Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of December 12

Below are the networking events for the week of December 12 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.

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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.” 

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Monday, December 12

David Templeman aka That Job Guy on NPR

David will be on a panel on NPR’s show “Central Standard” discussing future trends in technology jobs. Be sure to listen!

Central Standard is KCUR’s new talk, news magazine and call-in show hosted by Jabulani Leffall, an award-winning print, broadcast and multimedia journalist.

Time: 10:00am CST

Listen Live at 10am

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Ten Common Mistakes that Will Hurt Your Job Search Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:30pm CST

Come get the competitive edge and learn what mistakes not to make. As a results coach and a recruiting professional, I’ve learned it’s not always the most qualified person who gets the job. How well do you think you are doing on your job search? Are you making mistakes?

In this presentation, we are going to break it down so you can learn the COMMON MISTAKES made by job seekers and more importantly how to get it right so you are a top candidate. I have helped place thousands of people in jobs they love, and I want to assist you so you too can land your dream job.

Register for FREE

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KC Online Community Networking Event

Location:
Dos Hombres
11134 Holmes Road
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

More Information and to Register

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#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 Twitter.com 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!

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Tuesday, December 13

Internet Marketing and Social Media Kansas City Meeting

Location:
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

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Linking Professionals Networking Lunch & Laser Tag Party for Men and Women

Location:
Advanced Laser Tag 
2026 East Santa Fe Street
Olathe, KS 66062
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Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Please register in advance. No walk-ins accepted. Limit of 30 total registrants.

How well do you REALLY network with the opposite sex? We’ll divide into two breakout groups and learn answers to the 10 most commonly voiced co-ed business questions.  

Then we’ll use this knowledge in a hands-on activity. Okay~ it has nothing to do with what we learned. It’s just a good, old fashioned boys verses girls LASER TAG COMPETITION! (Participation is of course optional. Feel free to watch from the viewing area!)

BBQ buffet style lunch and beverage is included in registration.

More Information and Registration

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Demystifying Personal Branding Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:30pm CST

The most effective and satisfying job searches and professional ventures begin with knowing what skills and abilities you bring to the marketplace and who can benefit from them.  You may think you already know — what if there is even more that you offer than you are now aware of?

In this session:

  • What is “personal branding?”
  • Why care about it?
  • What are the components of a personal brand?
  • How do you incorporate it into choosing your career direction and creating your marketing materials?

Register for FREE

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How to Feel Good and Stay Positive No Matter What Workshop presented by New Landings

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

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

MK Mueller (also known as “The Gratitude Guru”) is an international trainer, business coach, keynoter and the author of two books, Taking Care of Me:The Habits of Happinessand 8 to Great: The Powerful Process for Positive Change. Her interactive and engaging workshop will cover topics such as:

  • A powerful process for getting in touch with your biggest dreams
  • A guaranteed positive attitude formula that is simple to live and teach
  • A decision-making formula to help you make the right decisions every time
  • A forgiveness formula for releasing past hurts and mistakes
  • A one-minute formula for starting every day in a feel-good way

Registration for the Workshop

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Unemployed Too Long to Get Hired? Webinar

Time: 2:00pm – 3:15pm CST

Learn how to make hiring managers see what you offer, Not that your unemployed.

Being unemployed can make it harder to get hired – BUT it doesn’t make it impossible.  Stop letting unemployment be the only thing a potential employer sees and start making them see what you have to offer!

Register for FREE

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American Marketing Association of KC Prairie Dog|TCG Holiday Open House Reception

Location:
Prairie Dog | TCG
811 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Free to attend.

The AMA KC Healthcare Special Interest Group would like to invite you to come and celebrate this holiday season. Join us for a reception in Prairie Dog|TCG’s stunning new offices downtown in the historic Garment District. Holiday treats, libations, tours and networking will be the agenda for this event on Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 4:30-6 p.m. Prairie Dog (www.pdog.com) is the healthcare marketing division of Trozzolo Communications Group. 

