Muskegon, Montague Manpower offices aim to fill 30+ skilled trades, administrative positions now

The Manpower offices in Muskegon and Montague have over 30 administrative, skilled trades and manufacturing supervisor positions to fill immediately, and at least 20 percent of those are permanent placements in local companies.

The information comes from Cathy Monton, branch manager of the two offices, who says that Manpower will be looking for prime candidates at this Friday's Pure Michigan Opportunity West Coast career networking event sponsored by Muskegon Area First, the Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Some 35 companies will participate in the event.

Monton says several area manufacturers need CNC operators, quality technicians and other skilled tradesmen. All the jobs, including the supervisory and administrative positions, are open now and ready to be filled.

"When candidates walk in the door, they need to bring their résumés, a positive attitude and their smiles," Monton says. "I was at a career fair today and saw people wearing pajama pants -- candidates need to dress in appropriate business attire. They need to engage with the companies at the event -- walk up and shake hands, introduce themselves. Those people are standouts."

She adds that successful candidates come prepared with a one- to two-minute verbal résumé that outlines their work experience, training, skills and why the company should hire them.

For permanent placements, Manpower recruits candidates for the employer. Temp-to-hire positions work for Manpower initially, with an opportunity to become full-time employees of the company where they are placed.

"The skilled trades have a shortage (of workers)," Monton says. "Manpower is doing a lot of studies to discover the reasons for the talent shortage. Many employers are starting to do on-the-job training, and we offer the Manpower training and development center. A lot of times [the region's] students think they have to leave the state to get good jobs, when there are jobs right here in our backyard."
Source: Cathy Monton, Manpower
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor
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