Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of October 31

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 31. As always, if you know about other career fairs, meetings or events that would benefit job seekers, please send a note to Thank 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: Dealing with Aftershocks,” Job Loss: The Immediate Inner Turmoil, “Post-Interview Preparation,” “Interview Questions Preparation,” and “Pre-Interview Preparation.” 


How to Find Hidden Jobs in Any Economy Webinar (Monday, Oct. 31, Tuesday, Nov. 1, and Wed. Nov. 2)

Time: Once you select the date you want (Oct. 31, Nov. 1, or Nov. 2, times available are shown to you). 

Register for FREE


Monday, October 31

AAF-KC Career Day on Monday November 14 – Register by Nov. 10

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 5pm on November 2.
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


#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, November 1

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


What You Don’t Know about Using Social Networking in Your Job Search Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:00pm CST.

Maybe you already have a LinkedIn profile, you’re using Twitter, Facebook, and even Google+. Are you optimizing your profiles and your time online to be sure it will be easy for people to find – and hire – you? Do you know where to look to identify great potential contacts?

Miriam Salpeter, author of Social Networking for Career Success, will suggest ways to leverage social media tools to help make it easier for you to grow your network and attract job opportunities.

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

Register for FREE


Employment Through Community Meeting

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church,
7740 Lackman Road
Lenexa, KS 66217
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Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm

ETC (Employment Through Community) is an instruction and support group for people who are unemployed, underemployed or want to improve their job-seeking skills. So what makes us different from all the other job clubs? One very important distinction…we strive to be a compassionate light in the shadow of unemployment and uncertainty. We’ve been there. We can help with the interview as well as the prayers… with the resume polishing as well as the hope rekindling. You can look forward to a welcoming, friendly and supportive atmosphere. 

Social networking can be a great way to help you launch or further your career. Do you have a profile? Can you navigate the website to utilize groups, job postings, company pages? Are you familiar with social media etiquette? Join us for How to Leverage your Career Using LinkedIn“.

More Information about the ETC Group


Wednesday, November 2

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 – 11:30am

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: Resume Enhancement – WOW Factor

Meeting Agenda:

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


5 Ways to Find a Job In Another City Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:00pm CST.

Want to relocate? Then you need to know how to find a job in your new hometown BEFORE you move there! Join CAREEREALISM Founder, J.T. O’Donnell for a step-by-step guide for conducting an effective remote job search. 

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

Register for FREE


Rotary Club Ask the Executive Event with John McDonald from Boulevard Brewery

Boulevard Brewery
2501 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Free to attend, but you must RSVP as space is limited.

This is the latest in the downtown Rotary Club’s ASK THE EXEC series, a program that enables young Kansas City professionals to network with each other and meet face-to-face and interact with our city’s top executives.

Hear John McDonald speak on leadership, values, community commitment and more. Then he’ll answer your questions.

We’ve allowed plenty of time for our guests to get acquainted with each other and enjoy refreshments – all in a small venue that invites networking.

Register now at or call 816-444-0200.


Thursday, November 3

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

Location this week:
LaQuinta Inn & Suites-Olathe 
20570 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. Expect to meet 150-250 people. There is a special sign-up area so job hunters and employers can meet.


Kansas City Job Fair

InterContinental at the Plaza
401 Ward Pkwy
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Free to attend.

Meet face-to-face with top employers at the National Career Fairs Job Fair! Attendance is free for job seekers! Register at the link below and you will receive the company list and online job fair guide. Free RESUME REVIEWS will be available at the event from our two local career experts.

Register for KC Job Fair


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: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Dress Attire: Business Casual

Topic:  “The Resume Black Hole”

For many job seekers, what happens to their resume after hitting ‘submit’ is a mystery; either they get an interview or they don’t, with no feedback as to why they got a response (or didn’t). However, from a hiring manager’s point of view, it is easy to determine who will stand out, and why select candidates get interviews and breeze through the hiring process. Sarah Cain, President of Stand Out Career Services, will be shedding light on the “resume black hole” by sharing “The Hiring Manager’s Point of View” of the hiring process.

Speaker Bio:

Sarah Cain is President of Stand Out Career Services, a company dedicated to providing job seekers the edge they need in their job search.  She is also currently COO of one of the premier financial service firms in the Kansas City area and has reviewed over 1,000 applicant resumes and conducted countless interviews during her tenure. Sarah graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from Washburn University; she is a member of the Central Exchange and the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. Sarah is consistently called upon to speak to job seekers to share her insight on the hiring process and what it takes to stand out.

New Landings focusing on Getting KC Back to Work


#1 Way to Motivate Your Network to Find You a Job Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:00pm CST

We all know networking is the best way to get a job. But, what do you do when you feel like your network doesn’t want to help you?

Join CAREEREALISM-Approved Career Expert, Debra Wheatman and CAREEREALISM Founder, J.T. O’Donnell for a FREE webinar where you’ll learn the secret to getting your friends, family and colleagues to proactively find you job opportunities. It’s fun and rewarding!

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

Register for FREE


Creating an Effective Resume (For Baby Boomers and Persons 50+) Workshop

KCK Community College (Jewell Center, Room 3397)
7250 State
Kansas City, KS
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Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Presenters are:
Molly Turney, Career Counselor, Outplacement Services Workforce Partnership, Inc.
Linda Wyatt, Director Career Center, KCK Community College

Next Chapter Kansas City is a community collaborative developing opportunities for persons 50 and over as they explore options for work, service, and learning in life’s next chapter. Partners include Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kansas (Lead Agency); El Centro, Inc.; KCK Area Chamber of Commerce; KCK Community College; KCK Public Library; Landon Center on Aging; Leadership 2000; Liveable Neighborhoods, Inc.; Workforce Partnership Inc; Wyandotte/Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging.

To register and for more information, contact Karen Hostetler, Next Chapter Kansas City Director, at or at (913) 281-8908 at Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kansas. 

There is no charge to participate, but pre-registration is requested.


Marketing Clubs Unite Happy Hour/Networking Event

O’Dowd’s Little Dublin
4742 Pennsylvania Avenue
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Free to attend.

Bring your super networking skills to O’Dowd’s on the Plaza and mingle with members of marketing and advertising clubs in Kansas City. You’ll have the opportunity to spend time with colleagues from KCPRSA, AAF-KC, Social Media Club of Kansas City, IABC-KC, AMA, BMA, KCDMA, Freelance Exchange of Kansas City, AIGA and Freelancers University. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards. Great half-price drink specials and appetizers will be available.

RSVP on Facebook


Friday, November 4

#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 28 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.


Entrepreneur Corner – First Fridays with Think Big Partners

1800 Baltimore Avenue
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

At the Entrepreneur Corner, attendees will have the opportunity to meet local successful entrepreneurs, learn about new business in Kansas City and view unique pieces of artwork that local artists have produced.  

Stop by. Grab a beer. Socialize. Even play some games with the entrepreneurs and artists at Entrepreneur Corner. Join us for a fun Friday evening. Can’t wait to see you there!


Upcoming Events

Overland Park Fall Career Expo on Wednesday, Nov. 9

Overland Park Convention Center 
6000 College Blvd 
Overland Park, KS 66211
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Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Free to attend.

Bring plenty of copies of your resume printed on quality paper. Even if you do not bring a resume, be certain to have a portfolio or briefcase with notebook or legal pad and pens.

Employers interested in participating may contact Nick Walz at 913-383-1100 or

Register for Overland Park Career Expo



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