Job Seekers

This website provides you with information, tools and resources to file for unemployment benefits, register and post your resume on the Pure Michigan Talent Connect, improve your job seeking skills and conduct your job search. 

To maximize your job search efforts, visit the Southgate Michigan Works Center at 15100 Northline Road in Southgate, MI (room 101).  There, our trained staff will evaluate your situation and refer you to all the appropriate resources for your job search needs.  In addition, Michigan Rehabilitation Services and Veterans Services have representatives available to meet (by appointment) with individuals eligible for their services.

The center is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.  Stop in or call 734-362-3466.
File your unemployment claim via the Internet

Pure Michigan Talent Connect
Use this resource to post your resume and search for jobs.  This program allows you to reach hundreds of employers quickly, and matches jobs to your unique skills and abilities automatically.

Job Search Assistance/Resources
There are thousands of websites for Job Search Assistance.  Here are a few.
Flip Dog –
The Monster Board –
Hot Jobs –
Michigan Job Hunter –
Nationwide Newspaper Links –
State, County, City Jobs –

Congressman John Dingell has put together a guidebook for displaced workers that you may find helpful: Displaced Worker Guidebook

On-Site Services
When you visit the Southgate Michigan Works Center, you may access a variety of resources, including:
Resume and Cover Letter Guides
Occupational and Educational Guides
Job Search Support Materials
Apprenticeship and Civil Service Information
Career Exploration Tools
Immediate E-mail Resume Referral
Workshops (including but not limited to: Proven Job Search Tips, Interviewing for Success, Resume Writing, and Networking Techniques)

• Fax/Copy/Telephone Services • Interest Surveys
• Referrals to Community Services • Computers/Printers
• DeLEG Career Portal • Typing Tutorials
• Computerized GED preparation software • Career Research Tools

Veteran programs:

Veterans with at least one day of active military service and eligible spouses are eligible to receive Priority of Service. Priority of Service allows veterans and eligible spouses to receive Michigan Works! services before or instead of non-veterans. To take advantage of this entitlement, be sure to identify yourself as a veteran or eligible spouse to Michigan Works! Service Center staff upon entering our service center.

Priority of Service For eligible Veterans and Spouses

Ford Motor Company Waiting List: –

For eligible youth, Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers a comprehensive program.  WIOA is customer-focused, placing job seekers and businesses at the center of the system.   DCC Southgate Service Center provides a flexible, customer centered service with a goal of improving occupational, work readiness, and basic skills.
Qualified youth age 14-24 years old receive individual assistance from DCC staff to guide them in pursuing a career, High School Diploma / GED preparation, paid work experience, occupational training, and assisting them with job placement.   Youth receive one-on-one assistance with resume writing, using the internet to job search and customized assistance to meet their specific needs.   Special workshops are developed to meet the needs of youth.  

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to assist youth (14-24), adult job seekers and employers with specialized services and activities.  This revitalized workforce system will be characterized by three critical hallmarks of excellence:

  • The needs of business and workers drive workforce solutions
  • One-Stop Centers provide excellent customer service to workers, job seekers and employers and focuses on continuous improvement
  • The workforce system supports strong regional economies and plays an active role in community, economic and workforce development.

Services for eligible youth may include:

  • Tutoring, study skills                                               High school diploma, GED completion
  • Pre-Apprenticeship, apprenticeship                        Internships, job shadowing
  • Workforce preparation activities                             Leadership development, career exploration
  • Supportive services                                                 Adult mentoring
  • Guidance and counseling                                         Financial literacy
  • Entrepreneurial skills training                                   Labor market, job search assistance
  • Vocational, post-secondary training                        Paid or unpaid work experience
  • Summer employment                                              Community service

All youth are able to attend a variety of workshops, talent tours, attend job club and attend on-site hiring events.   Tours are offered for youth to visit local colleges and universities.  Financial Aid events are offered for youth and their parents.   For all customers enrolled in WIOA, the goal is to obtain employment and become self-sufficient.  Once a customer finds employment, they receive follow-up services for up to one year.  Follow-up services are geared to helping customers maintain their employment.  If a customer loses their job, we will assist them to find new employment.
Jobs for Michigan Graduates (JMG) – Special Initiative
This special initiative is designed to serve youth (16-24) who have left the traditional school system and are interested obtaining their high school diploma or GED.  The mission of this program is to recover dropouts and provide an array of counseling, employability and technical skills development, professional development, job development and job placement services that will result in either a career or continued education once a high school diploma or GED has been obtained. 
For more information about the youth programs, call our Youth Career Development Facilitators below:
Ashley Reid at 734-362-7032 or Lynette Massey at 734-362-7031.


