Networking Events

Job Search/Networking Events week of December 13

I apologize for the delay in this week’s posting for events, etc. Today, I took a day to do some writing on my personal blog about some things on my mind and how I want to focus my time in 2011. It was one of those days where writing thoughts out seemed to help. Especially since I am currently job searching myself and need breaks from the job search process to process life. I am sure you know what I mean. Anyway, here we go…

Below are the events/meetings for the week of December 13. As always, if you know about other career fairs, meetings or events that would benefit job seekers, please send a note to jobseekersview@gmail.com. Thank you.

Tuesday, December 14

The Job Radio Show

Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am

This week’s guest: Teresa Moravek from PerformancePointe, Inc

Topic: Unleashing Your Brand

Teresa explains how in today’s economy and crowded job market, it’s more important than ever to differentiate yourself.  Learning how to unleash and leverage your career brand is one way to stand out from other candidates vying for the same role.  Creating a unique position in the process can result in a more efficient and effective job search, and even serve as a key strategy moving forward in managing a career.

Listen live on 102.9 FM or 1140 AM.

The Job Radio Show website

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Linking Leawood Professionals Luncheon

Location:
Bonefish Grill Leawood
5021 West 135th Street
Leawood, KS
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Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Featured Speaker: Shawn Kinkade

Speaker Bio: Shawn Kinkade is a full time licensed Professional Business Coach and the President of Aspire Business Development, a business strategy, consulting and coaching company located in Leawood Kansas.  He works with Business Owners and Professionals that have hit a ceiling on their business and are looking for traction and momentum to move up to the next level.  You’ll take away instantly applicable tools to boost your business and discover opportunities for growth.

Linking Leawood Professionals is a networking and professional support group for professionals who wish to do business with others in or around the Leawood/Overland Park areas

More Information and Registration

Linking Professionals Ning Community

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#CareerChat on Twitter

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm CST

What: Discussion/questions shared on Twitter.com using the hashtag #careerchat

Here is how you can participate in this chat:

1. Sign up for Twitter.com if you are not already on Twitter.
2. Sign up for TweetChat.com.
3.  Go to TweetChat a few minutes before your Chat of Interest starts, login, and enter the hashtag for the chat you want to attend. In this case, it would be #careerchat.
4. Introduce yourself.
5. Read, ask questions, comment, re-tweet. Participate! However, be aware that all of your posts will show in your Twitter timeline.

More information on #CareerChat

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New Landings Coaching Opportunity

What: Working in groups of six or less, you will receive personalized strategies, tools, support, and accountability to create sustainable change and help with problem-solving and goal-setting for career transition. Normally priced at $125 an hour, you receive 90 minutes for only $35 per person.

Location:
Center for Spiritual Living
1306 West 39th Street
Kansas City, MO
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Please Note: Ring the buzzer when you arrive and the coach will let you in.

Time: 1:00 – 2:30pm on Tuesday

To register: email dhayes@newlandings.org

Questions? Go to www.newlandings.org or call Debra Hayes (913.269.3634)

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Wednesday, December 15

iThinkBigger BIG Breakfast

Location:
Kauffman Foundation Conference Room
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 7:30 – 9:00am

Cost: $20 (includes breakfast buffet)

Networking, Breakfast, Panel Discussion and Q&A

Learn from the insights and experiences of the successful entrepreneurs featured on the fourth quarter 2010 covers of KC Small Business magazine:

  • Corey McDonald, Pave Guard
  • Dr. Audrey Kunin, DERMADoctor
  • Patrick Kraus, Jet Midwest
  • Danny O’Neill,  The Roasterie

RSVP and More Information

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Internet Marketing and Social Media Meetup Group

Location:
Toad’s Pub & Perk
12056 W 135th Street
NW Corner of 135th & Quivera
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 9:00am – 11:00 am

Networking group consisting of business professionals who share their ideas and expertise in regard to marketing products or services over the Internet using social media marketing strategies.

Free to attend.

RSVP and More Information

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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.”

Location:
Devry University
LeValley Conference Room
11224 Holmes Road
Kansas City, Mo
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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: Resume Enhancement – WOW Factor

Meeting Agenda:

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

Meeting Info

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Linking Power & Light District Networking Happy Hour

Location:
Power & Light Grill
417 E 13th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
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Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Free to attend!

Your registration to this event includes one free beverage of your choice.*

They have reserved the entire bar area for this event, but they are capping registration at 75 people. You will receive an e-mail confirmation post registration and printed name tags will be provided at the event.

Linking Power & Light Professionals is a networking and professional support group for professionals who wish to do business with others in or around the Power & Light District of KC MO.

*$3 well or draw. Drink voucher and appetizer cards distributed at registration check in.

More Information and Registration

Contact Info: Laura Wynn at Diva@LauraWynn.com or call (913) 402-6033.

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New Landings Weekly Meeting

Who We Are: New Landings is a non-profit organziation 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.

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

Dress Attire: Business Casual

Speaker: Vince Sabia

Topic: “Holiday Networking Quiz

Job Seekers should…

1.      Decline invitations to neighborhood events, family parties, and church activities as you already know those people?

