Need a job? Kansas City employers want you

Posted at 3:57 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 18:31:20-04

They may have grab bags galore, but these attendees aren't here for the swag. They're here for the jobs.

Dallas Webb just retired from the military last  year. Now 's looking for civilian work.

NEED A JOB: Another job fair event open on Wednesday - scroll down for details

"Don't think that something is for you or is not for you," she explained. "I visited every booth here today because I am not entirely sure where I will go next. Maybe FedEx, or Sprint, or the National Guard is not where I will go next but I still want to talk to them that way I am not discounting anything."

That's the advice many of the two dozen or so employers offered at Tuesday's National Career Fairs in Overland Park. While the companies were different, what they looked for was similar.

"Basic leadership skills, one thing we are on is working as a team," said Specialist Delaney Hirst with the National Guard. "The National Guard is one weekend a month, two weeks in the summer and for someone who doesn't think that full time military is for them, this is a way for them to serve their country but still pursue their civilian goals."

On the topic of a civilian lifestyle, Theresa Reece, an Allstate Insurance Company field sales leader, said her company is looking for someone with similar traits.

"Someone who is enthusiastic, and who presents well, comes prepared with a resume, asks good questions," she explained. "We hope to find folks who are interested in starting their own business and moving forward with our company."

The Labor Department reported earlier this month that the U.S. added 287,000 new jobs last month -- the most in any single month since the start of the year. That's a massive rebound from May when the U.S. added just 11,000 jobs. 


Credit: Bureau of Labor Statistics


In all, this job fair had a few hundred jobs up for grabs - good news for the 4.5% or so of Kansans and Missourians who remain unemployed.

So what are the most in-demand jobs in Missouri? Check out the Missouri Labor Market page.
And what about Kansas? Just how many jobs are out there and which counties are best for seeking employment. Read all about Kansas' Labor Info.
Another job fair event is open Wednesday, July 27 at the Overland Park Convention Center. It takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Organizers tell 41 Action News 75 employers are looking to fill 1,000 positions.
Some employers in attendance are:
  • Saint Luke's Health System
  • Focus Industrial
  • Qdoba
  • Jack in the Box
  • The VA Medical Center
  • Time Warner
  • Blue Valley School District
  • The Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Nebraska Furniture Mart
  • C&C Produce
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Hollywood Casino 


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