Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of August 15

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 15. 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. 

You can also follow @kcjobseekers on Twitter to get the latest updates.



Monday, August 15

#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 (@CornOnTheJoband  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!


Tuesday, August 16

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


Avis Budget Group Job Fair

Opportunity to be a Sales Professional. $9.75/hour + Commission with total compensation of $40-$45,000.

Kansas City Avis Budget
KCI Airport
703 London Ave. 
Kansas City, MO 
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Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Pre-registered candidates are guaranteed an interview with a Hiring Manager.

Pre-Register for Job Fair

More Information


KC Online Community Networking Event

Scooter’s Coffeehouse
11106 Antioch Road
Overland Park, KS 66210
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Time: 11:00 am to 12:00pm

More information and to register


Principal Connections Networking Meeting

Bonefish Grill
5021 West 135th St.
Overland Park, KS
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LinkedIn Best Practices Your Business Needs To Know

Over 70% of small business owners use or feel that they should be using LinkedIn to build and attract new business.

  • What makes a good LinkedIn profile?
  • How can you prospect on LinkedIn?
  • What can you do with status updates on LinkedIn?
  • What should you do on a daily/weekly basis in LinkedIn?
  • Interesting opportunities to get your name out there…

Time: 3:00 – 5:00pm

More Information and Registration


Wednesday, August 17

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: Resume Enhancement – WOW Factor

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


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: Leadership and Team Building

Come learn about attributes of a good leader, different leadership styles, and what traits hiring managers are looking for when they hire.

Hector Silva was in Management and Administration in a major New York Hospital and Medical College, as an Executive Director of a Medical Diagnostic company, and Operations Officer of another. For 25 years he was in management for a fortune 400 technology company and he was one of the founders and President of a national Hispanic employee’s organization. Currently Hector is a Commissioner for the City of Olathe, Kansas as a member of the Human Relations Commission. Hector is also a co-founder of the Leadership Institute of Greater Kansas City as well as a Certified Coaching Practitioner. Hector is on the Board of Directors for Pathway to Hope and on the board of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Kansas city. He is host of the New Landings Job Chat radio show, a weekly talk radio show providing job related information and education for the job seeker.

New Landings featured on


Thursday, August 18

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

Location this week:
Olathe Public Library
201 East Park 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. Expect to meet 150-250 people. There is a special sign-up area so job hunters and employers can meet.


KC Business Journal for the Job Search Workshop

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

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am

Don’t miss this workshop on how to use the Kansas City Business Journal to find your next career opportunity!  The workshop will focus on the following:

  • looking beyond the headline of a story to identify opportunities
  • discovering networking events using the paper’s calendar section
  • utilizing advertisements in the paper as a source of information
  • learning how to obtain “free” news stories through the Business Journal’s daily E-mail update
  • how to use the Top 25 Lists to research opportunities

Registration for the Workshop


“A Successful Six Figure Job Search Blueprint” TeleSeminar

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

Time: Noon CST.

The basic elements of a successful career search… It starts with materials such as resumes, cover letters, marketing letters, and online materials (your online presence) that maintains a consistent communication strategy of positioning yourself as a top performer. These need to be in place before ever starting a job search.

After your written materials are finished, then it’s time for a three tier approach to job searching. It’s this approach that gets you the response from employers and gets you hired quickly.

  • The first component is contacting companies that fit your target criteria. There is a process for determining your target companies, which Tammy will cover during this call.
  • The second approach is contacting companies that are growing, and therefore creating jobs. Tammy will show you the best FREE resources available to find these “hidden” six figure jobs.
  • And finally, it’s using your existing network effectively, and expanding your network so that more people and more companies know that you are looking for a new career position. Tammy will give you suggestions on the most effective way to expand your existing network using a leapfrog technique for finding new contacts. And she’ll instruct you on how to finesse these new contacts, so that they don’t feel pressure to “find you a job.”

Register for TeleSeminar


Linking Professionals Networking Event

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


Friday, August 19

#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 August 12 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

Saturday, August 27

Serve in Joplin Day

Depart around 8:00 am and be back around 5:00-6:00 pm.

If you are a job seeker, I know how it can feel at times like you can’t contribute much. But, you are valuable and here is an opportunity for you to make a difference in people’s lives by volunteering to go down to Joplin to serve.

Come with the Joplin Relief Group from 33Church as we make the second of many monthly trips down to help serve the people of Joplin who are recovering from the devastating tornado that hit their city on May 22. We plan to carpool to head down there and spend most of the day helping where needed.

It is our intention to go down monthly on the last Saturday to help in Joplin. If you would like to come with us on our monthly trips, you will need to attend a Wednesday night meeting the week of our trip. We will be meeting on Wednesday, August 24 to talk about the August 27 trip and what to expect. 

If you are interested in coming with the group on Saturday, August 27 to help serve, send an email to



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