Need a job? There are plenty of local companies looking to attract new talent. And that’s evidenced by the “now hiring” signs lining just about every road in Greater Lansing.
Here are a few places where you can apply for job right away:
Sparrow Health System is hosting a job fair from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today Thursday (Sept. 22-23) at 1400 E. Michigan Ave. Dozens of positions are available. On-the-spot interviews and offers will be available. Sign up online at signupgenius.com/go/jobfairsparrow.
McLaren Health System has a whopping 233 available job opportunities in Lansing listed on its website, most full time. Among them are slots for more than 70 registered nurses paying about $35 an hour — or about $70,000 a year. Registered respiratory therapists and nursing assistant positions are also in hot demand.
Entry-level technician jobs have also served as a pathway to becoming a medical assistant. If you’re hired, you can also complete a 26-week medical assistant course at Ross Medical Education Center in Lansing and pass a series of tests to become a registered medical assistant. Attending class and taking tests occasionally can interfere with a full-time schedule, but managers there are reportedly plenty accommodating for employees in training.
Visit mclaren.org/main/careers for more information.
Want to protect and serve? Ingham County has several openings in law enforcement. Deputies respond to all kinds of service requests from the public, as well as basic patrol duties that involve a variety of complaints and criminal calls. Some even get to ride horses and motorcycles or partner with a dog to help sniff out drugs. Deputies earn $39,000 to $62,000, based on experience.
Among the posts are corrections deputies, who help oversee about 450 jail inmates. Duties include observing and detecting unusual or prohibited behavior, distributing medication, conducting inmate counts, responding to calls and writing incident reports. Corrections deputies can expect to work in 12-hour shifts with an annual salary of $39,000 to $62,000 annually, depending on the level of experience they bring to the job.
Openings are also available for lobby deputies at the jail, who are paid an hourly rate of $18.22. Those staff assist in meeting inmates needs, monitor all movement in secure areas of the jail, maintain equipment, attend court and report rule violations and other incidents as necessary.
Visit sh.ingham.org for more information.
And Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth likes to start recruiting cops at an early age. Explorer Post No. 133 — a division of Boy Scouts of America — provides people ages 14-21 an opportunity to “explore” a career in law enforcement. Meetings are at the Sheriff’s Office in Mason on the first and third Wednesday of every month and include training on domestic violence, felony traffic stops and more. At least 18 staffers were former explorers.
Bus drivers are in hot demand here and just about every other city in Michigan. Dean Transportation was reportedly searching for up to 30 drivers ahead of the school year last month. Drivers with a Class B CDL license can earn an hourly wage of up to $21 with a sign-on bonus of up to $750, as well as other cash incentives for those who drive students from the Lansing School District. The only caveat is that you must hold down the job for four weeks.
Openings for school bus drivers were still widely available last week for districts in Charlotte, Dansville, East Lansing, Eaton Rapids, Lansing, Olivet, Owosso, St. Johns and Webberville.
The local public transportation system is recruiting for dozens of jobs ranging from human resources assistant and accountant to mechanic and, of course, bus driver. Although drivers might not make as much overtime in years past due to union contract changes, CATA still reportedly still offers outstanding benefits to its workforce — including $17.50 hourly during training and a $2,500 signing bonus. A drug test and a clean driving record are required.
Visit deandifference.com/careers and cata.org/drive for more information.
There seems to be a “now hiring” sign on the front of every QD in Greater Lansing nowadays. More than 100 positions were available at qualitydairycareers.com last week — including store clerk, assistant store manager, bakery delivery drivers and production workers, administrative professionals, maintenance staff and more in Lansing and beyond.
The family-owned company has been a Lansing staple for more than 84 years. Staff reportedly earn up to $18 an hour and receive a sign-on bonus along with paid time off, health benefits, a 401k package, premium wages for third shift. Staff are also provided uniforms along with some added benefits on their QD Rewards card. Clerks also may be able to take home the old donuts.
Check out www.qualitydairycareers.com/ for more information.
The Dobie Road just wrapped up a hiring fair last week for dozens of healthcare jobs for memory care, long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, outpatient therapy and general wellness. And plenty of positions were still available on its website this week, including dining service and maintenance technicians, door screeners, physical therapists, resident assistant, nurses, speech-language pathologists and certified nursing aides. Perks include paid holidays, retirement and medical benefits, tuition reimbursement, quarterly bonuses for perfect attendance, weekend-only schedules, an on-site fitness center and overtime opportunities.
Salaries range widely depending on the position. Door screeners start as low as $10 an hour. Certified nursing assistants will receive a $1,000 bonus after both nine and 18 months of work.
Michigan’s leisure, hospitality, professional and business services industries reported 36,000 new jobs since 2020 — the largest single year gain tracked in Michigan to date, officials said.
Check out dobieroad.com for more details.
This award-winning BBQ joint — like seemingly every other restaurant in town — is hiring at its Okemos location, searching for hard workers to join a growing team of mostly hosts, cashiers, cooks, BBQ pitmasters and dishwashers. Experience is obviously preferred, but attitude, willingness to learn and a desire for professional growth is valued more.
A big bonus: Unlike other places that use a “tipped minimum wage” to pay their staff as little as $3.67 an hour, Saddleback guarantees a standard hourly rate of at least $9.65 an hour, plus a share of tips. In May, that meant every employee at the restaurant made at least $15 an hour.
People also seem to like working there. Data shows that the average restaurant worker only sticks around for fewer than two months before they quit. At Saddleback, the average retention rate for staff is just less than a year. The staff also gets discounts on food and free beverages.
Check out www.saddlebackbbq.com/careers for more information.
Full-time permanent and seasonal road construction jobs are widely available across Michigan — including in Greater Lansing. MDOT is also hosting a series of virtual career fairs to get those positions filled quickly. Text “MDOT” to 25000 or visit https://oli.vi/rrp65 for more information.
The department needs more than 100 limited-term winter maintenance workers, which only require a Class B CDL license and can serve as a great entry point into the department and lead to future full-time opportunities. All other training will be provided for seasonal employees.
Other available positions include electrician, transportation engineer, planner and technician, maintenance worker and other skilled trades and professional positions. Check out michigan.gov/MDOTjobs or email MDOTemail@example.com for more information.
The state of Michigan also listed at least 35 other government jobs available last week, including forensic laboratory technicians, policy analysts, executive secretaries, IT technicians and even an archaeology specialist who can work for the State Historic Preservation Office. The Department of Natural Resources also reportedly has dozens of jobs open for the fall season.
Jobs in Michigan’s trade, transportation and utilities industry rose for the third consecutive month in August. Over the last year, more than 26,000 jobs were created in that sector.
OK. We know. This one admittedly doesn’t pay too great. Corporate officials also wouldn’t provide us with a starting salary, but it’s probably not much above minimum wage for new hires.
That being said, you also can probably get hired there today. And there are dozens of restaurants still hiring including in Dewitt, Holt, St. Johns and six locations across Lansing. Last week, there were full- and part-time openings for more than 30 managers and team members.
Fast food jobs can help build character and also work well for a first job or entry-level position. Vacation time doesn’t accrue until one year of full-time employment but several local restaurants offer a convenient “work today, get paid tomorrow” program through an Instant Pay app.
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