Workplace

Area minorities have a new job board

Updated: 2013-09-11T03:30:56Z

By DIANE STAFFORD

The Kansas City Star

Gwen Grant, president of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, had a problem with existing national job boards. They didn’t seem to be helping her clients.

“My dream is to provide a better match between minority job seekers and employers,” Grant said.

That dream takes shape at UPostUMatch.com, the Urban League’s new job posting service.

The site will be demonstrated Thursday to Kansas City area employers, human resource officials and other Urban League supporters. It’s designed to be a service where hirers can, for $75 per job posting, advertise openings, particularly to minority applicants.

Applicants also are invited to bring their mobile devices to the event, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Union Station, to receive help posting their resumes to the site. Resume posting is free to applicants.

“Part of our mission is to encourage diversity in the workplace,” Grant said, noting that about 98 percent of the Urban League’s clients are African-American but that all minorities are welcome to use the agency’s services.

The Urban League will use social media to promote the job board, Grant said, and eventually the service might include career-focused webinars. The ultimate goal is to have a national network of Urban League organizations to expand the qualified minority applicant pool and job opportunities.

The launch event is sponsored by Time Warner Cable, which will provide on-the-spot assistance to help applicants post resumes.

In the longer term, Grant said, she hopes the job site will become a revenue generator for the Urban League through the fees paid by employers who post job openings.

To reach Diane Stafford, call 816-234-4359 or send email to stafford@kcstar.com.

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