PEOPLE KNOW JULIUS by his middle name: Michael. “My mother started calling me Michael, after the archangel,” he explains. “It’s a strong name.”
Michael was having difficulty finding a good job that could provide for him and his family. His parole officer referred him to GoodTemps, Goodwill’s staffing services agency located inside its Career Center in Muskegon. He walked in and filled out an application.
“The people at GoodTemps were nice. They care about you; they do not put you down. They did not look at me as a bad guy or judge me.”
A few days later, GoodTemps Senior Staffing Specialist Lori Springstead sent him out on his first assignment. It was a short-term job that was labor-intensive and at difficult hours. “It was the type of assignment that even younger candidates have turned down or simply quit,” she said. “But Michael never complained and the employer was impressed.” She sent him on a few more challenging short-term assignments with the same results.
When Re-Source Industries called GoodTemps several months later to help them fill an opening, Lori sent them Michael. Re-Source is a CNC (computer numerical control) machining, production assembly, and welding company that boasts over 30 CNC machines. The jobs and processes are quite complex and require a lot of skill and training. Lori knew Michael was a motivated and consistent hard worker. After several months working as a temp, he was hired in as a regular full-time CNC operator.
Michael is now trained on seven of the machines. “I’m always trying to learn and perfect,” he said. “I always like to top myself in my production rate.”
“He is fabulous; I’d love a dozen more Michaels out there,” Re-Source Industries Human Resources Director Laura Mousseau said. “He rides his bike to work both ways, is always early, and never absent. He does not complain, and has been wonderful about wanting to learn new jobs.”
“I like providing for my family,” Michael said. “It motivates me to get out and do my job.”
- Laura Mousseau, Human Resources Director
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