(Dallas County, Mo.--02/07/18) A new initiative in Dallas County is focusing on connecting residents to job opportunities.
For many people like Cynthia Hines, a good paying hob is just one step on the journey to financial stability.
"The jobs are limited and coming from Kansas City the pay is much less than what I received in the city," explains Hines.
That's why a unique initiative called One Stop Pop Up Shop concept that started in Springfield connecting almost 40 job seekers with employment is being expanded to Dallas County.
"It’s extremely vital. Knowing where to look is one of your first steps. I’ve gotten a lot of word of mouth but at the same time knowing how to get on the computer, knowing where to look is probably going to be the key for me getting the job."
TJ Panique, Workforce Development Specialist with the Missouri Job Centersays the initiative is aiming to tackle the full spectrum of work and life needs.
"The transportation of getting from a rural areas to Springfield may not be feasible for some so why not bring our resources to the rural areas to show them hey there are jobs out here, here’s what we can do to help you, " adds Panique.
Organizers say a major focus of the One Stop Pop Up is to help remove the barriers that are keeping so many people from getting a job opportunity.
"Trying to show them out with the frustrations of today’s online world of applications and resumes and showing them the do’s and don’ts of how to submit an application and resume."
Panique says linking employment is vital to helping people become financially stable.
"It’s a whole new ballgame today with today’s technology so making sure that we educate those that may not be aware of what computer’s are doing to applications and resumes."
Representatives from the Ozarks Region Missouri Job Center will be at Heart to Heart Outreach Ministries, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 7 and 8 to help job seekers with resources, information, and potential job openings in the area.