We’re only two months into 2019, and I can already tell it’s going to be a good year for job seekers. As businesses continue to open and expand in our region, the demand for talent is a constant topic of discussion at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least 10 local employers that are hiring for a collective 900 job openings.
For instance, Peckham Inc. recently announced that it will open a location in Flint Township. There, the organization will provide up to 200 sewing machine operator job opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities, in addition to some opportunities for those without disabilities. The nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization will host job fairs on March 6 and 13 at Genesee Valley Center and is already accepting applications at peckham.org.
The automotive supplier Lear Corp. is also seeking qualified candidates to work at its Flint manufacturing facility. Job seekers can learn more at lear.com or submit their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Android Industries, the HR team is accepting resumes for everything from assemblers to shift managers at avancezassembly.com/careers. Likewise, Rassini Brakes has openings in Mt. Morris Township, which will soon be listed at mitalent.org.
In downtown Flint, Huntington Bank has several job openings, which you can learn about at careers.huntington.com. Nearby, the Flint & Genesee Chamber is seeking educational professionals to work with YouthQuest students at www.yquest.org. Just two miles down the street, Diplomat is looking to fill openings for patient service coordinators, communication specialists and other positions listed at diplomatpharmacy.com. In Grand Blanc Township, Molex, formerly Laird, has several openings for engineering positions detailed at molex. com. Additionally, both Nagel Paper in Swartz Creek and Flint’s Mass Transportation Authority are looking to fill a variety of positions. For details, email email@example.com and visit mtaflint.org.
That said, while there are many job opportunities available here, job seekers aren’t always aware of them. That’s where organizations like GST Michigan Works! and Mott Community College’s Workforce Development programs come in. Both agencies play an important role in connecting employers with skilled workers and helping job seekers prepare for those jobs.
The Flint & Genesee Chamber is also a good resource. As a result of our economic and workforce development efforts, we’re often among the first to know about job openings and talent needs for local employers. To help fill those positions, we work with community partners, host jobs fairs, leverage our TeenQuest and Career Edge pre-employment programs (flintandgenesee.org/career-edge) and solicit resumes from local job seekers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or someone you know is looking for employment, I encourage you to check out the employers and resources listed above. These job opportunities cover a range of industries, specialties and experience levels, and I’m confident that Genesee County has the skilled talent pool to fill them.
Kristina Johnston is chief operations officer at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.