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Resources For Employment

Kansas City Employment Organizations

Preparing for your future career involves some sort of education or training. A good place to get started to plan your career is through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Career One Stop Shop. This is a national database of all organizations helping adults receive employment, training, certification, etc.

Career Toolkit

Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center and Training Center (KC, MO)

Excelsior Springs Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people, ages 16 through 24, improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.  Contact: (816) 629-3111

Workforce Partnership

Workforce Partnership is committed to building a workforce development system that meets the needs of both job seekers and employers throughout the Kansas City area. We have a network of career centers in Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte counties offering professional expertise to employers and job seekers.

Job Search Tip: Develop a brief intro about yourself and your experience. That way, when they say, ‘Tell me about yourselfwhy should I hire you?’ you have a memorized statement about why you’d be good on the job.

Full Employment Council

The Full Employment Council  (FEC), Inc. is a one-stop destination for job seekers and employers in the Greater Kansas City area.

Contact your local FEC or Submit a Question

Hire KC Youth:

Hire KC Youth is a citywide initiative dedicated to unlocking opportunity and connecting youth to future careers in Kansas City.  The mission of Hire KC Youth is to improve the social and economic outcomes of the region’s youth by attracting, aligning, and investing resources in coordinated, next-generation youth workforce programs.

SHIFT– (Employer and Employee Disability Inclusion):

SHIFT simplifies disability inclusion. We connect businesses and job seekers with everything needed in one easy-to-use place, including valuable coaching at every step. Created by the Greater Kansas City Business Leadership Network, SHIFT is changing the face of disability inclusion.

H&R Block Business & Career Center

Find financial and job resources at the Library through the H&R Block Business and  Career Center has dedicated staff and resources to provide employment, financial, business and non-profit services.

  • Job search online tools for finding employment
  • Job Now guides you through the necessary tasks to get a job, including acing the interview, building a résumé, and personality & career assessments.
  • Learning Express offers practice tests for standardized tests, such as the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and Law School Admission Test (LSAT), civil service exams, the U.S. citizenship test, and occupational licenses, including practice tests for nurses and paramedics.
  • Free classes, résumé creation, Internet and software basics, and job search strategies. Call 816.701.3717 to set up an appointment for a personal consultation with a business librarian to discuss your business, career, or financial concerns.

Find financial and job resources at the Library through the H&R Block Business and  Career Center has dedicated staff and resources to provide employment, financial, business and non-profit services.

  • Job search online tools for finding employment
  • Job Now guides you through the necessary tasks to get a job, including acing the interview, building a résumé, and personality & career assessments.
  • Learning Express offers practice tests for standardized tests, such as the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and Law School Admission Test (LSAT), civil service exams, the U.S. citizenship test, and occupational licenses, including practice tests for nurses and paramedics.
  • Free classes, résumé creation, Internet and software basics, and job search strategies. Call 816.701.3717 to set up an appointment for a personal consultation with a business librarian to discuss your business, career, or financial concerns.

Women’s Employment Network

The Women’s Employment Network helps women earn a brighter future for themselves, families and our community.

WEN services include:

  • Licensed case management and community referrals
  • Career exploration
  • Job-search assistance
  • Ongoing support for program graduates
  • Financial coaching and training

WEN is a part of the LISC Financial Opportunity Center Network that is improving lives across the country. To learn more, click here.  Email WEN or Call(816) 822-8083

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Bishop Sullivan Center has 3 locations (Truman, Troost, KCK) for job search. We assist with resume building, on-line applications, and barrier removal.

Contact: (816) 561-8515

Email: Shilo Foster

AVID – 972-591-2550 – Simply, AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

Cristo Rey Network – 816-457-6044 – As the largest network of high schools in the United States whose enrollment is limited to low-income youth, the Cristo Rey Network delivers a distinctive approach to inner-city education that equips students with the knowledge, character, and skills to transform their lives. From freshman year, Cristo Rey schools establish a culture of high-expectations by blending rigorous academics, four years of professional work experience, Catholic moral values, and support for students to and through college.

GearUP – 913-432-0435 – The GEAR UP program is a federally funded program (U.S.D.E) designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

Job Corps – 816-921-3366 – Job Corps’ mission is to help young people ages 16 through 24 (soon to have an age cap of 28) improve the quality and satisfaction of their lives through vocational and academic training.

National Math and Science Initiative – 214-346-1200 – NMSI’s College Readiness Program is a comprehensive approach that increases teacher effectiveness and student achievement in rigorous math and science courses through training, teacher and student support, vertical teaming, open enrollment, and incentives.

