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20 Best Places to Find a Job in Michigan

Updated on July 14, 2013

Michigan Is Still Alive!

The U. S. Census reported that the state of Michigan lost the most residents in the most recent census count for 2010. Michigan is still a great place to live because of its natural beauty, manufacturing and business climate. I know the economy is tough, jobs are tight, and unemployment is high.

In this article I want to provide some help to my fellow man and woman to ease the burden of seeking employment. During my thirty years in the workforce, both public and private sectors, and with the Government, I have seen much success.

Before I provide the list of 20 Best Places To Look For Employment In Michigan, I will share some tips to help you land, perhaps, the best job opportunity you have ever had:

  • Tip One – You do not need to know someone in a company to get hired.
  • Tip Two – You must treat your job search seriously.
  • Tip Three – You must know what type job you are looking for.
  • Tip Four – All jobs are not advertised.
  • Tip Five – You must be flexible.

Robin, Michigan State Bird
Robin, Michigan State Bird | Source

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What Gets You Hired

A positive attitude, a strong resume and qualifications will and can get you hired. Your enthusiasm should shine through in the resume you submit and the sound of your voice over the phone. Be willing to do the menial tasks that no one else wants to do. Employers often test the level of commitment of employees to see if they can trust you. Be a self-starter and take initiative on the job. Do not wait to be told by your boss to do something that you know needs doing. Everything that I have mentioned is valuable to an employer.

Notice that I mentioned positive attitude first. A positive attitude says a lot about your character. It shows that you can handle difficult times and challenges. A positive attitude shows that you know how to control your thinking. It also shows that you are willing to keep going no matter what comes your way.

List of 20 Best Places To Look For Employment In Michigan

One - College Placement Office. University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Wayne State University, U of D Mercy and others.

Two - Job Sites. Narrow your search to Michigan:,,,, and

Three - Local News Stations and MediaWeb sites. My Fox Detroit, WXYZ and Detroit Careers Examiner on

Four - Local Workforce – Unemployment Office.

Five - Staffing Agencies. Manpower, and Kelly Services are two of many more.

Six - Company Web sites. Choose the company you want to work for and go directly to their website.

Seven - Social Media – Market yourself on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Eight – Organizations. Organization linked to your profession.

Nine - Federal, State and Local Government.

Ten - Grocery Store Classifieds

Eleven – Newspapers – Oakland Press, Freep, Chronicle, Southfield Eccentric

Twelve - Friends and Family. Ask your family and friends about employment at their worksite.

Thirteen - Neighborhood Association Organizations.

Fourteen - Local church. Second Ebenezer Church, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Word of Faith International, Northridge Church, Perfecting Church, Straight Gate Church International, International Gospel Center, Tabernacle Church, Great Faith Ministries International, Family Victory Fellowship

Fifteen - Help Wanted Signs. When you see a help wanted sign, inquire about other possible openings.

Sixteen - Small Businesses. Please do not overlook this sector. You may see an opening in the classified for a Personal Assistant. This may mean that the company is growing. Check it out.

Seventeen – Trade Shows. Gibraltar Trade Center has vendors to come in on Weekends and set up their products, you might find an employer looking for work.

Eighteen - Headhunters – Recruiters. I am not a proponent for paying a fee for a service, but consider investing a little money in your job search.

Nineteen - Job Fairs. Job Fairs are prevalent in Michigan, and you can usually find one on the website. There is a list of fairs at least a month out. Call first before you travel a long distance to find out that the fair has been cancelled.

Twenty – Restaurants. Restaurants are always hiring. Work your way up to Manager and call it a day.

We have come to the end of the list of 20 best places to find employment in Michigan. Feel free to bookmark this article for future reference. Thanks.


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    Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

    QudsiaP1, thanks for reading a commenting.

    James A Watkins, you are welcome. I hope those in Michigan and considering moving to Michigan will find this information helpful. I have visited St. Joseph.

    Take Care!

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    James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

    You have done an excellent job at providing needful information. I am from Michigan—Benton Harbor/St. Joseph. Thank you for this service to the community.

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    QudsiaP1 6 years ago

    Well written.

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    Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

    Hi revmjm, I am so glad you came by even though you are not a Michigan resident. Appreciate your vote UP! Looking forward to your article using the cardinal.

    Marcella Glenn, glad you payed me a visit today.

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    Marcella Glenn 6 years ago from PA

    Very interesting.

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    Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

    I really like this article even though I live a long way from Michigan. I didn't know the robin was the state bird. That was really creative of you to use the picture of the robin. I must use a picture of the cardinal on some of my Virginia articles. Voted UP and "useful."