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Job Fest 2017 helps nearly 1,000 career seekers

Nearly 1,000 career seekers connected with 60+ exhibits at Job Fest 2017. Held January 31st at the Joplin Convention & Trade Center, Job Fest remains the Four-States’ largest hiring and resource fair.  The WIB appreciates the sponsorships of leading employers that make Job Fest possible. CFI is this year’s Platinum Sponsor, with Teleperformance at the Gold Level. Silver Sponsors include Owens Corning and Indigo Sky Casino.

People at a job fair talking to employers

For the listing of this year’s exhibiting employers and services, visit the Job Seeker page at For a recap of Job Fest, visit any of these news media links below.

The Job Genie hosted the 2nd annual Job Fest: The Workshop at the Missouri Job Center, 8th & Wall, Joplin.  Job seekers found out what it takes to succeed from local participating Employers. Full video of the workshop is provided below.

Job Fest THE WORKSHOP 2017 hosted by The Job Genie (Troy Roland) from WIB on Vimeo.

Happy Exhibitors and Attendees

Pie charts indicating the Employment Sector Interest of Job Seeker Attendees and Employer Satisfaction Volume of Job SeekersThe WIB collects extensive data on customer satisfaction for Job Fest, for both employer and job seeker customers.  Job seekers consistently rank the event as helpful with 91% of seekers reporting helpfulness.  Just under half of the attendees are currently employed with 14% working part time and 32% working full time.  Nearly a quarter of seekers aim for manufacturing as their career sector interest with remaining sectors noted above.

Employers were overall pleased as well with 97% rating the event either good or excellent.  Even with job seeker volume down somewhat due to tightening of the labor market, employers remain satisfied with the volume of seeker attendees as noted in the chart above.  Exhibiting employers also gave high marks to the quality of job seekers with 92% reporting either good, very good, or excellent ratings.  Additional survey results are available as a PDF online.


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

wfz-cover-fall-2016The 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.

Save the Date and Register for Job Fest 2017

job fest 2017 logoRegistration is now open for the 2017 Job Fest. The region’s largest hiring and resource event happens January 31st at the Joplin Convention Center, located near Range Line and Interstate 44.

Register Now Online

Sponsorship recruitment is underway with CFI confirmed as 2017’s platinum sponsor. Teleperformance is a gold level sponsor along with Owens-Corning as a silver sponsor. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Tom “Bubba” Evansco at the WIB, 417-206-1717 or by email.

More than 60 employers and exhibitors took part in last year’s Job Fest. Job Fest organizers implemented more research tools that provided insights on the success of the event.  Over 95% of attendees said Job Fest was helpful.  Greater than 35% of participants are currently employed either full or part-time, confirming the degree of under-employment throughout the region.  Employers rated JobFest as 90% good to excellent.  More than 70% of exhibitors gave high ratings with the volume of attendees.


New trends on staying competitive in the labor market

Labor Study Crystal BallLabor 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. Read More→

Job Center assists those laid off from Eagle Picher

More than 80 workers laid off recently by Eagle Picher received comprehensive career services at a special event held earlier today at the Joplin Job Center. The Employment Transition Team comprised of partner agencies with the WIB and the Job Center presented a wide array of services to help the laid off workers get back on track. In addition to introducing Job Center services, such as job search assistance and preparation, the meeting connected the affected workers with Missouri’s Unemployment Insurance system to begin the claims filing process. More information on upcoming hiring events may be found on the Joplin Job Center’s Facebook page. Other services are described online at

Links to Regional Media Coverage on Eagle Picher Layoff

WorkforceZone 7/16: High Octane Solutions

Workforce Zone July 2016The region’s voice for Workforce Development, WorkforceZone, released its second quarter recap issue with the theme Workforce Strategies Seek High Octane Solutions. The 17-page journal is downloadable as a printer and tablet-friendly PDF. WorkforceZone archives its articles online as well.

