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WIB expands research tools for economic development and sector impact

The noble calling of economic development work extends beyond the mere dollars and cents of business recruitment and expansion.  It’s about prospering communities and creating opportunities for the people of Southwest Missouri and the greater Four-States. The WIB upgraded its capacity with a new suite of tools through its partnership with Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.…

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Newton County Celebrates Work Ready Designation

Newton and Barry counties joined Jasper County as fully-certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC).  The Joplin Metro is now Missouri’s first MSA certified as work ready.   Remaining counties in the WIB and JRP areas are closing in on their goals, helping build work-ready regions and corridors.  CWRC and NCRC™ investments already are paying off with…

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Employers embrace Digital Badges for skill credentials

The unbundling of education and innovations in career pathways point toward a brighter future. The Institute for Credentialing Excellence provides an excellent of the emerging role for Digital Badges. This ICE Digest article covers the bases of opportunities, methods, challenges, and benefits. Fortune 500 employers confirmed their optimism in focus group research conducted by Professional Examination Service.…

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Job Search Tips: Cleaning up social media

Your application, résumé, and traditional background check aren’t the only things your potential employer may be considering during the hiring process. According to Jobvite’s 2014 Social Recruiting Survey, 93 percent of hiring managers review a job candidate’s social profile before making a hiring decision. By viewing social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as extensions of your résumé, you…

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WorkforceZone Winter 2015 Edition

It’s part annual report and part professional journal.  The Winter 2015 edition of WorkforceZone looks at recent impact and innovation along with emerging opportunities in workforce development for Southwest Missouri and the greater Four-States Area.  Check out the downloadable PDF online (18mb) for the following features. KOAM and KSN TV covered a legislative open house…

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Stay safe in your online job hunt

Protecting our customers during the job seeking process is a top priority. Please take a moment to read how you can assist us by better protecting yourself. Below are some helpful tips that can help protect you during the process, whether you’re searching at home, on a public network, or at our job center locations…