Top Five LinkedIn Tips for Jobseekers

It is important that your LinkedIn profile mirror your resume. Factual information, such as your job titles, dates of employment, and educational credentials must match exactly. Beyond those core similarities, your LinkedIn profile is completely customizable. The Ann Arbor SPARK Talent Team has complied the following five tips to make LinkedIn work for your job search: 1. Significant Summary The Summary section of your LinkedIn profile is a great... [Read More...]

Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Mike Miller

What does it take to work at the Google AdWords headquarters? Why did Google decide downtown Ann Arbor was the perfect place to do business? Paul Krutko recently sat down with Mike Miller, head of the Ann Arbor Google AdWords office, to discuss these questions and more as part of SPARK’s podcast series. View from outside the Google AdWords Headquarters in downtown Ann Arbor. Q&A Paul:  Mike, you worked at Google, and before that you were... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Intern Social Program Wraps Up

Ann Arbor SPARK’s Intern Social Program that included organized social outings, a Facebook group and 2-month long scavenger hunt around Ann Arbor has wrapped up. The scavenger hunt contest participants included interns from our 10 participating startup companies, Google and Toyota.  The Scavenger Hunt was organized into three groups of places to visit around Ann Arbor.  The lowest point group included places in Ann Arbor that required a cost to... [Read More...]

Boston MichAGAIN Reception – Employers Are Top of the Hub!

The MichAGAIN reception took place last night at Top of the Hub – 50th floor of the Prudential Tower overlooking Boston and the harbor. It was a most picturesque setting to talk about the beauty of Michigan – more shoreline than any other state in the U.S., surrounded by inland seas that boast no salt and no sharks – and the hot job market that wants and needs top talent for our driving industries. The 80 plus attendees had stories to share... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Launches Intern Program with Social Component to Introduce Interns to Ann Arbor

On May 30th, Ann Arbor SPARK launched a new program blending the Ann Arbor SPARK departments of Entrepreneurial Services, Talent Enhancement, and Business Development. This dynamic new program helps to fund internships for 10 start-up companies in Ann Arbor through a monetary match program. In addition to financial assistance, the interns of these start-up companies are participating in a social program administered by Ann Arbor SPARK.  The social... [Read More...]

Pure Michigan Launches Business Attraction Video Touting Ann Arbor

The Pure Michigan campaign featuring Ann Arbor as a destination for business growth recently launched.  The four-minute video, a result of a collaborative effort between Ann Arbor SPARK, the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Ypsilanti Area CVB, features Ann Arbor business leaders talking about the benefits of locating a company in the region.  It is prominently displayed on... [Read More...]

MichAGAIN – Opening New Pipelines to Talent

Written by Britany Affolter-Caine Talent is a critical key to economic prosperity. In an effort to provide Ann Arbor companies with greater access to talent, Ann Arbor SPARK is in Silicon Valley with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as part of the MichAGAIN series – recruiting trips to regions that have top talent from software developers and marketing professionals to C-level executives and life scientists with Michigan roots and... [Read More...]

Internships – Pipeline to Talent

Today’s post is written by Britany Affolter-Caine of Ann Arbor SPARK. How do Microsoft, Google, Ford, Goldman Sachs, and other well-known corporations secure the best graduating talent each year? (Hint: It is more than being a household name.) All these companies have well-developed internship programs that bring top students, often as sophomores and freshman, from across the country into their companies to work for a summer. These internships are... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Launches CEO Podcast Series

Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region, is launching Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcasts: Conversations on Economic Opportunity, featuring Paul Krutko, its president and CEO, speaking with regional business leaders. “Since joining Ann Arbor SPARK, I’ve met with more than 80 business owners who are advancing our region’s economy; there’s an incredible... [Read More...]

Its a small world after all

Paul Krutko speaking at the VC breakfast. Our team is up bright and early this Tuesday morning to spread the word of cool technologies, high returns, and the growing venture capital scene in Michigan to a group of around 30 Silicon Valley VC’s and high net worth individuals. The group was very interested in hearing more about our upcoming CEO Podcast between Paul Krutko, President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK,  and Jan Garfinkle, Founder and Managing... [Read More...]

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