Basic career services are available to all job seekers that come into our center.  These services include:

  • Program eligibility determination, outreach, intake and resource referral
  • Initial assessment of skills and supportive service needs
  • Job search and placement assistance, labor market data, employer hiring events
  • Hiring trends, occupational data and in-demand statistics
  • Information and resources on child care, child support, program performance measures, medical benefit options, earned income tax credit, Temporary Assistance for Needy  Families supportive service and transportation
  • Information and assistance on how to file an unemployment claim
  • Information and assistance on how to apply for financial aid

These services may be available if determined appropriate for the job seeker to obtain and retain employment.  Eligibility guidelines may apply including for: low income adults, displaced homemakers, laid off workers (previous job in decline), veterans and veteran’s spouses with additional priority of service (s) applied.

  • Comprehensive assessments for reading, math and language
  • Career assessment
  • Development of an Individual Employment Plan (IEP)
  • Individual and group counseling, workshops
  • Career planning, mentoring, transitional jobs
  • Activities to strengthen learning skills, communication and interviewing abilities
  • Pre-apprenticeship, internships and work experience (paid and unpaid)
  • Workforce preparation including basic skill and training
  • Financial literacy
  • Out of area job search and relocation assistance
  • English language programs

These services may be available if determined appropriate for the job seeker to obtain and retain employment.  Eligibility guidelines may apply including for: low income adults, displaced homemakers, laid off workers (previous job in decline), veterans and veteran’s spouses with additional priority of service (s) applied.

  • Credential based testing
  • Customized training
  • Apprenticeships
  • Entrepreneurial training
  • On-the-job training
  • Classroom and occupational training
  • Job readiness, adult education and literacy
  • Incumbent worker training

All training opportunities are based on pre-approval, available funds and a variety of eligibility factors.
For more information about the career or training services, call our hotline at 734-362-3448.

Employers can benefit by posting openings on  Staff can demonstrate to employers how to register, post job orders and the resume search function.  Business Service Representatives are available to provide pre-screened referrals based on employer criteria.  Many employers utilize our resource center as an application site for multiple hiring activities.  Job fairs and specialized recruiting events can be customized to meet the needs of the employer.  There are many work based training opportunities for employers to consider such as on-the-job training, customized training, apprenticeships and more!  Additional services are available and services are customized to meet the needs of each employer.
For more information on these services, call Business Services Coordinator:
Devin Gray at 734-362-3456.


Partnership, Accountability, Training, Hope (PATH) Program (formerly JET)
The PATH Program is designed to establish and maintain a connection to the labor market for individuals referred by the Department of Human Services (DHS), while offering educational and training opportunities and job search/job readiness activities to increase the individual’s income, thereby reducing or eliminating a family’s need for public assistance.

The Path Program provides participants the education and training needed to move up career ladders for self-sustaining, lasting employment and permanent self-sufficiency. The PATH Program is an investment in the long-term growth and prosperity of our workforce and our economy.

For Michigan employers, the PATH Program provides prepared workers ready to take and retain jobs to help businesses avoid high turnover and become more productive. This approach provides long-term economic growth for individuals, families, businesses and Michigan’s evolving economy.

The PATH program operates Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

PATH Program Activities and Services

Core Activities:
• Unsubsidized Employment
• Subsidized Employment
• On-the-job Training
• Job Search & Job Readiness
• Work Experience
• Community Service
• Vocational Education Training
• Childcare for Community Service Program Participants
Non-Core Activities:
• Job Skills Training Directly Related to Employment
• Education Directly Related to Employment
• High School Completion or GED Preparation
• Transportation Assistance
• Interview Clothing & Uniforms
• Child Care Information/Referrals
• Basic Skills Assessment
• Career Assessment & Counseling
• Career & Labor Market Exploration
• Goal Setting & Individual Service Strategy
• Resume Writing Assistance
• Job Readiness Workshops (Resumes, Interviews, etc.)
• Barrier Resolution Workshop
• Money Management Workshop
• Various other Job Preparation & Retention Activities

Supported by the State of Michigan and the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance.