Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of January 9

Below are the networking events for the week of January 9 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 “Careers in Nonprofits,” 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 9

How to write a Knock em Dead resume Webinar

Time: Noon – 2:00pm CST

You want a resume that actually works. NY Times bestseller Martin Yate, of the world-renowned Knock em Dead career books, will show you How to Write a Knock em Dead Resume. He’ll show you how to sell yourself as the competent and committed professional you are, without sounding like a snake-oil salesman.

You will learn:

  • Why your resume isn’t working and how to create one that does. 
  • The opportunity-killing mistake suffered by 75% of all resumes 
  • The two reasons your jobs exists 
  • How to build a resume that gets pulled from resume databases 
  • How to make it resonate with recruiters’ and hiring mangers’ eyes 
  • All the component parts & layout of a killer resume 
  • How to gather and order the information you need to build a killer resume 
  • Insider writing and editing tactics. 
  • How to objectively evaluate the quality of your resume 

Register for FREE


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.

Cost: $50.

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.

Prior to the 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. Additionally, Laura will be working diligently to reach out to the desired business connections you provided during online registration.

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. 

At each event, you will receive a list of all registrants that will include the same information you provided Laura prior to the event. We will begin with organized introductions and then mingle in a nice setting.

After the event, Laura will reach out once again to the contacts/industries you desire meeting to invite them to future events. Each guest will also receive a follow up e-mail that includes all registrant info.

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, January 10

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


Creating a Powerful Foundation and Plan for Your Job Search Webinar

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm CST

Being on a job search can sometimes seem like an endurance contest. For many people it seems too hard right from the beginning and they stop taking actions necessary to forge ahead on their search. Others last a little longer and they too mentally give up. Frustrated and doubting that they’ll ever get another job. 

In this presentation, we will focus on the path to success starting with changing your mindset. Then we will cover everything you need to do to ensure you have a solid plan and foundation. It is smart to prepare your mind so that you can go the distance and take advantage of every opportunity to have that competitive edge.   

You will learn:

  • How to “improve the way you think” resulting in less frustration and more action on your search 
  • Powerful strategies for building your plan and strong foundation 
  • How you can feel the best every single day 
  • What relationships are absolutely necessary to drive you forward 

Register for FREE


Reinventing Your Job Search in the New Year Webinar

Time: 1:00pm CST

It doesn’t matter if you’re a new job seeker or a seasoned job search veteran. This webinar will focus on new job search tools, tactics, and attitudes that every job seeker needs to land an awesome job in 2012.

Speaker Bio:
Heather R. Huhman is the Career & Recruiting Advisor for Cachinko. She is also the founder & president of Come Recommended, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships: The Truth About Getting from Classroom to Cubicle (2011), #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.

Register for FREE


Young Nonprofit Professionals Network/KC Monthly Gathering

Tower Tavern
401 E. 31st St.
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Free to attend.

Organization connects professionals who are new to the nonprofit sector or those wanting to meet others in this sector. 


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

Contact or RSVP on Facebook.


Career Studios: 5 Hottest Ways For Mid Careerist to Transition in 2012 Webinar

Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm CST

Kick off the New Year right with inspiration and great ideas from JT O’Donnell. JT O’Donnell is the founder of Careerealism the internet’s top 5 career blog, CEO of Career HMO the only web based career service, author and syndicated columnist. JT will get you fired up and ready to go after that career dream – THIS YEAR!

Being in mid-career has its challenges. We become tied to our standard of living and have many other things at stake like family, friends and our own ego when we start thinking about making a career transition. Is now the right time? Can I afford to make a change? I’m looking for more but I just don’t know what?

In this teleseminar you will learn:

  • What the most common fears are with career change and how to overcome them
  • The top 5 things you can do to move forward – this year
  • How to get started and what you next steps are
  • What to do to ensure you love that next step

Register for FREE


Wednesday, January 11

Social Media Club of Lawrence Weekly Meeting – Jobs in Social Media

The Java Break

17 E. 7th St. 
Lawrence, KS
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Time: 7:30am – 8:30am

This week’s topic is jobs and social media. We’ll discuss how to find a job in social media as well as ways to incorporate social media into your current job.

We will be sharing techniques, networks and success stories. If you are looking for a job or have ideas to help others, please join us.

Register for SMC Lawrence Breakfast


Overland Park Chamber of Commerce Wednesday Wake Up – Networking Event

Equity Bank
(Allied National Building)
4551 West 107th Street, Suite 210
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 8:00am – 9:00am

Cost: $5.00 for non-members

Start your work day off right by networking with your business colleagues at Wednesday Wake-up. You’ll enjoy casual mingling, breakfast foods, brief updates and the opportunity to win fabulous door prizes!

For more info, contact Andrea at

Register Here


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.

Register for Meeting


Thursday, January 12

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

Location this week:
City of Olathe
100 East Santa Fe Street
Olathe, KS 66051
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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


JobNewsKC Career Fair

Holiday Inn Kansas City CoCo Key Water Resort
9103 E. 39th St.
Kansas City, MO 64133
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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.

Register for Career Fair


Friday, January 13

#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, January 6, 2012

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.


Linking Professionals Lunch for Women

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

Please register in advance. 

11:00 – 11:30: Check in and network
11:30 – 12:45: Lunch is served and speaker begins
12:45 – 1:00: Speaker Questions, closing announcements, network  

More Information and Registration



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