Career Solutions

Warning! This ain’t your granny’s unemployment office! The old unemployment regulatory system has long since gone to a call center separate of the workforce system. The American Job Center, on the other hand, is all about value-added services to job seekers to help them quickly know their skills, improve their skills, and get a better job than what they had before.

Customers begin with a basic skills assessment, followed by consultation with a workforce specialist on specific job opportunities and ways the Job Center can help. Services might include job counseling, workshops, tuition assistance, and much more. The WIB oversees Career Centers in Joplin, Monett, and Neosho. Online, job seekers can get resources locally at the job center websites as well as Missouri’s statewide job bank at jobs.mo.gov. Career services targeted to youth in need may be found at the VOICES Youth Program, also administered by the WIB.

The SectorReady™ framework strengthens the pipeline of job candidates through

  • Career pathways to expand recruitment and job advancement of students and transitioning adults
  • Entry level and intermediate credentials to certify high-demand skills
  • Innovative training with a high-impact, high-volume, and lower-cost approach

Visit SectorReady online to learn more about how SectorReady™ can help employers, educators, and community leaders to strengthen the region’s workforce and economic vitality.  Contact Jasen Jones or Frank Neely at the WIB for more info.

Jumpstarting Career Success in Southwest Missouri

Know your skills: Discovery is the first step. Learn what makes you tick job-wise to help steer you in the right direction. Get a quick picture of your skill level so you can prove your worth to an employer. Pinpoint what needs improvement to get ahead. Read more >

Improve your skills: Workshops, job training, online classes, the possibilities are limitless for you to improve your skills through the Missouri Career Center. Better skills can mean more options for the job that’s right for you. Read more >

Get a better job: The Missouri Career 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. Read more >

Targeted Services: Several services are targeted to specific populations, such as youth, those on layoff from a job, veterans, older workers, welfare recipients, ex-offenders, and many others. Read more >