Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of December 5

Below are the networking events for the week of December 5 in the Kansas City area. 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.

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. 

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 “”What Is Communicating?, “Job Loss: Rebuilding a Better You” “Job Loss: Dealing with Aftershocks,” Job Loss: The Immediate Inner Turmoil, and “Interview Questions Preparation.” 


Monday, December 5

Linking Professionals Social (Non) Networking Mixer

Sullivan’s of Leawood 
4501 West 119th Street
Leawood, KS 66209
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Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

We have started this mixer EARLY to accomodate those professionals who struggle to attend traditional “happy hour” events due to family or other obligations. 3:30 arrival is an OPTION, not a requirement.

A nominal fee of $25 is payable at registration while this program is in BETA.* 

No walk-ins will be permitted.

For years Laura Wynn has worked a speaking circuit teaching professionals that effective networking should  emphasize the importance of building trusted real life relationships for business viability and longevity. It’s also crucial to know the fundamentals of your new contacts’ business offerings. While simple in theory, it’s often difficult to accomplish both in one fragment of time investment.

You are not paying to attend this event.

You are paying for Laura’s professional matchmaking skills and twenty plus years of accredited business development. Prior to each event Laura will promote registered guests by conversing with “you” on Twitter, Linked In and Facebook. Laura will use these mediums to pull you into strategically created conversations as a means to gain “followers” and “likes” for your Internet brand.

During online registration you will be asked to provide an “elevator speech”, for lack of better term. Do not over think this; simply describe a good contact for you. Laura will handle the rest! You may bring business cards but they are not necessary as each attendee will receive this information by direct email. 

After each event, Laura will compose a follow up email that will include the same information you provided to her prior to the event. This publication, inclusive of your contact information, will be distributed only to those professionals on the VIP list. This list will be composed of current and past attendees of these high profile mixers.

Register for Event


#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, December 6

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


Your Fastest and Shortest Path to Getting Hired Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:15pm CST

In this webinar, you’ll learn the power of SmartActions, which is based on extensive research around productivity and market behavior.  As proven as these ideas are, most job-seekers don’t effectively implement them:

  • A simple, essential way to stay on top of every job search activity
  •  The mind-blowing principle that you must understand and apply to shorten your job search 
  • Why working on your resume, practice interviews, cover letters, and LinkedIn profile before this one thing is unproductive and makes your search longer and harder
  • The market dynamic that helps you get “sucked” into new job opportunities 
  • The cost of slowness and a proven way to overcome this easily 
  • Why now is the critical time to move quickly and effectively

For those who attend live, there will be a special bonus: an opportunity for have a live 15-minute 1:1 consult on any questions you have that came up during the webinar.  But only if you come on for the live call.

Register for Webinar


TEDxCrossroads Weekly Meeting

1740 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Free to attend.

TEDxCrossroads (where x=independently organized TED event) is a community based on the shared interest of sharing our interests. In addition to our weekly salons, in the future we will be hosting speakers and adding fun things like cocktail hours with our friends at TEDxKC who run an amazing event.

More Information about TEDxCrossroads

RSVP on Facebook or contact


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

Join us as Bart Nichols, Training/Consultant Professional, of Lee Hecht Harrison, teaches on how to develop a personal marketing plan.

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. 

More Information about the ETC Group


Wednesday, December 7

Job Search Career Fair sponsored by Chief of Staff Recruiting

Roasterie Cafe
(In the One Nineteen Shopping Center at 119th and Roe)
4511 119th Street
Leawood, KS
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Time: 7:00am – 10:00am

Free to attend.

Stop by for a cup of coffee to meet with recruiters and get helpful job searching tips. 

Please be sure to bring a copy of your resume to be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card!  Bring a friend or refer someone to the event and get an additional entry to win!

Examples of positions we are currently recruiting for: Customer Service, Outside Sales, Logistics Broker, Accounts Receivables Associate and Administrative Assistant

RSVP: 816-581-2776 or contact


AAF-KC Wednesday Accelerations Meeting

Kansas City Cafe
1532 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Time: 7:30am – 9:00am

Non-Member price: $5.00; Non-Member Walk-Up Price: $7.00

Featuring Rachel Hack, Community Manager for Google. Rachel will tell us what’s happening now and what the future holds for KC and Google.

7:30am: Networking
8:00am: Presentation

Please note, once the space has been filled, they will not accept walk-up members or non-members, so pre-register!

More Information and to Register


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.

Christine Gregory, Queen of Paws will share in detail, her use of mobile marketing (Ruxter)  to build brand awareness.

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: Interviewing & Negotiating

Meeting Agenda:

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


Re-Thinking the Brand Called You Webinar

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm CST

It’s crucial when you interview for a job to be able to distinguish yourself from every other candidate. Your part on the interview is to articulate why they should hire you. Who are they hiring? What is your character, track record, and reputation? What can they count on? Through a series of questions, they hope to get to know you.  Bottom line, they hope you are the one.

