Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of January 2

Below are the networking events for the first week of January 2012 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 “KC Nonprofits and the Nonprofit Workforce,”  “Building Rapport,” Developing Your Persuasion Skills, “How to Apply Your Communication Skills, and “Job Loss: Rebuilding a Better You.” 


Monday, January 2

#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, January 3

Internet Marketing and Social Media Kansas City Meeting

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

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 Tuesday Meeting


Career Wake Up Call Teleseminar

Free to attend. Hosted by Abby Kohut from Absolutely Abby.

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm CST

Your career needs a wake up call! Join the lively twice monthly teleseminars for answers to your job search
and career development questions.

If you are in job search mode or in anything less than your perfect career, you can’t afford to miss these call!

Register for Teleseminar


Wednesday, January 4

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 Internet marketing, social media, and their businesses. Job seekers can attend to network.

More Information about the Group

Register for Wednesday Meeting


Discover Your Calling – 6 Part Series Online Workshop presented by Pursuing Your Calling

By the end of this workshop, you’ll have your own personal calling written out. You’ll have your top 3 career interest areas and top 5 jobs that fit within that calling. And…you’ll have an action plan to move forward with your calling.

Starts January 4, 2012 at 6:30 pm CST.

You will also receive: 

  • Free copy of ‘Pursuing Your Calling’ audiobook
  • Free copy of ‘Pursuing Your Calling’ printed book
  • 1 free hour of one on one coaching with 2 coaches

Cost: $499 Special discount offer for those who are readers of this blog! Sign up for only $299 now!

More Information and How to Register

Email to get the special discount offer for this workshop. Mention you heard about this workshop on KC Job Seekers Blog to get the discount. 


Career Opportunities Office Hour Google+ Hangout

Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm CST

This is an open discussion of whatever career topics are on your mind. Bring your questions and discussion topics.

More Information and How to Join Google+ Hangout


Thursday, January 5

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

Location this week:
Prairie Life Fitness
13655 South Alden Street
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.


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: “Identifying & Zapping Energy Drains”

Speaker Bio:

Sarah Uchytil created “Sarah U Coach” because she believes in coaching. Sarah worked in corporate America for 14 years in accounting, financial analysis and business consulting, and has experienced firsthand the need for coaching to improve our daily lives.

Through coaching, Sarah has learned how to remove the energy drains from her life and focus on what she really wants. She has learned how to say NO to people, activities and situations which did not serve her highest good. 


The Resume Reboot 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

In the current job market, with unemployment hovering at around 9%, and the “broad unemployment rate” nearly 18%, it is absolutely essential that your resume make you irresistible to hiring managers.  It needs to highlight the skills you can bring to any position, and minimize any liabilities that would keep you from getting an interview.  You need a resume that really tells an employer what you bring to a position that separates you from the crowd.  You need to communicate YOUR STORY.  

If you are getting no response from your current resume, you owe it to your career and yourself to attend this free workshop.

In this two-hour workshop, Tammy Kabell will teach you step-by-step how to put together the components of a successful resume.  She will help you identify your skills that can be transferred to multiple industries, as well as resume strategies to overcome obstacles in your search, such as long unemployemnt or advanced experience / age.  Most importantly, Tammy will show you how to craft a resume that truly defines your strengths and achievements, and shows your next employer what you are capable of.

Registration for the Workshop


Friday, January 6

Social Media Club of Kansas City Monthly Meeting

Update: There is a waiting list for those who have not signed up yet. If more space opens up and you are listed on the waitlist, you may get a spot to attend the breakfast. 

Kansas City Cafe

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

Topic: Social Media in the Corporate World

What are the most pressing issues facing corporate social media professionals as we head in to 2012? Join us for breakfast and a panel discussion with Scott Gulbransen of H&R Block, Julie Weeks of Boulevard Brewing Co. and Shane Adams of AMC Theatres. We will be discussing the high-touch demands of social in a corporate environment, the risks of combining personal and corporate brands, the extension of social beyond the marketing department, and the growth of rich content shared socially. 

Register for SMCKC Breakfast


#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

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.




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