Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of October 10

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

Below are the events/meetings for the week of October 10. 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 or @markvanbaale to get the latest updates.


Monday, October 10

Linking Professionals Happy Hour Event

77 South
5041 West 135th St.
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Please register in advance.

More Information and Registration


#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. Discussion/questions shared on using the hashtag #JobHuntChat.

Here is how you can participate in this chat:
1. Search for hashtag #HFChat on Twitter when the chat starts at 9pm CST.
2. Introduce yourself when the chat begins.
3. Read, ask questions, comment, re-tweet. Participate!


Tuesday, October 11

Internet Marketing and Social Media Kansas City Meeting

Granfalloon Bar & Grill
608 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Registration Cost: $7.38

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

Register for Meeting


Kansas City Job Fair

Hyatt Regency Crown Center
2345 McGee Street
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Free for job seekers.

More Information and Register for Job Fair


Wednesday, October 12

Internet Marketing and Social Media Kansas City Meeting

Southside Mafia Pizzeria‎
12627 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66213
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Time: 9:00am – 10:30am

Registration Cost: $7.38

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. 

Mike Craig will explain Ruxter mobile marketing, an online application providing organizations with low-cost, self-service mobile tools to engage and connect with local mobile consumers. 

Register for Meeting

Freelance Exchange of KC Happy Hour Event

Johnny’s Tavern
6765 W. 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66209
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Whether you like it shaken, stirred, or on the rocks, the bartenders at Johnny’s Tavern can make it happen. But when it comes to working your professional network – that’s all up to you. Join fellow freelancers at The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City Happy Hour on October 12 to sharpen your networking skills while enjoying some laidback conversation and cocktails.

Know someone interested in joining the Freelance Exchange? Bring them along! Our monthly Happy Hours are a great way to learn more about the organization in a casual environment.

Both FX members and non-members are welcome to attend.


KC/IABC Rising Stars Event with Sporting KC

LIVESTRONG Sporting Park
1 Sporting Way
Kansas City, KS 66111
Google Map 

Cost: $20.25 includes ticket and service fee and pre-game presentation and stadium tour.

Time Frame:

  • 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. – Check-in & Networking (Enter the Cauldron Club at the corner of France Family Dr. and Village West Parkway)
  • 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. – Presentation from Sporting KC Vice President of Marketing, Andy Tretiak
  • 6:45 – 7:15 p.m. – LIVESTRONG Sporting Park tour
  • 7:30 p.m. – Friendly match versus CD Guadalajara


  • Enjoy early access to the members-only Cauldron Club
  • Learn from Sporting KC Vice President of Marketing Andy Tretiak. You’ll not only learn more about the club, you’ll hear how Sporting KC has marketed and differentiated itself as the newest major league franchise in Kansas City
  • Get a behind-the-scenes tour of LIVESTRONG Sporting Park
  • Take in a game against legendary Mexican soccer club CD Guadalajara and cheer on Sporting KC

Register for this event by purchasing a discounted ticket (use discount code risingstar ) to the Wed., Oct. 12 friendly match versus CD Guadalajara. With the purchase of a ticket, you’ll receive early entry in the Members Club to learn more about the marketing strategies of Sporting KC, a LIVESTRONG SportingPark stadium tour and a seat for the game.

More Information for Event


Thursday, October 13

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

Location this week:
Olathe Fire Department
225 South Hamilton Circle
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.


New Landings Weekly Meeting (New Time and Day)

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: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Dress Attire: Business Casual

Topic:  The Frustrations of finding “The One” – – understanding the job market from both sides.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Provide an “overview” regarding the battles that companies are facing while looking for top talent, and the candidates active in the job market searching for the right opportunity.
  • What are the biggest challenges?
  • What are you doing different?
  • What is working?
  • What is not working?

Speaker Bio: 

Jamie Vaters is the Director of Summit Pro Source, and has played an active role in the business community as the Business Resource Director with StartKC.  Her relevant experience consists of her background as a former Corporate Recruiter.  As a result, the local market has been her product for the past 10 years.  Her success is fueled by creating relationships that “make sense.”  Her expertise consists of working directly with numerous business leaders as well as candidates in all industries as a “trusted advisor,” an advocate, as well as a coach and mentor.  As a result, Jamie is extremely networked in the Kansas City business community.  Her passion stems from positioning candidates in the local business market as well as providing top resources to businesses that have been challenged with “finding the right fit” to meet their internal business needs.  Additionally, Jamie has created and developed a suite of leading local “innovative” companies that are ready and committed to provide top resources among visionary local business leaders who are ready for change and innovation.

New Landings focusing on Getting KC Back to Work


48 Days to the Work you Love Workshop (Started Sept. 29, goes through Nov. 17 every Thurs. night)

UPDATE: There are only 2 spots left. Contact to sign up.

Innovation Cafe
2029 Wyandotte Street, Suite 101
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm every Thursday night through Nov. 17

Cost: $150.00

This is a comprehensive workshop and does not focus on merely one area of the job search. Interests, values, and goals will be evaluated, the possibility of non-traditional work and self-employment will be addressed, and a very practical guide to finding and applying for existing jobs will be offered. Participants will walk away with a better sense of purpose and direction.

The workshop is interactive and will lead you to look at “work” in a whole new way, and is perfect if you are experiencing:

  • Career change/job loss
  • Concern about your current job outlook, or
  • Questioning your purpose in the work you do every day

More Information and Registration


Friday, October 14

#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 Twitter 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 October 7 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 note to Mark Van Baale at to be listed on the Featured Job Seekers page. Everyone listed on this page usually has a #HireFriday tweet sent out on Fridays about what they are looking for.



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