Patrick Center June 13, 2014 | WGVU Michigan’s Big Three automakers. Whirlpool and Stryker are just a few of the more than 140 Michigan companies participating in the inaugural DREAMJOB Summit. Michigan Economic Development Corporation Managing Director, Trevor Pawl, explains over the last six months the MEDC has been working with corporate Michigan to inventory over 1,200 open positions.
“And then we just got the word out. We did a marketing campaign that brought people in from China, brought people in from Ohio, brought people in from all over to kind of show people what Detroit and Michigan are all about and in the process interview for a great job. So today we have about 3,000 people walking the concourse at Ford Field and on the field we’ll have over 1,000 prescheduled interviews.”
Kyle Seehafe is a corporate recruiter at the Holland-based office furniture maker Haworth. He says it’s a great opportunity to for networking.
“We’ve had some great conversations, some great candidates and some great individuals we’d like to bring over to Haworth.”
The Pure Michigan The DREAMJOB Summit is one solution to attracting talent to Michigan. The Great Recession caused a number of Michigan businesses to cut their workforce. Those who could moved out of state seeking employment elsewhere.
“The goal of this event is to have given them sort of a line, a fishing line saying, you know what? Here are the jobs take an honest look and see if there’s anything here that really makes sense? I think that’s why it resonated so well because people weren’t looking in the right places and now that they see these jobs they’re flowing and thousands of people and originally this was supposed to be an 800 person event.”
If you’re looking for work Pawl recommends checking out www.mitalent.org.
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