Drive-Through Job Fest boosts applicant pool

drive through jobfest graphicWith the ever-tightening labor market, all new and innovative methods are on the table for employers to reach potential job candidates. More than a dozen employers expanded their reach with 500 participants for the third year for Drive-Through Job Fest.  Held May 24-26, locations included Anderson, Cassville, Joplin, Lamar, Monett, and Neosho.  The WIB extends special thanks to Indigo Sky Casino as the exclusive sponsor for 2016.  Save the date for the 2017 Job Fest, set for January 31st.  Visit for more info about both events.

Workshop helps employers integrate veterans

American flag with business people shaking handsThe Joplin Job Center hosted a workshop geared to employers to empower their role in recruiting and integrating veterans into the local workforce. Held Wednesday, the program covered issues relating to veterans entering or returning to the civilian workplace. By focusing on the transition process employers will reduce the cost of turnover and lost productivity. The full video of the workshop is available below and online.

Yancy Caruthers, military author for the book Northwest of Eden, moderated the workshop. Panelists included Joshua Landers, a veteran advocate for XPO Logistics; Trish Crane, HR and safety manager for Talbot Industries; and Eddie Hukill, a retired/transitioning veteran and former Missouri National Guard recruiter. For information of services available to vets and employers of vets, contact Adrian Hopper by email to, or call 417.625.2767.

Summit connects agencies serving millennials

Howie NextGen Summit speaker and audienceThe first-ever NextGen Opportunity Summit held Tuesday in Joplin connected dozens of agency stakeholders that serve youth and young adults. Attendees united around three common goals for the summit to reach and engage young adults in ways that matter, increase knowledge of tools and resources available, and identify strategies and techniques agencies could join together. The summit is an important feature for implementation of youth/young adult strategies across the Four-State Region for the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act.

Summit Recap

The summit launched with a welcome message by Brad Baker from U.S. Bank and chairman for the Workforce Innovation Board along with a call to action opening from Marv Pichla of Inspiring Innovations, Inc. The first two panel presenters helped the audience see the potential of micro-enterprise initiatives as a workforce strategy for millennials. Janet Miller from Cherokee County (KS) Economic Development highlighted the success of youth entrepreneurship competitions and the impact of youth considering small business development as a career pathway. Mike Fohner of Youth Strategies in Springdale, AR provided an overview of social enterprises in three different ventures and the effectiveness of wrap-around services for youth at work in the ventures at Youth Strategies.

For the employer panel, Phyllis Craig from the Independent Living Center shared her positive experience with employing youth. Corin Berryhill from the Carpenters Apprenticeship showcased the powerful outcomes of work-based learning and the ongoing strong outlook for the commercial construction sector. The summit debuted a new testimonial video on the success of youth internships in the Monett area.

Following a brief update on the SectorReady initiative by Jasen Jones, Eddie Stephens of Crowder College and Mark Turnbull from the Joplin Regional Partnership provided creative career strategies for pathways and credentialing. Eddie covered the evolution of short-term, non-credit programs at Crowder, a successful employer-sponsored apprenticeship at Branco Construction, and the necessity for education at all levels to implement competency-based, employer-driven outcomes. Mark’s presentation continued the theme of competency-based training with lessons learned at Labette Community College along with the new campaign underway through the partnership.

As summit attendees enjoyed fellowship over lunch, Howard Nunnelly from New Life Radio 105.3 and Impact Life Church gave an energetic keynote presentation on reaching and changing the lives of millennials. The final hour of the summit provided three tabletop breakouts to generate ideas around the categories of creative partnerships, community service opportunities, and youth entrepreneurship.

Summit Resources

WorkforceZone: Overcoming Challenges Through Innovation

Workforce Zone Winter 2016 CoverWorkforceZone is the region’s voice for workforce development progress and impact. Overcoming Workforce Challenges Through Innovation is the theme for the winter edition. Download the PDF edition, optimized for tablets and printers, or check out these WorkforceZone features online.