Making Money in Michiana Part 1

By: Barbara Harrington Email
By: Barbara Harrington Email

If you're one of the thousands of Michiana residents looking for a job, you may be in luck. There are hundreds of openings throughout the region for people with a variety of different backgrounds.

The problem is, few know where to look for them.

In part one of our two part series, Making Money in Michiana, Barbara Harrington shows us where to find those openings.

It's one thing many people could use more of and wish they could worry less about, money to do more than just get by. But with a regional economy that's still recovering from a brutal recession, making money seems just as impossible as not worrying about it.

Luckily, that's starting to change.

Phil Damico, St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce, explains how the economy could be coming around, “We've seen a slight increase in the number of opportunities and jobs and occupations than a year ago. So I would say we've seen sings the economy has started to recover.”

As the economy starts to recover, so is Michiana's job market. Employers are hiring more people to help deal with the increasing demand for their services.

Damico, explains some of the hot job areas, “Healthcare is number one, service industry right now is really hot, that's number two. And then I think we've seen an increase in manufacturing positions.”

So if all these jobs are open, why aren't you hearing about them? Well, you'll no longer find them all in your local paper.

Damico describes how you will find most jobs posting online, “I think more of what you're going to find is online. So the career builder, the monster all those things there are those resources that will tell you sectors that are hiring number one it will tell you the larger companies that are hiring.”

Tammy Freeman, Notre Dame Talent Management, explains were you can find most jobs, “We post all of our jobs online. We don't advertise a lot of our jobs. Because we're fortunate enough to get a lot of candidates for our positions. So the best place is to check our website and to check it often because it changes everyday.”

It's a task that can seem overwhelming, having to check dozens of employer websites to track down openings. There are several resources that can help you with your search.

Damico describes one online job database that is a good place to look, “I think Work One is definitely a great resource. I think people look at Work One and say it's an unemployment office. Well there's far much more than unemployment there.”

Chuck Knebl, Work One Communications Director, explains how Work One helps people find jobs, “The bulk of what we do, the vast majority of what we do is on the side of getting job seekers into, if they're not in a position.”

Work One and its Michigan counterpart Michigan Works help people find jobs for free.

What's even better, they provide services like resume critiques and skill testing to find out what industry is the best fit for you.

Knebl describes a few other tools they use, “We provide work key tests and other tests that give us a good gauge of where a person's skills are.”

It'll help you figure out where you should be looking for jobs and how you can become a stronger candidate.

As thousands of residents try to get back to work, finding a job can still be a slow process. Don't get discouraged, because some employer out there in Michiana is looking for you.

Wednesday, in part two of the series, we'll show you how to increase your chances of snagging one of the hundreds of jobs out there.


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