Careers
& Employment

Gesher helps people across metro Detroit find personal fulfillment and financial stability through meaningful employment.

Whether you’re just entering the job market or returning to it after a significant gap, have recently lost your job, or are simply looking to make a change, Gesher offers career development support in a variety of settings and formats to suit your individual needs and circumstances.

We’re here to help you make your career goals a reality through personalized career coaching, technical skills training, networking opportunities and job placement services. 

Waterford

Oakland County
Michigan Works!

Michigan Works! provides jobseekers the support, training, and services they need to get back to work, find new employment, obtain necessary credentials, and more. Our team also offers businesses customized recruitment solutions to help them source and train staff.

Collingwood

Detroit at Work

Detroit at Work provides information for jobseekers and employers on in-demand career pathways and training programs that are aligned to jobs in growing career sectors.

Career Counseling Services

Find the Right Career Fit

We will work with you to develop a personalized plan based on your individual goals, interests, skills, motivators, and unique work styles so you can make informed decisions about your future.

Career Counseling will help you to:

  • Identify long- and short-term career goals
  • Analyze your skills, interests, style, and values
  • Take individualized assessments (i.e., Myers-Briggs, Strong Interest Inventory, etc.)
  • Develop a plan to reach your goals
  • Make decisions based on market trends

We can meet in person or virtually.

Identify your skills, strengths, interests, abilities, personal style and values
Receive expert interpretation on assessments to help you identify the right roles
Clarify your career goals and develop a proactive plan to find the right position

Job Search Services

Launch Your New Career

Need help with your job search or exploring a new career? We can help you successfully find employment with expert job search support that helps you stand out in a crowd, perfect your resume, nail your interview, get hired, and advance your career. Our Certified Professional Resume Writers can help with:

  • Job Search Strategies
  • Resume Development
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • Using & Optimizing LinkedIn
  • Leveraging Your Network
  • Interview Preparation
  • Salary Negotiation

Schedule your appointment with a career expert today

Hermelin ORT Computer Training

Computer knowledge is vital in many jobs and careers. Let us help you learn the skills necessary for your next career opportunity, from computer basics, to office & computer essentials, to our drop-in computer labs.

Online classes also available.

For more information or to register for a class, contact Dave Rotter at [email protected] or (248) 233-4243.

Learn the basic computer fundamentals and skills you need for work, school, and life.
Essentials for job seekers looking to learn how to use programs like Microsoft Excel.
Visit our drop-in Southfield Computer Lab on Fridays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Women to Work

The Women to Work program is a free 4-week group program for women who have been out of the workforce and want assistance in returning. Women will receive:

  • Vocational Assessments
  • Networking Assistance
  • Resume Writing and Interviewing Support
  • Discussions on Stress Management
  • Financial Management and Budgeting Assistance

Additionally, our Springboard to Success program combines the Women to Work program with hands-on Microsoft Office computer training.

For more information, contact Judy Richmond at [email protected] or 248-233-4232.

JOIN Internship Program

College students build their professional network and strengthen their resume through an 8-week paid summer internship. The JOIN Internship Program offers valuable work experience, educational seminars, and learning opportunities centered around the Jewish community. Students will work alongside Jewish communal professionals in the following disciplines:

  • Nonprofit Business Administration
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Research and Program Planning
  • Human Resources
  • Community Outreach and Advocacy
  • Development and Fundraising

Openings are limited. Open to Jewish, full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are metro Detroit residents. For more information, contact Ashley Moser at [email protected] or (248) 233-4482.

New Experiences Internship Program

This program provides job seekers, 18 years and over, who have experienced long-term unemployment, underemployment, or a lack of marketable work skills, an opportunity to build their skills while participating in a paid internship. Interns are required to identify an employer that fits their skills and is open to hosting an intern.  For more information, contact Gerard Baltrusaitis at [email protected] or 248-233-4288.

Employment Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Gesher is committed to helping adults and youth with disabilities achieve long-term success and fulfillment by helping them identify their employment strengths, interests, and skills needed to find and maintain employment.

Individuals are offered the option to work or volunteer in their community with ongoing support from Gesher staff at every step of the process. 

We strive to help individuals with disabilities become independent and more fully integrated into their communities through our comprehensive array of employment services.

Supported Employment and Skill Building

We directly assist individuals with disabilities as they find and maintain a job that fits their skills, interests, and abilities through on-going job coaching and personalized support to help build their professional toolkit.

