Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of January 30

Below are the networking events for the week of January 30 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 “10.5 Keys to Making Your Profile Stand Out,” “Social Media To-Do’s for Job Seekers,” “Careers in Nonprofits,” and KC Nonprofits and the Nonprofit Workforce.” 


Monday, January 30

Turning Interviews into Offers with Martin Yate Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:30pm CST

Economic survival and professional success make the job interview is the most important meeting you ever attend. You need interviews to get job offers, and you need to outperform the competition to win the job offer.

The BIG problem is that no one showed you how to ace a job interview but it is a skill you will need time and again over the years. For twenty-five years Martin Yate has been the world’s interview magician, teaching millions how to turn interviews into offers.  

You will learn:

  • Who gets hired and why 
  • The five secrets behind every hire ever made.
  • The focus you must have for success at any interview.
  • How to think like the interviewer and how it helps. 
  • How to predict the questions you will be asked. 
  • How to have great answers ready for any tough interview question. 
  • How to discover your own behavioral profile for professional success. 
  • Questions to ask that advance your candidacy.
  • When to talk about money and benefits.
  • How to handle the “greatest weakness” question.
  • How to handle the salary question.

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 31

Internet Marketing and Social Media Kansas City Meeting (2 Meetings this Day)

Granfalloon Bar & Grill
608 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Granite City Food & Brewery
8461 NW Prairie View Rd
Kansas City, MO 64153
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Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

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 1 or 2


How to Show and Tell You are the Best Candidate for the Job Webinar

Time: 11:00am – 12:15pm CST

If a hiring company doesn’t know you and hasn’t seen your work, they don’t know why you are uniquely qualified for their job opening. You have to SHOW and TELL them why you are the best candidate for their open position. 

You will learn how to:

  • SHOW hiring companies your superior abilities through samples, presentations and other creative means (including many breakthrough ideas submitted by job seekers and recent hires) 
  • TELL them your qualifications through smart online application, resume and cover letter strategies; and by preparing influential people to tell your story on your behalf.

Register for FREE


Linking Professionals Happy Hour Event

Nick & Jake’s 
6830 W 135th St
Overland Park, KS 66223
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Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

More Information and Registration


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, February 1

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: Resume Enhancement – WOW Factor & How to Market Yourself 

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 (2 Meetings this Day)

Southside Mafia Pizzeria‎
12627 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66213
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Time: 9:30am – 11:00am

Rumors Steakhouse
4835 Northeast Lakewood Way 
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
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Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

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 1 or 2


Thursday, February 2

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

Location this week:
Salty Iguana Mexican Restaurant
10478 South Ridgeview Road
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.


Finding Your Passion, Purpose, and Power in Career Transition Webinar

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm CST

Are you eager to live the life you deserve yet just don’t know where to start? Do you want to feel passion for life and use it towards your life purpose?

It’s time to stop yearning for an extraordinary life, and start living your passion, purpose and power. Stop trying to survive your day to day life and learn to direct your steps with new energy and optimism as you head into the future “you” get to choose. Being in a career transition is a perfect time to explore what’s possible for you. 

  • Learn how to be captain of your own ship.
  • Learn how to instantly build your self-confidence. 
  • Learn the essentials needed shift your emotions empowering you toward your future. 
  • Learn how to accelerate your success and how to stay on your path.
  • Learn how to eliminate unwanted habits and behaviors that are holding you back. 
  • Learn what relationships are necessary to drive you forward toward the fulfillment of your ultimate life. 

Register for FREE


New Landings Bi-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: “Struggling to sell yourself?” 

Do you feel powerless or overwhelmed in the process of selling yourself? Are you challenged to see sustainable progress in the job search process? Elizabeth Allen has developed a specific process and program designed to squarely address these issues. To engage your potential, you need a framework by which to effectively shift your mindset applying a practical approach to enable you to drive market demand for what it is that you uniquely offer. She will present compelling market research that will help you to understand what’s necessary to compete successfully in today’s market and will review a simple yet highly intuitive process that you can immediately apply in order to accelerate the effectiveness of your job search activities. You are an economy of one.

Elizabeth Allen is the principal of MarketSmartz, a sales consulting firm based in Kansas City. Self-employed the age of 25, Elizabeth has worked in every facet of strategic market planning, national brand execution and executive sales management. She has served as a facilitator for The Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac program and as a mentor for the Kansas University MBA Graduates Program. Elizabeth has consulted as a marketing expert for projects with Sprint, IBM, 3M, and Pfizer, and is a founding member of the Kansas City United Way Women’s Leadership Council. 

A frequent speaker, Elizabeth is a business thought leader who delivers cutting-edge insights and very practical advice on how everyone can benefit from understanding the entrepreneurial mindset and sales process. Over the past decade, she has dedicated the focus of her consulting practice to pioneering a breakthrough entrepreneurial sales methodology, The CODE for Sales. This method assumes that the only difference between someone who is in transition and someone who has become an entrepreneur is that one has decided they have something to sell! This universal truth applies to those in transition across the spectrum. For those seeking traditional employment (selling themselves to potential employers) to those considering self-employment or contract based work, the challenge and core process of selling is the same. This best practice business process has been adapted to empower individuals to re-claim their right to be an economy of one. It is summarized in Elizabeth’s book The Economy of One, CODE for Free Agents which is available on Amazon.


Friday, February 3

#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 27, 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.



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