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The Job Post Moves into New Office, Provides Easier Access, Free Parking for Job Seekers

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The Job Post, a full-service hiring firm, has moved into a new office at 401 Hall St. SW #425 to offer more convenient access to both job seekers and companies looking to hire them.
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About Guiding Light 

Founded in 1929 as the West Fulton St. Mission, Guiding Light has grown into a robust recovery and re-engagement community designed to help those living at society’s margins fulfill their God-given potential. The nonprofit has been building on a near century of compassion and celebrated 90 years of serving Grand Rapids in 2019. Through its Back to Work, Recovery and Iron House programs, Guiding Light works with men struggling with addiction and homelessness to return to society. Since 2017, Guiding Light has earned a Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, which underscores our commitment to accountability and transparency. For more information, visit guidinglightworks.org.

About The Job Post

The Job Post is a full-service hiring firm, the only one of its kind in the city of Grand Rapids. It is a social enterprise embedded within Guiding Light, meaning all profits earned go directly back in to the mission to support its programs. The Job Post specializes in part-time and full-time employment placements, direct hire and project hiring services for job-seekers. They provide comprehensive identification and background checks including thoroughly investigated work histories, references and drug testing. Employees placed through The Job Post are also provided with resources like transportation or other prerequisite necessities, such as boots or uniforms. Each employee placed through The Job Post is held accountable to high standards and 90 percent of current hires are men and women within Kent County. For more information, visit jobpoststaffing.org

The Job Post, a full-service hiring firm and social enterprise of Guiding Light, has moved into a new office in Grand Rapids at 401 Hall St. SW.

The new office offers easier and more convenient access to both job seekers and companies looking to hire them. Located just south of downtown Grand Rapids with access to US 131 and near I-196, the new office also has plentiful free parking.

Since its inception, The Job Post has operated from space in Guiding Light’s building at 255 S. Division Ave. in downtown Grand Rapids. However, since COVID-19 arrived, strict visitor restrictions have been in place to keep the men in Guiding Light’s programs safe and healthy while in a communal living environment. 

In adapting to these safety measures, The Job Post, which is open to all companies and job seekers in West Michigan, shifted to virtual operations. But now with a new separate office, recruiters can once again see candidates and clients in person by appointment when needed. 

“Like many companies, our operations came to halt during the onset of the pandemic, but we’re thankful to have had a quick bounce back as the local economy started to reopen,” said Stephanie McKinnon, director of operations for The Job Post. “With current unemployment levels and high demand in many industries, this is a critical time for us to connect West Michigan applicants with companies in need.”

The Job Post’s 800-square-foot suite includes three desk spaces for recruiters and applicants to meet and complete paperwork, as well as a separate conference room for larger meetings with clients. The space features an urban, industrial feel with lots of natural light, exposed ceilings and hardwood floors. 

For everyone’s safety during this time, visits to the office, located on the fourth floor in suite 425, are by appointment only. Upon entry into the office, each person must wash their hands, have their temperature checked and complete a confidential health screening. Face coverings are required and at least 6 feet of distance must be maintained whenever possible in the building.

“Our new office offers a comfortable and inviting space for safely meeting with applicants and clients,” McKinnon said. “It enables us to keep the momentum we’ve regained and increase the funds we’re able to provide back to Guiding Light to support its programs. 

“We’re looking forward to only growing from here to support Guiding Light, job seekers and employers during this time of recovery.” 

As a social enterprise of Guiding Light, The Job Post operates on a model similar to other staffing agencies. All revenues generated from its placement work are returned to Guiding Light to support the nonprofit’s Back to Work and Recovery programs.  

Funds from this social enterprise benefit the individuals who utilize the organization’s programs and furthers Guiding Light’s mission to provide recovery and re-engagement for those living at society’s margins. 

Candidates who utilize The Job Post have a solid chance at immediate full-time work. More than 2,900 individuals have been placed in full-time jobs since its inception.

Those who are selected to fill positions then operate on a temporary employment basis for 90 days with the opportunity for full-time, permanent work and the eligibility for benefits, health insurance and a 401(k) at the end of the 90-day period.

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