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Job Search/Networking Events week of October 18 in Kansas City

To help provide as much information as possible for job seekers in the Kansas City area, we will attempt to list out networking events, classes, seminars, etc. on this blog. Below are the events/meetings for the week of October 18:

Tuesday, October 19:

The Job Radio Show

Tune in to KCXL 1140AM or 102.9 FM in Kansas City

Time: 10:00-11:00 am

This week’s guest: Cherie Simmons

Cherie Simmons has over 15 years of industry experience working in education, life coaching, training, and curriculum development, and she delivers results.

Companies have turned to Cherie to determine company-wide curriculums, individualized coaching, and specialized classes.  Individuals come to Cherie for coaching because Cherie is known for getting to the heart of the matter, and making sure the focus is on what matters.  Her intuitive skill, empathy, and directness make for sessions that lead to light bulb moments and powerful movement in people’s lives, both personal and professional.

Honored as “Trainer of the Year” for a national seminar company and sought out to coach other coaches and train other trainers, Cherie is a recognized top player in her field.

Listen to Podcast


Wednesday, October 20:

Transitioning Professionals of Kansas City Metro Weekly Meeting

Who We Are: For professionals in an employment transition, using the job search techniques from the facilitators’ book: “A Road Map To Re-Employment – 12 Steps To A Successful Career Transition”

Devry University
LeValley Conference Room
11224 Holmes Road
Kansas City, Mo
Google Map

Parking Instructions:

Park anywhere around the building.  If you enter the front doors (that face Holmes), turn right and go all the way down to the end of the hall.  The room is on the right.  The room is typically cool – bring a jacket.  Seating is limited to the first 25 people.

Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Dress Attire: Business Casual

Topic: Understanding LinkedIn at an Elementary Level

Meeting Agenda:

Pre-Meeting Networking
Roundtable Discussion (45 Minutes)
Employment Workshop (45 Minutes)
Accountability Reporting (30 Minutes)

Meeting Info


New Landings Weekly Meeting

Who We Are: Organization dedicated to the economic recovery of America’s middle class. New Landings empowers individuals to create and engage in meaningful work by providing resources and new avenues to showcase their skills. We provide a holistic approach to job recovery by stabilizing, energizing and mobilizing our members to condense the transition time to economic growth.

Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church
9300 Nall Avenue
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Dress Attire: Business Casual

Topic: How to Use LinkedIn for Your Job Search (3 key objectives)

Creating a good, credible profile

  • Setting up an effective summary
  • Using keywords to grab attention from recruiters/companies
  • Ensuring your profile is 100% complete
  • Getting recommendations

Building your network of connections

  • Network hierarchy decoded (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
  • How to write an effective introduction message
  • How to build your visibility
  • Importance of following companies

Getting involved with Groups

  • Taking advantage of Job boards
  • Answering questions to gain credibility
  • Connecting with members to help one another

Speaker Bios:

1.     With over 8 years of web design and online marketing experience, Mark Van Baale has played an integral part in non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies. He is the Founder of the Kansas City Social Media Group that meets monthly with small business owners / professionals who are learning how to use social media to improve their business. Additionally, he was a co-chairman for two Kansas City Twestivals, a Twitter-related event where people met off-line to raise donations for national and local charities. He recently launched a “Job Seekers View” blog to provide job search information and resources to help those in the job search process.   Mark is an avid connector with a passion for helping people learns how to use social media tools to interact with others and increase their business. He is currently active in volunteering with New Landings to help provide social media training to its members and working with a team to increase awareness of what New Landings offers to the Kansas City community for job seekers.  He is currently in the search for a social media/marketing manager role that would enable him to use his extensive background and experience to provide solutions for a small to mid-size company.

2.     Doug Richards worked at Sprint as an educational consultant which later morphed into the title of Multimedia Developer.  After Sprint, Doug worked on a multitude of projects; consulting start-ups, selling for companies, managing for some and training sales people for a few hundred. He also stayed very active in the Kansas City community serving on SITAKS/KTEC committees and the Microsoft Board of Directors (KC).  Keeping an eye on internet trending, he started seeing the beginnings of social media, social networking and social computing. And then… it exploded. As a sales person, Doug realized that there were ways to leverage these tools to immediately impact productivity and ultimately the bottom line of any business.

Event Info


Crossroads Career Network Meeting

Woods Chapel United Methodist Church
4725 NE Lakewood Way
Lees Summit, MO
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Time: 6:30-7:30 pm in Room 301

Topic: Brand YOU!

What is your brand? What makes you memorable? How do others perceive you? Like it or not, you have a brand. Have you identified it yet? Are you letting those around you drive your brand?

Your personal brand is more important than soft drinks, running shoes or hamburgers. In this seminar you will learn the secrets of branding yourself and making your brand work for you.

LinkedIn Event Info


Thursday, October 21:

Olathe Chamber Coffee meeting (open to job seekers to attend for free)

Location this week:
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.
13505 South Mur-Len Road, Suite 107
Olathe, KS
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Time: 9:00 am

Opportunity to mingle with Olathe area business owners and network to your next job!


Friday, October 22:

Baker University Career Expo and Networking Event

Baker University
7301 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The career expo will include opportunities to interview with Kansas City companies and attend workshops for interviewing, resume writing and social networking. The day will include morning and afternoon networking sessions, allowing for face-to-face meetings with other area professionals.

Career Fair Info

To register for the event, go to by Oct. 21. There is no fee for registration.

For more information e-mail or call 913.491.4432.


2.0 for the Job Seeker

Centriq Training Campus
8700 State Line Road
2nd Floor
Leawood, KS
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Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

No matter what your profession, social media will make an immediate positive impact on your job search by reducing the amount of time wasted playing a game whose rules no longer apply. Take this free class taught by Doug Richards to learn more about how to use social media in your job search. Space is limited to 50 attendees.

Registration for Class


All Week:

Kansas City Area Job Clubs meeting at various times/locations all week.

KC Metro Area Job Club Listings



One thought on “Job Search/Networking Events week of October 18 in Kansas City

  1. Thanks very much, Mark!

    Posted by Pam Spencer | October 20, 2010, 8:46 pm

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