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Career Services


Empower Missouri Southern State University students and alumni to develop self-assessment and job-search competencies, to successfully link with employers, and to learn how to actively manage their own career development in a global job market.


Schedule an Appointment

Throughout this transition, MSSU Career Services is still here to serve your career exploration, job search, and resume writing needs.

Students and alumni can schedule an appointment with MSSU Career Services by following the link below to our online scheduling tool.

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We can help you choose a major or career path, develop your personal career goals, and prepare to market yourself. Hire a Lion showcases on and off campus jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities. We also assist in job and graduate school research and application. In addition to online career and major resources, print resources are available free-of-charge in the Career Services Office.


Career Services offers assistance free-of-charge to all MSSU Alumni. We will be happy to help you: research a career change, apply for a promotion, update your resume, or apply to graduate school.

  • The Hire a Lion job network showcases full-time and part-time job opportunities; follow the alumni link below the login information to create an account.
  • Prepare for the job market by updating your resume, cover letter, and reference page or complete a mock interview in SkillsFirst. Enter 9343 to create an account.
  • Research local salaries and career options with My Next Move.
  • Call 417-625-9343 to schedule a one-on-one appointment. Assistance is available in-person or via Skype Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.


We can help you find highly trained and reliable employees to fill your employment needs through Hire a Lion. Post full-time, part-time, internship, and volunteer opportunities, free of charge. We also offer a number of career fairs throughout the year, on campus interviewing, and networking opportunities. Follow the link for Employer Access to Hire a Lion.

Southern Leadership Academy

In 2017, the Super Leader Program became the Southern Leadership Academy. The Southern Leadership Academy is a joint effort between Missouri Southern State University and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network to identify, cultivate and motivate future community leaders currently enrolled in college. This informative and thought provoking program introduces participants to the community and career opportunities. In addition, Southern Leadership Academy provides a strategic curriculum to enhance participants' leadership skills. Anyone who has a genuine interest in community leadership and wants to broaden their scope of knowledge beyond their current level is encouraged to apply to the Southern Leadership Academy. Learn more and apply today!

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Alex Gandy

Director of Career Services

Masters of Science in Professional Studies - Emphasis in Organizational Communications from Missouri State University
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Emphasis in Marketing from Missouri State University
Bachelor of Science in Communications - Emphasis in Public Relations from Missouri State University

Areas of Expertise: Resume Writing, Job Search Strategies, International Students, Alumni, Internships, Employer Relations, Faculty and Class Partnerships

Contact the Department

Alex Gandy
Director of Career Services

Office: Hearnes Hall 308
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Phone: 417-625-9343

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