Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of October 24

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 networking events for the week of October 24. 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.


Any Day of the Week

Listen to New Landings Job Chat Podcasts brought to you each week by Hector Silva and the rest of the New Landings Job Chat Team. Recent podcasts added are “Job Loss: The Immediate Inner Turmoil, “Post-Interview Preparation,” “Interview Questions Preparation,” and “Pre-Interview Preparation.” 


Monday, October 24

#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 #JobHuntChat 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 25

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: $10.00 for non-members

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


Linking Professionals Lunch for Men Only

Bonefish Grill
5041 West 135th St.
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Please register in advance. $20 includes lunch. Price increases to $25 when paying at door.

This month’s speaker is Rachel Ellyn. With degrees in Finance and Economics, Rachel found wonderful success in the business world, which took her accounting and financial process consulting international. However, with her mind focused on business success and with the lack of training and mentoring in her personal life, marriage success eluded her.

After foraging on a path of self-awareness and exploration with a determination to avoid repeating patterns again (as her parents would say), she found the tips, techniques and values it takes to recognize, to have and to maintain a successful relationship. Combining her passion for writing and story telling with her skills, knowledge, and drive that lead to her business success, Rachel shares her offbeat take on the world, and her findings where life, love, divorce and dating are concerned.

11:00: Check in and network
11:30: Lunch is served/organized portion of meeting
12:15: Speaker
12:45: Speaker Questions
12:55: Closing announcements

More Information and Registration


How to Discover Your Career Path Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:00pm CST.

Are you tired of feeling stuck in the fog? Do you have absolutely no idea where you want or should take your career next? In this tactical workshop CAREEREALISM-Approved Career Expert Lisa Adams will walk you through finding your personal career destination that will allow you to soar rather than be stuck. We’ll discuss the elements of the flight plan such as what do you hate to do, what do you enjoy, what are you good at, what drives you to get up in the morning, and much more.

Can’t make the live event? That’s okay. All registrants will receive a recording of this webinar.

Register for FREE


Applying for a Government Job Workshop presented by New Landings

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

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Projecting to hire 193,000 new employees over the next two years, the U.S. government is a great place to look for your next career opportunity. 

Many who have applied for a government job say, “Simply completing the application should win me some kind of award!” Some of the forms are lengthy, confusing and comprehensive.  The intent of this workshop is to help simplify the process for you.  You will learn tips and tricks for ensuring that your application is complete when filed and gets through the system as expeditiously as possible.

If available, bring your laptop as you will be accessing the government employment website.

Registration for the Workshop


KC Online Community Social Event

77 South
5041 West 135th Street
Leawood, KS 66224
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Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Get ready for our next KC Online Community Social… on October 25th, we will have bestselling author, Rena Striegel as our guest speaker!

Our October event is always a hit, especially since it is also the Annual Costume party!  Dress in your favorite outfit, and have a chance at some prizes!

Do not miss this event!  We can only have 100 people at this event, and therefore RSVP list will be our TOTAL guest list.  Sign up now!  If you want to invite others, they MUST sign up here!

Register for Networking Event


Career Studios: How to Find Your Job on LinkedIn Webinar

Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm CST.

No matter where you are in your job search, NOW is the perfect time to learn about LinkedIn’s many features and how you can leverage them in building your personal brand, networking for your career and finding your next job in just minutes each day or week simply by joining our teleseminar.

In this FREE teleseminar, Chris Perry, Founder of Career Rocketeer and MBA Highway and recent author of LinkedUp: The Ultimate Job Search Guide will walk you through:

  • How to optimize and brand your LinkedIn profile
  • How to gain more visibility and credibility
  • How to grow your network of LinkedIn connections
  • How to find your job on LinkedIn
  • And more…

All you need to participate is a phone.  Register and we will send the call-in number and access code to you via email prior to the call.  Also, enrolled participants will receive a FREE MP3 downloadable recording of this session following the seminar.

Register for FREE


Wednesday, October 26

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: $10.00 for non-members

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.

Register for Meeting


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)


Styling Your Resume – Most Common Formatting Issues and Questions Webinar

Time: 1:00pm – 1:30pm CST.

Learn how to use the advanced styling features of the resume builder to give your resume the perfect look. Session will cover bullets, line spacing, pre-style options and some of the most common formatting issues and questions.

Register for FREE


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

Crossroads Career Network is a national organization supporting job seekers with practical search advice, emotional and spiritual support, prayer and fellowship.   The Crossroads Career program at Woods Chapel is available to anyone seeking God’s plan for their professional lives.  Our weekly meetings give you an opportunity to share with others your frustrations as well as your victories.  Our ministry leaders also work one-on-one with you to guide you through the spiritual, emotional and practical aspects of a career transition.


Thursday, October 27

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

Location this week:
The Salvation Army 
420 East Santa Fe 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.


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:  “What story does your online image tell?  What do you want it to say?”

Whether you have been in transition for one week or one year, it is time to take a fresh look at your on-line image and game plan.  This presentation will reveal the steps for sharpening your personal brand on-line, so you positively stand out.  You will discover fresh ways to approach the job search, as well as how to connect with the right people and share your story.  Those who attend will leave feeling confident and hopeful about the possibilities ahead.

