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Futures For Frontliners

September 21st, 2020

Futures For Frontliners

Michigan’s Gov. Whitmer  has just launched a new – first in nation –  program to offer essential, frontline workers a tuition-free path to community college.  Michigan’s 625,000 COVID-19 essential workers are encouraged to apply now for tuition-free community college.

Futures for Frontliners is a state scholarship program for Michiganders without college degrees who worked in essential industries during the state COVID-19 shutdown in spring 2020 (April 1 – June 30). This scholarship provides these frontline workers with tuition-free access to local community college to pursue an associate degree or a skills certificate, either full-time or part-time while you work.

To be eligible for the program, an applicant must:

Be a Michigan resident
Have worked in an essential industry at least part-time for 11 of the 13 weeks between April 1 — June 30
Have been required to work outside the home at least some of the time between April 1 — June 30
Not have previously earned an associate or bachelor’s degree
Not be … Read More

Do Your Homework!

August 19th, 2020

Do Your Homework!

I know we are all saying to do your homework, in many ways, as everyone struggles with remote learning.  But this is not a phrase solely for kids.  If you are looking for a job, Do Your Homework! By this I mean be prepared for every stage of the search, application, interview and hiring process.

To start, research companies that are intriguing to you.  Find out what they do, how they do it, and what types of jobs they offer.  Maybe you know someone who works there, or maybe it is as simple as a search on the internet. Do people like working there?  What do the Glass Door or Indeed reviews say?

When applying, make sure you have studied the job description and have tailored your resume and cover letter to address the needs of the company.  There is simply no excuse for not knowing what you are applying … Read More

2020

June 8th, 2020

Wow.  What a year so far and we are barely halfway through it.  In the past two months we’ve seen a global pandemic, the highest unemployment since the Great Depression, and protests throughout the country over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.  I know that you have been affected by at least one of these, and possibly all three.

While there is so much to say, nothing is quite enough.   And there are only a few things that we can do as a company and employer.

We can listen.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you.

We can learn.  If you feel that there is something we should know, please contact us.

We can be compassionate.  If we can help you through this, we will do our utmost to do so.

As we look towards the remainder of the year, we … Read More

COVID-19

April 5th, 2020

For those of you who are working on the front lines, a heartfelt THANK YOU from all of us at CrossFire!

As we all navigate through this pandemic, we want to let you know that you are important to us.  By now you have heard many pieces of advice on how to stay safe and healthy and we hope that you are following them. At CrossFire we have implemented a COVID-19 protocol for the protection of our employees and clients.

We have created a remote work plan where possible and have been working with our clients to provide on-site medical personnel for screening those essential workers reporting to physical job locations.  All employee payments have been moved to electronic payments to avoid physical checks being printed and mailed. Where there have been layoffs, we are providing information to help navigate through the state unemployment systems.  We are also providing information to help navigate … Read More