Get a Better Job

GET A BETTER JOB   The Missouri Job Center offers the tips you need to sell your skills to an employer. Your job search is backed with live and local customer service along with special events and tools to make your career move a success! Through the Job Centers in Joplin and Monett you’ll find…

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WorkforceZone Fall 2016: Expanding the Labor Market with Opportunities for All

The Fall edition of the WorkforceZone, the region’s quarterly journal for workforce development, features the theme of Expanding the Labor Market with Workforce Opportunities for All. The 16-page magazine-style format may be downloaded as a printer-friendly and tablet-friendly PDF. Check out individual articles online here at as well. Printer/Tablet-Friendly PDF (16 pages, 17mb) Making…

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Apprenticeships expand in Southwest Missouri

With apprenticeships on the rise across Southwest Missouri, there is much to celebrate for the second annual National Apprenticeship Week, November 14-20. Communities large and small recognized the important role Apprentices play in offering employers an opportunity to develop a highly skilled workforce to help grow their business and career seekers the chance to earn…

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WIB Inclusion Forum kicks off Disability Awareness Month

Service providers and employer partners came together to put on the first Inclusion Forum for Southwest Missouri celebrating Disability Employment Awareness Month for October.  About 60 employers, educators, and workforce and economic development professionals attended the event on Oct. 4 at the new Advanced Training and Technology Center in Joplin. The Joplin Globe newspaper praised…

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Fiber-Ready + Work-Ready = McDonald County

One of Missouri’s newest Certified Work Ready Communities also attained its Fiber-Ready designation. McDonald County business and community leaders celebrated the accomplishments in ceremonies held September 30th at the Crowder College campus in the Jane/Pineville area. “Today’s announcements serve as milestones in McDonald County’s strategic efforts to strengthen and grow its economy,” said Mike Downing, director…

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ACT Holistic Framework digs deeper on workplace success

Employers, educators, and workforce developers alike can all gain insights on ACT’s new Holistic Framework.  Fifty years of ACT research culminated in a powerful collection of the knowledge and skills to succeed at school and work alike. Four Domains of the Holistic Framework Core Academic Skills: knowledge and skills necessary to perform essential tasks in…

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New trends on staying competitive in the labor market

Labor Day week ushered in a series of workshops for local employers with the debut of a long-awaited labor supply certification study. During the one-hour sessions, employers gained new insights to boost competitiveness as an employer of choice, wage competitiveness, commute patterns, retention trends, and what motivates workers of all ages and types.