Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of January 16

Below are the networking events for the week of January 16 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 16

Virtual Job Fair presented by ResumeSmith

Time: 7:00am – 7:00pm CST

What is a Virtual Job Fair? A place where you can interact with employers, see job openings and ask questions about the application process.

It’s kind of like a Twitter chat that lasts all day and is on Facebook instead!

How to Attend:

More Information on the Virtual Job Fair


How to Build Social Networks and Other Job Search Networks Fast Webinar

Time: Noon – 2:00pm CST

Companies prefer to hire through personal referrals and job hunters prefer to find jobs through networking. The only problems are that you have been too busy working to network, and no one has ever taught you how to build professionally relevant networks. Martin Yate, NY Times bestseller of the world-famous Knock em Dead career books, will show you how to build effective networks online and offline.  

You will learn:

  • How to build large, relevant, resilient professional networks 
  • The three networks everyone needs to succeed 
  • How to find and attract the right contacts for your networks 
  • How to get network contacts to help you 
  • How to find the names and titles of hiring managers for your target job 
  • How to get the most out of LinkedIn, professional associations and community networks 
  • Leveraging Facebook and other relevant networks 
  • How to double and triple the impact of every employer approach you make 
  • How to use social networks to switch from one industry to another 
  • How social networks can impact your visibility and credibility 

Register for FREE


#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 17

OMNI Employment Job Seeker Roundtable Meeting

OMNI Employment Management Services
7201 W. 110th St. (Suite 225)
Overland Park, KS 66210
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Time: 8:00am – 9:00am

Free to attend.

This is a very informal meeting and offers a great chance to network with other professionals and meet with Mike Tracy, Principal of OMNI Employment Management Services, LLC. This group is ideally geared to middle to upper management level candidates. Mike has been involved in the recruitment field for a number of years and has a multitude of helpful tips and suggestions to offer.

Please call us at 913.341.2119 or email Sheena Niermeier to register. 


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


Linking Professionals Informational Seminar – Combustion Marketing

Bonefish Grill
5021 W. 135th Street
Leawood, KS 66224
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Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Business Professionals in Kansas City and around the country are struggling to figure out how to market in the new digital age. Many jump too quickly to use SEO and social media without a plan. Learn how social media and traditional media should be combined with a comprehensive marketing plan to create “Combustion Marketing”. If you have the nagging notion that you should be doing more to grow your business, we invite you to this no pressure conversation.

Cost: $10. The $10 fee is for a plated lunch. The informational portion of the event is free!

More Information and to Register


LinkedIn Boot Camp Webinar

Time: 11:00am – 12:15pm CST

In this brand new webinar, Kathy Bernard, author of the blog and host of the popular 50 Tips to Land a Job after 50 webinar, will explain in easy-to-follow steps how to start or radically improve your LinkedIn presence. You will also discover how to quickly maximize your use of LinkedIn – the most powerful, professional online community – to target and reach hiring company representatives. Additionally, you’ll learn how to job search effectively on the site, research target companies and take advantage of LinkedIn’s amazing job-seeker resources.  

Every registrant will not only receive the slides to review again and again after the webinar, but also a free downloadable tip sheet so that they can implement the LinkedIn Boot Camp tips immediately.  

Register for FREE


CPI-KC (Career Partners International) Third Tuesday Connections

Barley’s Brewhaus
11924 W. 119th Street,

Overland Park, KS
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Free to attend. CPI-KC will provide the appetizers. Drink specials (cash bar).

  • Make new connections to expand your network
  • Talk about ways of growing your existing business
  • Learn more about dynamic enterprises in metro Kansas City
  • Practice your networking skills in a safe and informal environment
  • Discuss the latest in cutting-edge management techniques
  • Find advocates who are willing to open doors and make introductions to key decision makers

More Information and How to Register


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


Wednesday, January 18

KC Online Community Networking Event

10610 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Shawnee, KS 66203
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Time: 8:30am – 9:30am

No speaker, no agenda, no distractions… just networking! Join us for Wednesday Coffee at Scooters in Shawnee!

Only space for 30 so reserve your spot now. 

More Information and to Register


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: Financial Tips, Personal Branding, Intro to Linked-In Group

Meeting Agenda:

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


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


Re-Thinking the Brand Called You Webinar

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm 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


Thursday, January 19

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

Location this week:
Olathe Medical Center
21201 West 152nd St.
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.


KC Business Journal 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

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


The Essay Expert’s Top 10 Ways to Make Resume Writing Fun! Webinar

Time: 11:00am – 12:15pm CST

Resume writing does not have to be a drag.  In this webinar, Brenda Bernstein, Certified Advanced Resume Writer, will give you her Top 10 Ways to Make Resume Writing FUN!   

Register for FREE


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 current economic landscape in our community

Andrew Nave will address the following:

  • General economic update and statistics for Johnson County and the metro area 
  • Summary of economic development organizations and how we work to attract new employers 
  • Recent economic development projects / large employers 

Andrew Nave is the Economic Developer for the Shawnee Economic Development Council. 


Behind the Scenes:  A Showcase of bizperc Powered by Think Big Partners

1800 Baltimore Ave. (6th floor)
Kansas City, MO 
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Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Free to attend.

At bizperc, we’ve noticed a “coworking craze.”  Entrepreneurs love coming into our space to work with like-minded startups, accelerate with the Think Big Partners team and work in an inspiring and modern coworking space.

We’re changing the way businesses are built…and we want YOU to see it for yourself! 

At the Showcase, you will have the chance to interactively tour Kansas City’s modern coworking space and business accelerator, get a behind-the-scenes look at the startup creation process, showcase your own entrepreneurial ventures and learn how Think Big Partners is changing the way businesses are built…and why. 

Evening Agenda:

4:00: Meet Think Big Partners: the company that’s building companies

4:15: Tour the bizperc coworking space and see where the magic happens

5:00: Showcase your own entrepreneurial venture on bizperc’s 6th floor with a gorgeous view of downtown KC

More Information and to Register


KC Next IT Networking/Happy Hour Event

Arsalon Technologies 
10605 W. 84th Terrace.
Lenexa, KS
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Free to attend.

KCnext – The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City is joining Arsalon Technologies to celebrate its 10th Anniversary! 

Celebrate with us and enjoy complimentary cocktails, appetizers and live jazz.

To RSVP, please send an email to


KCK Chamber Business After Hours Networking Event

Granite City Brewery
1701 Village West Parkway
Kansas City, KS 66111
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Join the KCK Chamber and Granite City Brewery for an evening of food, drinks, and great networking opportunities. This event is free and open to the public.

More Information


Social Media Club of Kansas City Happy Hour Event

4742 Pennsylvania Ave.
Kansas City, MO 
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Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

No agenda for our January happy hour, just an opportunity to socialize in real life at O’Dowd’s on the Plaza.

More Information and Registration


Friday, January 20

#HFChat (#HireFriday Chat) on Twitter

This week’s topic: Referral Hiring

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 13, 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.


The Best Interview Strategy for Results Webinar

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm CST

I hear the excitement when people say, “I have an interview!”  Everything it takes to get to this important point in the job search, all of the work and effort of finding your target, planning, knowing your unique value, networking, writing your resume, finding the ideal positions, sending your resume, following up….and now…. you have an interview! 

Preparation 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 this webinar’s 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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