Teen Life – Access resources to assist with college admissions and prep, gap year programs, community service, tutoring and test prep

Career Exploring – Engage in mentorships and career and life-enhancing opportunities

KU Talent Search – 913-342-9823 – KU TRIO Talent Search offers students and their families a number of services to help in the postsecondary decision making process.

PREP-KC – 816-931-7737 – PREP-KC is improving the education of Kansas City’s urban students by providing resources to prepare all students for college and careers.

Upward Bound-Avila University – 816-501-2400 – Upward Bound is a federally funded program that prepares its participants for college. It serves first generation and/or limited-income students. The Upward Bound (UB) program is designed to foster in its students the skills and motivation necessary for a successful high school career and smooth transition to college.

Green Works – Find job skill training, financial literacy and paid summer internships that prepare students for life after high school

20/20 Leadership – 816-520-0014 – The mission of 20/20 Leadership is to educate and expose students to community issues, teach leadership skills and build community-wide relationships, all of which encourages success in life. Ultimately 20/20 Leadership creates a stronger work force and a more involved community.

Urban Ranger Corps – Learn about a program that prepares inner-city male teens through work experience, service and leadership

Youth Ambassadors – Develop life and soft job skills through creative expression and academic success

Summer Job League – Find workforce placement opportunities for ages 16-24 to earn workplace skill certificates and to connect with area businesses

High Aspirations – Develop personal and life skills, available to African-American young men

Boys Grow – Learn about entrepreneurship in this program for inner-city boys ages 14-16

Do a Paycheck Checkup to see if you’re withholding the right amount of tax from your paychecks. Too little could mean an unexpected tax bill or penalty.

How to Use Withholding Calculator for Paycheck Checkup YouTube video

IRS Withholding Calculator

The IRS encourages everyone to use the Withholding Calculator to perform a quick “paycheck checkup.”  This is even more important following the recent changes to the tax law for 2018 and beyond.

The Calculator helps you identify your tax withholding to make sure you have the right amount of tax withheld from your paycheck at work.

There are several reasons to check your withholding:

  • Checking your withholding can help protect against having too little tax withheld and facing an unexpected tax bill or penalty at tax time next year.
  • At the same time, with the average refund topping $2,800, you may prefer to have less tax withheld up front and receive more in your paychecks.

If you are an employee, the Withholding Calculator helps you determine whether you need to give your employer a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. You can use your results from the Calculator to help fill out the form and adjust your income tax withholding.  If you receive pension income, you can use the results from the calculator to complete a Form W-4P and give it to your payer.

Plan Ahead: Tips For Using This Program

The Calculator will ask you to estimate values of your 2019 income, the number of children you will claim for the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit, and other items that will affect your 2019 taxes. This process will take a few minutes.

  • Gather your most recent pay stubs.
  • Have your most recent income tax return handy; a copy of your completed Form 1040 will help you estimate your 2019 income and other characteristics and speed the process.
  • Keep in mind that the Calculator’s results will only be as accurate as the information you provide.  If your circumstances change during the year, come back to this Calculator to make sure that your withholding is still correct.
  • The Withholding Calculator does not ask you to provide sensitive personally-identifiable information like your name, Social Security number, address or bank account numbers. The IRS does not save or record the information you enter on the Calculator.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This Withholding Calculator works for most taxpayers. People with more complex tax situations should use the instructions in Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax. This includes taxpayers who owe self-employment tax, alternative minimum tax, the tax on unearned income of dependents or certain other taxes, people with long-term capital gains or qualified dividends, and taxpayers who have taxable social security benefits.  (The calculator won’t determine the taxable portion of your social security benefits, but if you estimate the taxable amount (e.g., using the worksheet in the Form 1040 instructions), you can enter that into the calculator as other nonwage income so that the calculator can take it into account.).

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Withholding Calculator

To Change Your Withholding:

  • Use your results from this Calculator to help you complete a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, and
  • Submit the completed Form to your employer as soon as possible. Withholding takes place throughout the year, so it’s better to take this step as soon as possible.

Special Note for 2020:  If you follow the recommendations at the end of this Calculator and change your withholding for 2019, the IRS reminds you to be sure to recheck your withholding at the start of 2020. This is especially important if you reduce your withholding sometime during 2019. A mid-year withholding change in 2019 may have a different full-year impact in 2020. So if you do not file a new Form W-4 for 2020, your withholding might be higher or lower than you intend. To help protect against having too little withheld in 2020, we encourage checking your withholding again early in 2020.

If you have additional questions about your withholding, consult your employer or tax advisor.