All healthcare marketers and planners from physician groups, hospitals, payers and pharmaceuticals are invited to this networking holiday event. No charge, just RSVP. 

Come mingle, laugh and frolic. ’Tis the season, after all.

Street parking will be available. In addition, there are two parking lots across from the building at minimal charge.

More Information and to Register

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TEDxCrossroads Weekly Meeting

Location:
Barkley
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

Contact coreilly@barkleyus.com or RSVP on Facebook.

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Wednesday, December 14

Overland Park Chamber of Commerce Wednesday Wake Up – Networking Event

Location:
Sprint Winter Garden
6220 Sprint Parkway
Overland Park, KS
(Use Parking Garage P)
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Time: 8:00am – 9:00am

Cost: $5.00 for non-members

Start your day off right by networking with your business colleagues at Wednesday Wake-up. You’ll enjoy casual mingling in the Winter Garden and tour the Executive Briefing Center.

For more info, contact Andrea at abruening@opchamber.org

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Internet Marketing and Social Media Kansas City Meeting

Location:
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.

Register for Meeting

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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.

Location:
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: Using LinkedIn.com

Meeting Agenda:

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

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The Best Interview Strategy for Results Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:30pm CST

Preparation for interviews takes time. You have to know what kind of research to do about the company and the role, and it takes practice so you are clear about what you want to cover in the interview. Bottom line, you must be mentally and physically ready if you want to do well in the interview.

Here is a sneak peek of the agenda:

  • Create an effective Interview Strategy
  • Be a Master of Building Rapport
  • “Best of You” Summary Statement
  • Strengths you should Share about Yourself
  • The Most Powerful Questions to Ask in the Interview

Register for FREE

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Crossroads Career Network Meeting

Location:
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

Topic: Problem Solve Your Way Into Your Dream Job

Marco Seabra is an “entrepreneurial spirit” with a diverse background in technology and business operations and management. He will be conducting a workshop on how you can focus your search efforts and take a logical path to find your dream job.

Marco has a proven track record of turning around departments and business processes with focus on the integration of strategy, processes, people and technology.

His specialties including Sales and Marketing process reengineering, systems integrations, business process improvement (BPI), ERP and Database integration, lean manufacturing, graphics management, network and storage installation, web development, project management.

Marco is a dynamic speaker who will recharge your job search by helping you focus your time and energy in the right place.

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.

Register for Meeting

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Thursday, December 15

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

Location this week:
Holiday Inn of Olathe
101 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.

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KC Business Journal Workshop presented by New Landings

Location:
New Landings HQ
11320 W. 79th St.
Lenexa, KS 66214
Google Map

Free to attend.

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am

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

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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.

Location:
Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church
9300 Nall Avenue
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Dress Attire: Business Casual

Topic: “No Excuses, Only Results”

Most people set goals and don’t seem to ever accomplish them.  In this presentation you will learn how to make a commitment that will work.

Speaker Bio:

Jeff Miner is a licensed therapist with over fifteen years of experience working with individuals, business owners, athletes and entrepreneurs in establishing and achieving their goals.  Jeff has a dynamic way to help people build confidence, enhance their performance and to overcome personal challenges and roadblocks.

Jeff has written and published four books focused on motivation, goals, focus and attaining your dream.  In addition, Jeff has published numerous articles in national publications.

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How to Research and then Impress Hiring Companies Webinar

Time: 2:00pm – 3:15pm CST

Join us for this free training session to learn surprisingly effective ways to discover useful information about hiring companies so that 1) you can impress them in your application materials and interviews and 2) learn if you even want to work there.

In this FREE 60 minute training, you will discover:

  • Whether a hiring company is thriving or dying
  • What’s on the minds’ of its top executives
  • How to reach the hiring manager
  • What kind of people the company tends to hire
  • Who you know who could influence your hiring there
  • The salary ranges for key positions
  • How to learn about recent departures and the very latest job postings
  • What current employees have to say about the place

Register for FREE

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Think Big Partners and bizperc Open House

Location:
bizperc
1800 Baltimore Avenue, 6th floor
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Free to attend.

bizperc has been getting a lot of drop-in tours lately. So, in order to accomodate all of the entrepreneurs, startups and big thinkers interested in this Crossroads coworking space, bizperc is hosting an Open House on Dec. 15th. We have NEW OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE so come check it out!