You will learn:   

  • To polish the diamond. (That diamond is you!) 
  • How to change the way you think about YOU 
  • How to boost your self-confidence 
  • Your “ME” file including accomplishments, strengths value statements and elevator pitch 
  • What relationships are absolutely necessary to drive you forward toward the fulfillment of your ultimate life

Register for Webinar


Career Search Strategies 2.0 Virtual Conference

Time: Noon – 3:00pm CST

Free to attend.

Join the Nation’s Top Recommended Career Coach, Dieter Hertling, for 3 hours of the most cutting-edge job search tools and strategies for today’s professional.

Register for FREE


Olathe Chamber of Commerce Holiday After Hours Event

Olathe Chamber of Commerce
18001 W. 106th Street, Ste. 160
Olathe, KS 66061
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Free to attend.

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Appetizers, drinks and door prizes for attendees.

More Information and Registration


New Landings Holiday Celebration (Networking Event)

New Landings HQ
11320 W. 79th St.
Lenexa, KS 66214
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Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Free to attend.

You are invited for an evening of casual networking to celebrate the fall & winter holidays.

Bring your favorite holiday food or snack to share.

If your last name starts with A thru L bring finger foods / appetizer.
If your last name starts with M thru Z bring dessert dish or drink.

Please come even if you are unable to bring something or forgot.

More Information


Career Studios: Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies Webinar

Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm CST.

Free to attend.

We are excited to announce our interview with Joshua Waldman, author of the recently released “Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies”.

Joshua will take us through the basics and importance of social media for job search and will drill down on some of the vital steps you need to take.  The “send your resume” model is quickly becoming out of date and time consuming.  Hiring managers and 80% of recruiters are finding their applicants online.  Can they find you?

In this teleseminar you will learn:
–    The first steps you need to take to get you “online”
–    How to figure out AND market your personal brand so the hiring managers can find you
–    How to craft a resume for online purposes
–    How to find and approach a recruiter or hiring manager so they want to meet you
–    Video resume
–   and much 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


Thursday, December 1

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

Location this week:
Life Church
16111 South Lone Elm Road
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.


Getting To the Decision Makers Workshop presented by New Landings

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

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am

Ray Ruecker, Managing Director of Connect 5000, will share his expertise and experience on the following topics:

  • How to write an effective email or letter that gets a response
  • The power of LinkedIn – how to find decision makers (title, contact information, etc.)
  • The power of Jigsaw – how to find executive decision maker’s email addresses and direct phone numbers
  • How to leave effective voice mails that get callbacks for interviews or appointments
  • Practical tips for individuals looking to launch their own business.

Registration for the Workshop


Unemployed Too Long to Get Hired? Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:00pm CST

Stop showing employers you are unemployed and start showing them what you have to offer!

Learn a completely new approach to your job search from CAREEREALISM-Approved Career Expert, Corey Harlock – creator of the acclaimed Fearless Job Search. Corey will share secrets and techniques about how to overcome employment and age discrimination as well as how to become a job search tactician and improve your chances of getting hired by 50%.

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

Register for FREE


A Recruiter Reveals: Deadly Mistakes even smart job seekers make Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:15pm CST

Katherine Moody would like to share with you the key mistakes that can eliminate you despite your qualifications as well as the success tips she has seen first hand that can land you the job even if you aren’t the best qualified.

Topics to be discussed:

  • 5 essentials for your linkedin profile & two misunderstandings that may be hindering your job search
  • What you may not know about hiring managers and your linkedin profile
  • The resume omissions that drive hiring managers crazy—and not in a good way
  • The way to follow up that recruiters love—and will make you stand out
  • 3 essentials for your interview preparation

Register for Webinar


Friday, December 9

#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 for Friday, December 2, 2011

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

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.


The Holidays and the Job Search Advantage Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:15pm CST

If you believe that there’s no reason to search during the holidays, you are mistaken – big time!
If you think employers are not hiring, interviewing, reviewing resumes, you are mistaken – big time!
If you think your job search can wait until the New Year – bah humbug! The holiday season is prime time if you know how to use it.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Why this can be the best time to be in contact with employers
    What to say at holiday gatherings when asked “Did you find a job yet?
    Simple, respectful ways to strengthen relationships with your professional network
    How to take advantage of holiday events without taking advantage of people

Register for Webinar


Saturday, December 10

Catholic Career Roundtable Meeting 

Roundtables are monthly and present a refreshing venue for business owners and hiring managers to share employment opportunities for 2011 with qualified and professional job seekers with no fees or cost not only to the job seeker, but the business owner as well.

The CCR (Catholic Career Roundtable) believes in building relationships, and attending a Roundtable Panel is that first step. CCR believes “People Find People Jobs” and by participating in an upcoming Roundtable as an employer or a potential employee you can start building relationships.

Good Shepherd Parish
12800 W 75th St.
Shawnee, KS
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Time: 8:30am – 10:00am

CCR’s monthly ‘Roundtable’ meeting (business casual) on 11.19.11 with panelist to include UMB Bank, Garmin, Workforce Partnership, JCCC, and Baker University.

More Information about CCR

Article about CCR



One thought on “Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of December 5

  1. Thanks again Mark for compiling all the events and information.

    Posted by Dave Bryan | December 6, 2011, 10:50 am

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