Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of August 8

It is my hope that the information I provide on this blog will help you to find a new job or make connections with people at the various networking events. Remember, I also have a Job Leads page where new jobs are posted every day or every other day. 

Below are the events/meetings for the week of August 8. As always, if you know about other career fairs, meetings or events that would benefit job seekers, please send a note to markvanbaale@gmail.comThank you. 


Monday, August 8

#JobHuntChat on Twitter

Time: 9:00pm CST

Job Hunt Chat is a community where job seekers, recruiters, human resource professionals, career coaches, and hiring managers can connect. Moderators of Job Hunt Chat are Rich DeMatteo (@CornOnTheJob) and  Jessica Miller-Merrell (@Blogging4Jobs). Discussion/questions shared on using the hashtag #JobHuntChat.

Here is how you can participate in this chat:

1. Sign up for if you are not already on Twitter.
2. Search for hashtag #HFChat when the chat starts at 9pm CST.
3. Introduce yourself when the chat begins.
4. Read, ask questions, comment, re-tweet. Participate!


Linking Professionals Networking Event

77 South
5041 West 135th St.
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm

1/2 price drinks all night.

Please register in advance. $10 in advance. $12 at the door. 

More Information and To Register


Tuesday, August 9

Time Management Basics Workshop presented by New Landings

New Landings HQ
11320 W. 79th St.
Lenexa, KS 66214
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Free to attend.

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am

Ben Harlan, Store Manager for FranklinCovey in Overland Park, KS, will be presenting this workshop on “Time Management From the Beginning”.  Ben will be reviewing a “Back to Basics” overview of some of the best of FranklinCovey’s workshops including FOCUS and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  These vital steps on managing your everyday life will help with both your job search and giving you the tools to be a step above the rest when you land that new job!

Registration for the Workshop


Internet Marketing and Social Media Kansas City Meeting

Social Media Round Table discussion

Granfalloon Bar & Grill
608 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 10:00am – Noon

Networking group consisting of business professionals who share their ideas and expertise in regard to Internet marketing, social media, and their businesses. Job seekers can attend to network.

More Information about the Group


Wednesday, August 10

Professional Career Transitions Weekly Meeting

Who We Are: For professionals in an employment transition which uses current successful job search techniques. We will have time for networking, education, and workshop activities during each session.

Devry University LeValley Conference Room
11224 Holmes Road
Kansas City, Mo
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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: Personal Branding

Meeting Agenda:

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


Internet Marketing and Social Media Kansas City Meeting

Southside Mafia Pizzeria‎
12627 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66213
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Time: 9:30am – 11:30 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.

Job seekers can come to network with business owners.

More Information about the Group


FUN BBQ & Schmooze

Network with many of KC’s top Business Owners & Professionals.

Come and join others for Feet-Up Network’s first Summer BBQ & Schmooze. They will be offering not just a meal, with desserts, refreshments, wine & beer – there’s going to be a DJ playing music.

1800 Baltimore
Kansas City, MO
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Parking: There are a couple of options here. There will be a couple of spots behind the pizza place next door and across the street at the Construction Group. The parking meters stop at 6:00, so feel free to park there (just don’t forget to put a little bit in there to cover the time before 6).

Cost: $20/person.

MUST REGISTER to attend event. Registration ends on August 8 at 8pm. 

We will NOT be selling tickets at the door because this is a catered event and we need an accurate count.

More Information and To Register

Call Angie O’Connor with any questions at 913.538.1448.


New Landings Weekly Meeting

New Landings is a non-profit organziation dedicated to the economic recovery of America’s middle class. At New Landings their mission is to empower individuals to invest their expertise, work together and drive community solutions that get people back to work.

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

Dress Attire: Business Casual

Topic:“Getting a job in ANY Economy

GETTING A JOB IN ANY ECONOMY is a program with ideas, tools, concepts and principles to help you find employers, prepare your resume, learn how to interview and develop a successful plan.


  • Getting a Job is a Full-time Job
  • Your New Job Description and Responsibilities
  • You Only Have to Make One Sale
  • What are You Selling and Who’s Buying
  • Prospecting vs. Networking
  • Where and How to Look for Your Dream Job
  • Techniques for Job Hunting
  • Perfect Resumes and Successful Interviews
  • Product Development

Ray Birkinsha is the author of “Successful Survival – Getting a Job in ANY Economy and Surviving Until You Do!” An author and speaker, Ray has been talking about job hunting for over fifteen years. Ray is a former trial lawyer, consultant, executive, manager and job hunter.  He has interviewed 100’s of candidates and been interviewed over 100 times. He’s an expert on successful job-hunting strategies and the skills you need to get a job when jobs are hard to find.

New Landings featured on


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

Judith Simmons from the Missouri Full Employment Council will be presenting information on scholarships available to help you train for a career change, or upgrade your skills in your current vocation.

Judith will also share with us what other services and employment resources are available to you through the Full Employment Council including personal Workforce Developers who will assist you in your job search.

More Information and to RSVP on LinkedIn


Thursday, August 11

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

Location this week:
OMB Guns
15765 South Keeler
Olathe, KS 66062

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Time: 9:00 am – 11:00am

Opportunity to mingle with Olathe area business owners and network to your next job. Expect to meet 150-250 people. There is a special sign-up area so job hunters and employers can meet.


“Building Your Brand through a Rock Star Resume” TeleSeminar

Free to attend. Hosted by Tammy Kabell from Career Resume Consulting.

Time: Noon CST.

With unemployment hovering at 9%, and the “broad unemployment rate” nearly 18%, it is absolutely essential that as an executive, senior level or highly-skilled professional, your resume make you irresistible to hiring managers. It needs to highlight the skills you can bring to any position, and minimizes any liabilities that would keep you from getting an interview.

In this call, Tammy Kabell with Career Resume Consulting will walk you through the steps to take to build a resume that supports your personal branding efforts. Tammy will cover:

  • Why your resume may not be getting the results you want
  • Seven characteristics of a Rock Star resume
  • Each component of a functional resume that minimizes your career obstacles and maximizes your strengths
  • How to quantify your achievements.

Register for TeleSeminar


Friday, August 12

#HFChat (#HireFriday Chat) on Twitter

Time: 11:00 am – Noon CST

#HireFriday is the only stream on twitter that focuses solely on job seekers strengths, knowledge and abilities. Discussion/questions shared on using the hashtag #HFChat

Here is how you can participate in this chat:

1. Sign up for if you are not already on Twitter.
2. Search for hashtag #HFChat when the chat starts at 11am CST.
3. Introduce yourself when the chat begins.
4. Read, ask questions, comment, re-tweet. Participate!

More information on #HFChat and Hire Friday

#HFChat Transcript from July 29 Discussion

How to Setup a #HireFriday Tweet if you are job seeking.

Final Note: If you are in the KC area and are searching for a job, send a tweet to @markvanbaale on Twitter about what you are looking for following the #HireFriday tweet format and Mark and others will RT it on Fridays.


Upcoming Events

Linking Professionals Networking Event on Thursday, August 18

Bonefish Grill
5041 West 135th St.
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Please register in advance.

More Information and Registration




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