The Greater Kansas City area is a good place to work, especially considering the cost of living. If you are looking for a part-time job or seasonal work, there is a plethora of opportunities available. It is easier to search for jobs online if you know where to go. Further, the Missouri state and local agencies can be a real benefit in your job search.
Snagajob.com is deemed the #1 source for hourly and part-time employment. The job listings for Kansas City are appreciable. It is free for job seekers, with services such as: resume creation, apply online and new job postings can be delivered to your e-mail. It is generally entry level work, such as part-time or seasonal jobs in the retail and service industry. These include many well-known companies in Kansas City such as: Home Depot, Target, Wendy’s, FedEx, Bed Bath & Beyond, Jiffy Lube, Rite-Aid, and Michaels, with many others to choose from.
Indeed.com has the largest and most relevant full and part-time job databases on the Internet (includes HotJobs, Monster and CareerBuilder) and is one of the easiest to search. Plus you don’t have to put up with annoying pop-ups as with some job search sites. The other Web sites are useful if you want to post a resume, but for fast, accurate Kansas City job searches you can’t beat this job search Web site.
Local Offline and Online Job Searching
Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation is the place to go for free retraining, to those who qualify, to re-enter the Kansas City job market. It is also a good place to go for quality full and part-time jobs in the Kansas City area. There are computers on the premises and many full and part-time job listings that are not included in other major job databases. Their online database is named GreatHires.org and provides both full and part-time job listings in most any field, from entry to professional level. There are several locations in the Greater Kansas City area.
Kansas City Employment Guide – Both a weekly publication and an online database, the Employment Guide is a popular resource for full and part-time jobs in the Greater Kansas City area. It is also a good way to keep on top of job fairs. The online database is not as comprehensive as the print publication and seems to lack as many quality leads. Yet, it is worth a look for many Kansas City job hunters.
Kansas City’s Best Employers
The following are some of the more popular companies providing part-time jobs and seasonal work in Kansas City.
QuikTrip is a household name in Kansas City, the premiere gas and convenience store in the region. Employee owned, they have a reputation of treating their full and part-time employees right. If you need benefits, such as college tuition help, it is a part-time job opportunity well worth considering. Available jobs can be found online.
Worlds of Fun – The premiere amusement park has many jobs that appeal to high-school and college students as well as teachers who are looking for summer employment. There are both entry-level customer service jobs and mid-level professional positions, such as in finance and management. The park is open from April until November, and it is best to apply early.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – The Kansas City IRS sports a new complex employing 6000 individuals. The IRS offers many seasonal and part-time jobs during the tax season and throughout the year. The entry level positions require individuals to be at least 18 years of age and to pass a written test. You can find out which jobs are available in Kansas City by calling (816) 823-TEST (8378) Or by going to www.jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov
Banks – Bank of America and UMB bank are leading employers in the Kansas City area with consistent part-time job offerings. You can search these job opportunities at their main Web sites or find their job postings throughout primary job databases.
Casinos – Kansas City is bursting with adult gaming entertainment. Harrah’s, Ameristar and Argosy frequently offer part-time jobs in the hotel and gaming service industry with some technical positions as well. These casinos have job postings on their respective Web sites and frequently advertise in major job databases.
Crown Center – Located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, Crown Center is often called, “a city within a city”. It surrounds the worldwide headquarters of Hallmark Cards, Inc. With three levels of shopping and dinning, two residential facilities and several businesses, there is a wide variety of job opportunities, including both seasonal work and part-time jobs.
Independence Center – With the closing of the Blue Ridge Mall and the mass expansion in the retail and service industry in the area, there are plenty of job opportunities in Independence. You may see the jobs listed in the classifieds, but the better jobs go fast. Pounding the payment is sometimes a better option.
Starbucks – Carries its reputation in Kansas City for good benefits for part-time workers. There are several locations and they hire regularly. Find a Starbucks near you, and job opportunities, at Starbucks.com
Walgreens – The expansion of Walgreens, and its industry, provides for many jobs in the Kansas City area. The national pharmacy chain is noted for catering to seniors in the job market and providing flexible part-time hours.