Successful job seekers use a variety of search strategies including online applications in addition to referrals and networking. Check out the resources below to get started! Need a little help refining your search strategy? Ask us!
KANSAS CITY METRO AREA JOBS
- Jobs.MO.gov: The state of Missouri's main site for finding localized government jobs. Also recommended for reentrants, veterans, and job seekers with disabilities.
- Kansas Works: Live on the other side of the state line? Find jobs in Kansas from a variety of employers.
- KCJobs.com: Find jobs in the Kansas City area in customer service, warehouse, maintenance, manufacturing, and retail... plus many more.
- Nonprofit Connect: If you're looking for a career in nonprofit organizations in Kansas City, this is a good place to start.
LOCAL COMMUNITY JOB SEARCHING RESOURCES
- Full Employment Council: The FEC serves residents of Cass, Class, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri, offering employment help and career counseling for adult and young adults.
- Women's Employment Network: WEN works with women of all socioeconomic backgrounds who want to boost their employability. They offer one-on-one coaching, classes, and programs on everything from career preparation to resume development and interviewing skills. Financial coaching also available.
- Workforce Partnership: Serving residents in Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, WF helps people with career exploration and job searching.
- United Way 2-1-1: Acting as a referral service, 2-1-1 helps you connect with local Kansas City organizations that can help you with various needs, including employment, career training, financial assistance, etc. If you're more comfortable using the phone, you can dial 2-1-1 to be connected with a representative who can search that information for you.
LOCAL JOB FAIRS
Attending a job fair has many benefits. You can learn about employment opportunities, connect with recruiters at various companies, and some fairs even offer on-site hiring and applications. Not quite ready to apply? Career and job fairs can be great opportunities to learn about skills that employers are looking for as well as overall industry trends.
Tips for attending a job fair
What to wear: Whenever possible, wear business professional attire in neutral colors.
What to say: Prior to attending, research the organizations you want to speak with; information you might consider searching for includes the types of positions posted, background information on the organization and industry. Most of this can be found on organizations’ websites. You will also want to prepare an short introduction that includes your name, best skills, any relevant previous work experience, and why you are interested in working for the organization. After your introduction, you will be able to ask questions of the recruiter. Thoughtful questions that are based in the research on the organization will help you stand out!
What to bring: Bring updated copies of your resume, mints, a pen, paper, and questions for the recruiters. If you need help creating or updating your resume, check out our resume resources.
For more advice on attending a career fair, visit with the Career Resources specialist.
LOCAL & NATIONAL JOBS
- USAJobs: If you're looking for a career in federal government, this is the official employment site of the U.S. government. Besides applying for jobs, attend virtual events geared toward the prospective government job applicant (their hiring process is a bit differently than private employers), such as how to write an effective resume for a federal job position.
- Indeed.com: An easy-to-use Google-like search engine that helps you filter through the junk to find exactly what you're looking for.
- Glassdoor: Search for jobs, post your resume, and research potential employers. Get in the know and read reviews others have posted about employers, salaries, benefits, and interview questions they were asked.
- Careerbuilder: Post your resume, see what keywords employers are using when searching for candidates, and find opportunities that are a good fit for your qualifications.
- Idealist Careers: Want to make an impact on the world? Try searching for nonprofit careers here.
- ZipRecruiter: Another job search engine that aggregates jobs listings from across the U.S. One interesting feature: it allows you to search trending job titles, companies, and job types.
WHO DO YOU KNOW?
Networking is the name of the game when it comes to securing a job. Did you know 70-80% of jobs are not officially posted and come through personal referrals and contacts? Get in the know by expanding your who-you-know circle. Whether through a virtual network such as LinkedIn or taking an active role in a professional organization, these resources can get you started on the right path to scoring connections... and perhaps ultimately, a job.
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- Peruse this list of items in our catalog that you can check out. They may help you get over the networking hump (or slump)!
- Lynda.com: Watch high-quality instructional videos on career networking, setting up a LinkedIn profile, or any other aspect of job searching.
- Learning Express Library: If you need more help designing a professional online profile, check out the e-book "Social Networking for Career Success."
- UniversalClass: "Successfully Networking Your Career" and "Social Media 101" are 2 self-paced courses that focus on networking and social media management for building your professional network. Work through the tutorials and submit small assignments and quizzes to get feedback from the course facilitator.
Employment agencies contract with local companies to fill temporary roles for projects or other tasks. Sometimes these jobs can lead to permanent positions. It's worth checking out a temp agency to gain practical experience or just to put a little extra cash in your pocket while you look for a long-term job.
Search our AtoZ business directory to find local staffing agencies that can put you to work.
INTERNSHIPS & VOLUNTEERING
Interested in pursuing a new job but lack the required hands-on experience in your field? An internship or volunteering can be a stepping stone to a new career or job. Build up your work portfolio, gain new skills, and expand your network of professional contacts. If you are a college student, check out your university’s career center for more postings and guidance on applications.
- Lynda.com: Watch tutorials on how to land an internship and turn it into a potential permanent job.
- Internships.com: Find paid and unpaid internships in your field of interest.
- Indeed.com: Filter your search results to "Internship" (if available) under the Job Type field.
- Volunteermatch.com: Pursue your career passion while gaining real-life experience.
- Idealist.org: Find jobs, internships, volunteer work, and more.
FLEXIBLE JOBS: PART-TIME, CONTRACT, TEMPORARY, FREELANCE, & TELECOMMUTING JOBS
Need a flexible job or a side job that can accommodate your schedule?
- FlexJobs.com: Even though this requires a small monthly subscription fee to access, it may be worthwhile if you're trying to find flexible, professional-level jobs. Search for a telecommuting, temporary, part- or full-time, or contract job, anywhere in the United States, with reputable companies. Each job listing is carefully vetted by staff to make sure it is legit and FlexJobs is accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
- TaskRabbit: Register as a "tasker" and let the TaskRabbit community know what you're willing to help with—yardwork, small home projects, moving, cleaning, etc.—and at what price.
- Care.com: Are you the caregiver type? Whether it's taking care of children, pets, seniors, or other people's homes or responsibilities, you can find short-term jobs of those varieties here.
- Forbes.com: "Side gig opportunities: 27 businesses you can start for less than $1,000"
- USAToday: "81 Sites To Find Side Gigs To Earn More Money Now"