Speaker Bio:

Bright, creative, passionate: Bethany Spilde, founder of Social Buzz Media, is Kansas City’s leading expert on social media, relationship marketing and brand strategy. The driving force behind many successful businesses’ strategic social media plans, Bethany leads by example, delving into the culture of each client to help them form and deepen relationships through specifically targeted social media campaigns.

A sought-after speaker, Bethany’s interactive and positive style inspires participants to not only seek new ideas but to identify quantifiable business strategies. Her ability to at once inform, entertain and inspire makes Bethany a pioneer in the sometimes amorphous realm of social media marketing. A former professional athlete, Bethany applies many of the same characteristics to business that made her a champion: drive, diligence, forward-thinking and energetic. Always seeing the possible, rather than the obstacle, Bethany is able to turn vision into reality.

New Landings focusing on Getting KC Back to Work


How to Keyword Optimize Your Resume Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:00pm CST

Thanks to technology, now more than ever job seekers need to have specific keywords on their resumes and social media profiles to ensure recruiters will call them.

So, how do you do it? Join CAREEREALISM-Approved Career Expert, Robin Schlinger and CAREEREALISM Founder, J.T. O’Donnell for a step-by-step breakdown of how you can find and put the right keywords in your resume. It’s easier than you think!

Can’t make the live event? That’s okay. All registrants will receive a recording of this webinar.

Register for FREE


KCK Chamber Business After Hours Networking Event

Cheeseburger in Paradise
1705 Village West Parkway
Kansas City, KS 66111
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Free to attend.

Join the KCK Chamber for food, fun and great networking opportunities. This event is free and open to the public.

More Information


Friday, October 28

Regional Women Veterans Conference including Career Fair

Macedonia Baptist Church
1700 E. Linwood Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64126 
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Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8:00am –  3:00pm

Free attendance.

The Regional Women Veterans Conference is designed to honor the women who serve and have served. 

Women Veterans who are unemployed/underemployed or seeking employment can email their resumes ahead of the conference for pointers and advice – to Karen Yarbrough at the Missouri Career Center:

(If you are an employer with a job opening, and would like to participate, please contact Carla Tillmon at:, (816) 285-7234).

Speakers and workshops on various topics and issues facing women Veterans will be done.

Also, there will be:

  • FREE legal services
  • FREE Child Care
  • Resume Writing Assistance
  • FREE health screenings
  • FREE job search assistance, advice & toolkit
  • FREE Clothing Boutique
  • FREE chair massages

More Information and to Register


Park University Career Fair

Breckon Sports Center, Park University
8700 N.W. River Park Drive
Parkville, MO 64152 
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Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Free attendance.

Park University will host more than 50 companies from a variety of fields and industries for its annual career fair on Friday, Oct. 28. The fair will include large and small companies, as well as nonprofit organizations and government agencies, representing a wide variety of industries, including media/advertising, health care, finance, social services and real estate. Participants, who will meet with company representatives at the fair, should bring copies of their résumé, dress professionally and be ready to market themselves to future employers.

More Information


Community Career Connection Event

Pinnacle Career Institute
(Building behind Perkins, enter on the rear side of the building)
1601 W. 23rd St., Suite 200
Lawrence, KS 66046
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Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Community Career Connection is a community-sponsored workshop and career fair for job seekers. Aside from making contact with potential employers, job seekers can attend various workshops to polish their resumes, refine their interviewing skills and pick up important job search tips. Event is free and open to the public.

The workshops will include an HR Panel of Human Resource Management from a cross section of local businesses and industries; Cover Letters: Creating Effective Application Letters. This workshop covers the importance of creating a cover letter, the essential parts of the letter, tips, and the cover letter vs. the resume; Susan Symons, Apprenticeship Program Consultant with Kansas Works Department of Commerce, will conduct a workshop on “Apprenticeship Opportunities” and the virtues of On The Job Training as part of the Pathway to the right career; Will Katz, Regional Director of the Kansas University Small Business Development Center, will present “The Right Start”: learn the key items associated with starting your own company/business and some of the pitfalls to avoid.

More Information

Event Brochure and List of Exhibitors


#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 21 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 pageEveryone listed on this page has a #HireFriday tweet sent out on Fridays about what they are looking for.


Saturday, October 29

Serve in Joplin Day

Depart around 7-8:00 am and be back around 5:00-6:00 pm.

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 22We plan to carpool down there.

If you are interested in coming with the group on Saturday, October 29 to help serve, send an email to


Upcoming Events

AAF-KC Career Day on Monday November 14

Union Station
30 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm

AAF-KC Career Day is your chance to put advertising professionals in the hot seat and learn all the secrets and insider information you need to get an ad gig.

Early online registration ends at 12pm on October 31.
Members: $25, Non-Members: $35

Online registration ends at 12pm on November 10.
Members: $30, Non-Members: $40

Walk up registration
Members: $40, Non-Members: $50

What to bring: Your resume and portfolio

8:00am – 8:45am: Registration/Check-in/Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30am: Opening Speaker
9:40 – 12:00pm: Information Sessions
12:00 – 2:30pm: Lunch/Portfolio & Resume Reviews/Career Fair
2:40 – 5:00pm: Information Sessions

More Information and to Register



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