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Public invited to statewide job recruiting events

March 10, 2011

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KALAMAZOO--Recruiters will be on the Western Michigan University campus next week as part of a major statewide recruitment initiative by the Michigan Department of Human Services that ultimately is expected to add 500 professionals to the state's civil service roster.

While on campus, the DHS recruiters will hold one statewide event each day from Tuesday through Thursday, March 15-17. The aim is to identify interested and qualified candidates to work in children's protective, foster care, adoption, juvenile and home licensing services.

College graduates as well as current students may apply for one of the open positions if they have not had a misdemeanor or felony conviction for a crime of violence and if they have earned, or expect to earn by May or August, a bachelor's or master's degree in one of 10 areas.

The 10 areas are:

  • Social work
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Family ecology
  • Family studies
  • Consumer/community services
  • Counseling psychology
  • Family and/or child development
  • Criminal justice
  • Guidance/school counseling

All three DHS events in Kalamazoo will take place on WMU's main campus in the East Ballroom of the Bernhard Center. Casual dress is preferred for the first two events, and professional dress expected for the third.

Tuesday, March 15
Panel presentation

The first event is a panel presentation called "A Career in Child Welfare Services for the Social Sciences" that is set for 5 to 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, March 15. Seating is limited to 500 people, and pre-registration is required. After the presentation, interested candidates will have a chance to sign up to return for a one-hour session the following day.

Wednesday, March 16
Written exercise and behavioral-based interview

The March 16 event will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is only open to people who registered to attend the panel presentation. During the one-hour sessions, groups of job applicants will complete a written exercise and application as well as a 10-minute behavioral-based interview.

Thursday, March 17
Second-round interviews

The March 17 event is just for applicants who were notified the previous day that they were selected to come back for a 30-minute behavioral-based interview. This second round of interviews also will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the selected candidates needing to be on site only during the one-hour time slot they signed up to attend.

To register for the DHS recruitment and interview events, visit michigan.gov/dhs for more detailed information about the DHS statewide hiring initiative. Under the title "DHS is Hiring," there is a link to the WMU event. That link includes additional links to registration information and a detailed breakdown of each day's activities. The DHS hiring link also includes information on how those unable to attend these events might be able to apply for future job openings.

Questions about WMU's role in the initiative should be directed to Surangi Pradhan, employer relations and recruiter in Career and Student Employment Services, at surangi.pradhan@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2745.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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