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"Experience for Hire" - Not Your Typical Job Fair

Michigan Business Beat
February 13, 2018 4:00 PM

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Edythe Hatter-Williams, CEO, Capital Area Michigan Works! CAMW! talks with Jeffrey Mosher about AARP Michigan’s goal to match the qualifications of registered job seekers age 50 and above.

Additional Information Provided by CAMW!

AARP Michigan recently hosted it first/pilot “Experience for Hire” event at the Lansing American Job Center. This wasn’t your typical “job fair.” AARP Michigan’s goal was to match the qualifications of registered job seekers age 50 and above with the minimum qualifications of the job openings at the employers that were participating in the event. If a match was made, the job seekers were be informed by AARP Michigan in advance of their scheduled interview time.

Job opening areas included:
• Food service, transportation, automotive professionals, banking/financial, tutoring, learning center/day care, home health care, retail sales/marketing, security, and heating and air conditioning.

Details about the event:
• 89 job seekers registered for the hiring event
• 47 of these job seekers with matched with 12 employers, and 38 job seekers accepted their matches and planned to meet with their matched employers
• 82 appointments were scheduled for the 38 job seekers for the day of the event, though not all job seekers were able to make it the day of o 11 walk-ins were vetted and set up with appointments
• 6 people were hired on the spot
• 1 employer extended a job offer to a job seeker and a follow-up interview is taking place
• 9 employers found prospective employees and will conduct follow-up interviews with them
• All employers want to participate in another Experience for Hire event

AARP Michigan is reviewing the results of this event and will likely hold its next one near Detroit. Older workers who were unable to attend the event are encouraged to stop by one of our American Job Centers for career assistance. At our Lansing American Job Center, the AARP Foundation offers the Senior Community Employment Program, also known as SCSEP, which works with low income residents who are more than 55 years of age who are unemployed.

The AARP Foundation works with local nonprofits and public agencies, like CAMW!, to match eligible job seekers to increase skills and build self-confidence, while earning a modest income.For more information on AARP Michigan, visit https://states.aarp.org/region/michigan/.

Visit www.camw.org to connect with the Capital Area Michigan Works! team for assistance with finding new training opportunities, hiring solutions and more. Capital Area Michigan Works! offers services in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties at our Lansing, St. Johns and Charlotte American Job Centers.


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