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From Job Seeker to Employee Seeker

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance  •  231-582-6482  •

Carly Bortz, NLEA Administrative/Communications Assistant

Renee Santina of Magna Lexamar Corporation, pictured left, attended last year’s Northern Michigan’s Largest Hiring Event as a job seeker, and this year, worked the Magna booth.

Over 70 companies and organizations set up booths to attract talent at Northern Michigan’s Largest Hiring Event at The Ellison Place in Gaylord, MI on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

This year’s event brought in over 330 job seekers from all over the state looking for employment. Over 400 full time, part time, seasonal apprenticeship, and professional placement employment opportunities were available for candidates to peruse with the possibility of being hired on the spot.

Since its inception, companies have had great success in hiring new talent. Renee Santina attended the Hiring Event in 2018 as a job seeker. She connected well with the team at Magna Lexamar Corporation, and was offered and accepted a full-time position as Executive Assistant helping with recruiting. This year, Renee was one of the employees who got to man the Magna booth and interview individuals who were in her shoes just one year ago.

Not only does this hiring event showcase a wide array of industries from healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, and more, it also prepares individuals to enter the workforce. Job seekers leave the event with improved interview skills, knowledge of reputable companies in northern Michigan, and many connections.

Interested in available positions at participating companies? Check out the online Hiring Event Directory. Learn more about this event and details for next year at

Northern Michigan’s Largest Hiring Event is a partnership event brought to you by North Central Michigan College, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, The Ellison Place, MacDonald Garber Broadcasting, Mitchell Graphics, Northwest Michigan Works!, Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium, and Michigan Works! UPward.

Call 231-582-6482 or email for more information on this event.

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