The H&R Block Business & Career Center, located on the 3rd floor of the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., is a dedicated service center for patrons doing research in:
Job Seeking and Career Development
Grant Research and Writing
The Kansas City Public Library is designated a “Cooperating Collection” of the Foundation Center, a grants-research organization based in New York. It is one of 380 Cooperating Collections across the country, providing access to essential research databases.
Business and Financial News
Youth financial literacy
The Center is a local focal point for lifelong financial literacy and entrepreneurship, starting with future business leaders—children and teens. Ask a librarian for book recommendations to teach young adults to manage money, understand the stock market, or how to start a small business. The Center also assists youths with career development and entrepreneurship.
Consultations, computers, and classes
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. Computers are available for Center patrons, and the Library provides free high-speed wireless Internet access.
The Library offers free classes, such as résumé creation, Internet and software basics, and job search strategies.
JobStar has links to more than 300 general and industry-specific Salary Surveys so you can figure out how much you can expect to get paid. One example is the Salary Guide for Technology Professionals from Robert Half Technology.
You can also get a free basic report (customized reports are available for a fee) for many job categories in major metro areas with the following:
The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program conducts a semiannual survey of businesses and produces nearly 800 employment and wage estimates for Missouri. For other states, consult the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates.
Then, you can calculate how much you should be making if you move to another geographical location, by using Sperling's BestPlaces' Cost of Living Calculator.
For those considering jobs in other countries, use SalaryExpert's International Cost of Living Calculator and read the International Cost Of Living Guides from the Expat Forum (about 20 countries covered). You can also consult the U.S. State Department's Office of Allowances, which provides Per Diem Rates for major cities around the world. Then, there's the highlights of the annual Mercer's Cost of Living Survey to consider.
See the links below for the resources mentioned above: