State opens new ‘DREAMJOB’ summit for Michigan job-seekers

For the first time ever, the state is hosting – what officials are calling – a statewide “speed dating” type of career fair.

DREAMJOB is an invitation-only career fair introduced by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

In order to be considered, anyone who’s interested must apply for a specific position online.

Joe Quick, Manager of Talent Programs with the department, said this type of environment allows for better conversation, than a traditional career fair.

“Because there aren’t those set-up times for them to speak about specific positions, this is a little more in-depth conversation, and an interview that could really lead to some significant connections between employers and job-seekers,” he said.

Quick said 110 companies will be at the event representing 1,200 positions.

He said the goal isn’t only to fill these “harder-to-fill” positions, but to promote Michigan as a whole.

“Not only are we promoting those opportunities, but promoting the state as a place to have a sustainable career,” Quick said. “Retaining and attracting talent to the state will spur the economy, and make sure our employees are able to find the talent need to continue to grow here in our state.”

DREAMJOB 2014 is scheduled for June 13 at Ford Field in Detroit. Applications are due Wednesday, Apr. 30.

Applications can be found at www.puremichigandreamjob.com.