Oakland County
Ted Goewey
[email protected]
(248) 233-4334

Wayne County
Eugene Jones [email protected]
(313) 446-8023

Vocational Rehab

Through Gesher’s Vocational Rehabilitation services, adults and youth with disabilities interested in working independently benefit from customized employment, assessments, internships, workshops, and job placement and coaching services. This program is generally funded by Michigan Rehabilitation Services, the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, private insurance or self-pay.

Macomb & Oakland
Rene Dell, MA, LPC, NCC, CRC
[email protected]
(248) 233-4448

Wayne County
Danita Love-Carter, MA, CRC
[email protected]
(313) 446-8013

AbilityOne

AbilityOne Program is one of the largest sources of jobs for people who are blind or have significant disabilities. Participants can leverage AbilityOne-learned skills in public and private sector jobs and enjoy full participation in their community.

Ticket to Work

 In partnership with the Social Security Administration, the Ticket to Work program provides a path to employment for individuals receiving SSDI and/or SSI. The program is free, voluntary, and helps people with disabilities progress toward financial independence. For more information, contact Sherrie James at [email protected] or (248) 233-4472.

Hear From Your Neighbors

I am usually the one fighting for myself, but I actually had people that were in my corner rooting and fighting for me. I honestly don’t know how I could ever repay the generosity and financial relief that I received from Gesher.

KPC

Next Event

21June
Secrets to a Dynamic Resume
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Secrets to a Dynamic Resume

Life Skills & Education

Join this resume workshop to learn the secrets to writing a dynamic, compelling, and effective resume from a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

Date and Time: Friday, June 21 at 11:00 am – Virtual

Registration: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElf-murDoiGtZX6IzfPoG5n5aWPhN43otD

Upcoming Events

26June
Resume Writing Workshop
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Resume Writing Workshop

Life Skills & Education

Join Gesher Human Services for a free Resume Writing Workshop by Certified Professional Resume Writers. Gain valuable tips and tools to write a dynamic resume.

There will be an opportunity to sign up for free 1-on-1 resume assistance at the conclusion of the workshop.

Date and Time: June 26, 2024 at 9:30 am

Location: At Gesher Human Services – 29699 Southfield Rd, Southfield, MI 48076

Registration: https://jlive.app/events/7211

26June
Understanding Emotions While Transitioning from High School
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Understanding Emotions While Transitioning from High School

Life Skills & Education

Transitioning from high school can be a challenging time filled with heightened emotions. This presentation explores the emotional landscape of this significant milestone, offering insights, strategies, and tools to navigate it effectively.

Participants will learn to:

  • Validate the significance of this transition and identify common emotions and influencing factors
  • Develop healthy coping strategies
  • Practice communication skills for expressing emotions
  • Discover ways to build connections, friendships, and community while embracing change, ultimately building resilience and confidence for the journey ahead

Time and Date: June 26, 2024 10:00-11:00am

Location: Virtual

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-emotions-while-transitioning-from-high-school-tickets-919511763437

For more information, contact Annika Wilson at (248) 233-4344 or [email protected]

26June
Savvy Savers
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Savvy Savers

Life Skills & Education

Savvy Savers is a program that is designed to assist you with becoming a saver, or help you to get started with learning how to save and begin investing. Each monthly meeting will include topics related to improving your savings skills.

Date and Time: Join our Savings Support Group held month for one hour on Wednesdays, April 17, May 29 and June 26 at 12:00 pm.

Registration: To register for this free, virtual program: email [email protected] or call 248-233-4299.

26June
Shopping for the Home that Meets Your Needs: Home Ownership Week
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Shopping for the Home that Meets Your Needs: Home Ownership Week

Life Skills & Education

Shopping for the home that meets your needs will discuss how to shop for the perfect home, taxes based on property area, wants and needs, housing resources, grants and down payment assistance.

Date and Time: June 26th noon – 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

Registration: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkd–opzMuE9Sqs0GRIBGK6hMPcdZxtfpE

27June
The Basics of LinkedIn
10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Basics of LinkedIn

Life Skills & Education

Unlock the power of LinkedIn for your job search! This interactive workshop guides you through the platform basics, showing you how to optimize your profile and leverage its tools to land your dream job.

Date and Time: Thursday, June 27 at 10:00 am – Virtual

Registration: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvde2trToqHtYiC5IoxRpS17kT1PhIg0iF

Take the first step toward a more stable and fulfilling life