work, and play, including those who have limitless career options. For instance, as a city, 70.4% of Ann Arbor residents hold a Bachelors Degree or higher.  Ann Arbor is truly a unique city that leaves a charming impression... [Read More...]

The Panicked Job Seeker

Your company has shut down.  You and your boss just didn’t see eye to eye.  There was a consolidation and your position was eliminated.  There are many reasons why you could be frantically looking for your next job.  I know – I’ve been there myself plenty of times. Last week I was chatting with a friend that had lost his position through no fault of his own.  I asked him my typical question, “What do you want to do?” And his response... [Read More...]

Job Application Follow Up: What Should You Do After You Press Send?

You have just written the perfect, well researched cover letter to the employer of your dreams.  You have carefully tailored your resume to the position, making sure that many of the key words in the job description also are found in your resume, just in case the employer relies heavily on key word searching software, and have followed the instructions about how to submit your credentials.  Now what? Most people don’t do anything.  Some... [Read More...]

The ABCs of an Effective Job Search

Going through a career transition is exciting and scary. It is a time to find a new opportunity, to develop new skills, and maybe even completely reinvent yourself. It is also nerve-wracking, as your job is generally a significant part of your self identity and how you pay your bills. Here are some tips that I have learned from the many transitions that I have personally experienced. A – Attitude & Approach If you are in a career transition,... [Read More...]

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