2.      Increase their level of activity during the holiday season?

3.      Assume no one is hiring during the holidays, they’re probably on vacation or have other things on their minds?

4.      Understand that decisions may move slower during the holiday season?

5.      Say “yes” to volunteer activities?

6.      You might be more successful reaching decision makers during the holiday season?

7.      January is traditionally one of the largest hiring months of the year?

8.      You should come to events prepared with business cards and resumes?

9.      People enjoy talking about themselves?

10.     Be mindful of how much you drink alcoholic beverages?

Attend the December 15th meeting to find out the answers to these questions!

Speaker Bio:

Vince brings 20 years of experience in sales management, marketing communications and consulting to the marketplace.  Vince has held key positions at Right Management, Hallmark Cards, Metropolitan Life, The Prudential, and Cornell University Medical Center.

Vince’s responsibilities include marketing communications and market development.  He has reorganized and directed a department that ensured integrated product, advertising and merchandising programs for an 800 person sales force and over 5,000 retailers.  He also directed the development of national sales and marketing programs supporting the field sales force.  Vince has held key positions at Right Management, Hallmark Cards, Metropolitan Life, The Prudential, and Cornell University Medical Center.

Notable accomplishments include directing the development of long-term marketing strategies and implementing high standards of distribution, merchandising and market development.  Vince has been recognized with sales and marketing awards for excellence in market development, sales and customer service.

Vince is Board Chairman of Beyond Bounds, Inc. a not for profit organization that funds an accessible camping facility for children who have special physical and medical needs and serves on the Overland Park Chamber Foundation Board.  He serves on the Overland Park Community Development/Block Grant committee, and is board President of The Center for Spirit at Work, Kansas City, a Junior Achievement instructor, past Board Member of the Kansas City International Association of Business Communicators, and has served as the facilitator for the Eastern Jackson County Betterment Council and a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children.

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Thursday, December 16

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

Location this week:
Holiday Inn of Olathe
101 West 151st Street
Olathe, KS 66061
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Time: 9:00 am – 11:00am

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

The Olathe Chamber of Commerce is taking steps to help connect job seekers and employers who are hiring. To that end, the Chamber is doing the following in a program initiated by the Chairman´s Liaison Committee:

  • Providing networking opportunities at Chamber coffees at a special sign-up area so job hunters and employers can meet.
  • Inviting employers to advertise employment offerings on the Chamber´s Web site. Contact Laura Baldwin,
    764-1050 or lbaldwin@olathe.org, for details.
  • Engaging job seekers in volunteer and other events and opportunities to provide opportunities to network.

Olathe Chamber also has a pdf file you can download with information about employment resources in the Kansas City area. The link to the file is below.

Guide To Employment Resources

In addition, The Olathe Chamber of Commerce has a partnership with CareerLink.com to offer area employers the ability to advertise job openings and job seekers to get their resumes noticed.

Olathe CareerLink.com site

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Linking Leawood Happy Hour

Location:
Bonefish Grill Leawood
5021 West 135th Street
Leawood, KS
Google Map

Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Cost: $10 to attend. Please register in advance.

They have reserved the entire bar area for this event, but they are capping registration at 75 people. You will receive an e-mail confirmation post registration and printed name tags will be provided at the event.

Linking Leawood Professionals is a networking and professional support group for professionals who wish to do business with others in or around the Leawood/Overland Park areas

More Information and Registration

Linking Professionals Ning Community

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KC IT Professionals Happy Hour

Location:
The Well
7421 Broadway Street
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 6:00pm

NOTE: You must be a member of the KC IT Professionals group on Linkedin to attend this event.

Free to attend.

Come strengthen the largest Kansas City area IT community and create real life connections from this virtual group! Bring your 30 second “elevator speech” + business cards and start building your network! What else could be easier than to discuss your passion for technology amongst others who have similar interests? Meet the people that make IT run in kansas city – the leaders, developers, sysadmins, network engineers, project managers, etc!

RSVP and More Information

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Friday, December 17

Sacred Heart’s Job Club Meeting

Location:
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
5501 Monticello Rd
Shawnee, KS
Google Map

Go to Meeting Room #2 located on upper level of church building.

Time: 8:30 – 9:30am

Contact: Maureen Reintjes at maureen.reintjes@shoj.org or call 913-422-5700, ext. 250

More Information

Check out their Kansas City Metro Networking Job Club Ning Community

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#HFChat (#HireFriday Chat) on Twitter

Time: 11:00 am – Noon CST

What: #HireFriday is the only stream on twitter that focuses solely on the jobseekers strengths, knowledge and abilities. Discussion/questions shared on Twitter.com using the hashtag #HFChat

Here is how you can participate in this chat:

1. Sign up for Twitter.com if you are not already on Twitter.
2. Sign up for TweetChat.com.
3.  Go to TweetChat a few minutes before your Chat of Interest starts, login, and enter the hashtag for the chat you want to attend. In this case, it would be #HFChat.
4. Introduce yourself.
5. Read, ask questions, comment, re-tweet. Participate! However, be aware that all of your posts will show in your Twitter timeline.

More information on #HFChat

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Thank you and have a wonderful week!

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