Come take a tour of bizperc, chat with some of the collaborative tenants and help yourself to some beverages. All drop-in tours will have the chance to see bizperc’s 4th, 5th and 6th floors as well as the breath-taking rooftop garden. 

Don’t miss out on this fun coworking opportunity! Drop by on Thursday, December 15th from 4:30pm-6:00pm and see what a successful business incubator and accelerator is all about! 

Can’t make it on Thursday? Don’t worry! bizperc open house events will take place every month! Stay tuned for the next open house announcement. 

Questions? Call 816.842.5244, email Ann DeAngelo (adeangelo@thinkbigpartners.com) or Sarah Snyder (ssnyder@thinkbigpartners.com) or follow bizperc on Twitter: @bizperc.

Register for Event

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Linking Professionals Happy Hour Event

Location:
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

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Friday, December 16

#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 Twitter.com 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

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 markvanbaale@gmail.com 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.

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Mastering Online Job Application Systems Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:15pm CST

Applying for jobs online is tough! Online application forms can be confusing, exasperating and maddeningly difficult to complete and the process can take hours … even for one position! And the worst part of the whole process? Even after all your hard work, you often will get no response from hiring companies. What can a job seeker do to make the most of applying online?

In this brand new ILostMyJob.com webinar, Kathy Bernard, author of the http://www.getajobtips.com blog and host of several popular ILostMyJob.com webinars, will show you proven techniques to speed up the job application process and generate a greater response from hiring companies.

Every registrant will not only receive the slides to review again and again after the webinar, but also a downloadable tip sheet so that they can take immediate steps to master online job application systems.

Participants will also have the option to request Kathy’s Comprehensive Resume Review, a diagnostic test/resume review that can pinpoint problem areas in your resume and provide you with clear guidance about how to revamp your resume for maximum response.

If you want to master the online job application process, this webinar is for you!

Register for FREE

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Customer Service Job Fair

Location:
Workforce Partnership – Johnson County
9221 Quivira Rd.
Overland Park, KS 66215
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Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Free to attend.

Resumes are required and be sure to dress to impress to come meet with these employers:  Alliance Data, Convergys, Farmers Insurance, Manpower, NCO Financial, Plattform Advertising, Prescription Solutions and T-Mobile.

Types of positions include: office claim representatives, sales & service representatives, telesales advisors, customer service associates, customer support positions, pharmacy clerks & technicians, order management / lead pharmacy technicians, career advisor agents, customer service & work-at-home representatives.

Come to any Workforce Partnership [location] any day prior to the job fair to pre-register and learn more about the various positions.

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Saturday, December 17

Catholic Career Panel Roundtable Meeting

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

Our Christmas panel is 100% Job Club Alumni paying it forward by representing their current employers which include American Academy of Family Physicians,  Assurion,  Combined Arms Center – U.S. Army,  Comcast,  H&R Block,  JP Morgan,  KCPL, and Woody Financial Group.

Panel Roundtables present a refreshing venue for business owners and hiring managers to share company culture & employment opportunities with qualified and professional job seekers with no fees or cost not only to the job seeker, but the business owner as well (business casual).

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.

More Information about CCR

Article about CCR

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The KC Commons Grand Opening Event

Location:
The KC Commons
7932 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, KS 66204 
Google Map

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Join us to celebrate our grand opening of The KC Commons Coworking Cafe. Enjoy delicious free coffee, spiked cider, spiked wassail, scones, and other treats. Meet local entrepreneurs, browse our art gallery, and get a tour of our really cool space. Everyone’s invited!

Bring any canned food item to support Hillcrest Transitional Housing (or make a cash donation) and receive a raffle entry to win local gift certificates and half off your first month’s membership.

Register for Grand Opening Event

More Information about The KC Commons

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