Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of February 6

Below are the networking events for the week of February 6 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 “Building a Network and Networking,” “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, February 6

Helping Hands Connect Networking Event sponsored by Feet Up Network

Country Club Cafe
21911 W 66th St. Ste 101
Shawnee, KS 66226
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Time: 7:30am – 9:00am

The Feet Up Network is a group of business people from in and around the Kansas City area. We are all about small business, people and a relaxed atmosphere. Free Meetings. No real rules. The group meets weekly.

Free Coffee & 1/2 Priced Breakfast Items
Relaxed atmosphere for Networking.

More Information about the Group

Register for Meeting on Facebook


How to write a Knock em Dead resume Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:30pm 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


Job Seekers Prayer and Support Group

The Church of the Resurrection
Congregational Care conference Room (East Building – main level)
3720 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS 66224
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Time: 6:30pm

Offers a time of prayer, support and reflection in the midst of your job search. 


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


#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, February 7

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: 11:00am – 12:30pm

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


Linking Olathe Professionals Happy Hour Event

Applebees Olathe
16110 W. 135th Street
Olathe, KS 66062
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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


Missouri Feet Up Network Meeting

Pappi’s Pizzeria
405 Northwest Blue Parkway
Lee’s Summit, MO
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Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Feet-Up Network is a group of business professionals who like to get together, kick their feet-up and have a drink together.


Employment Through Community Meeting

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church,
7740 Lackman Road
Lenexa, KS 66217
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Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Topic: How I got the Job – What worked and what didn’t work

You are invited to join us on February 7 for a panel discussion and hear about those who recently got a job. Hear about their journeys and ask questions about what worked and what didn’t work. Come be inspired by those that have been on the same road and experienced the same inherent frustrations that every job seeker endures – and now they look back and say ‘the job search was tough, but I couldn’t be happier in my new opportunity’.

ETC (Employment Through Community) is an instruction and support group for people who are unemployed, underemployed or want to improve their job-seeking skills. So what makes us different from all the other job clubs? One very important distinction…we strive to be a compassionate light in the shadow of unemployment and uncertainty. We’ve been there. We can help with the interview as well as the prayers… with the resume polishing as well as the hope rekindling. You can look forward to a welcoming, friendly and supportive atmosphere. 

More Information about the ETC Group


Career Studios: Building an Online Persona that Gets Results Webinar

Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm CST

Please join us for this exciting event when we interview Mona Abdel-Halim, entrepreneur, expert and co-creator of and Shawn Graham author, speaker and consultant on careers and small business about Online Persona.

No matter what you’ve done in your job search so far, if you aren’t online, you’ve lost a huge recruiting opportunity. Even if you’re online, what is the impression you’re giving about who and what you’re all about? Is it consistent with where you’re planning on going in your career?

In this teleseminar you’ll discover:

  • What is meant by Online Persona and why it is vital to our job search and career.
  • How to develop your persona to get noticed by employers.
  • How to balance different identities online.
  • What to communicate if you’re making a career transition

Register for FREE


Wednesday, February 8

Overland Park Chamber of Commerce Wednesday Wake Up – Networking Event

The Central Exchange
(First National Center)
6201 College Boulevard, Suite 245
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.

More Information and How 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: Networking, Working with Recruiters, Interviewing & Negotiating

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


Building Your Self Confidence for a Successful Job Search Webinar

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm CST

Here is an opportunity to get beyond the years of worry and concern about being “good enough”. This is about having the inner-strength to know what you want and to go after it confidently. Self-confidence impacts your job search as well as your happiness in life.

Join us for this Free Webinar and learn how the feeling of “not being enough” is an illusion that impacts millions of people. 

You will have the opportunity to: 

  •  Learn the keys to building your self-confidence for success in your Job Search.
  • The tools to make lasting changes in your pattern of thinking. 
  • Shift from “not enough” to truly having self-worth.
  • Stop the pattern of comparing yourself to others.
  • Start living from who you already are, not from who want to be. 
  • Discover how easy you can go from invisible to VISIBLE. 
  • Build and strengthen your attitude – Be a Yes to YOU.
  • Adopt a self-concept that grows your potential every single day.

Register for FREE


2012 Spring Career Fair for University of Kansas students ONLY

Kansas Union Ballroom, 5th floor
13th St and Oread Ave
Lawrence, KS, 66044
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Time: 2:00pm – 6:00pm CST

This event is free and open to all students.

For details and a list of participating employers, go to

Register for Career Fair


KC Cowork Open House

KC Cowork
3500 W. 75th Street
Prairie Village, KS
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

This networking event is open to all entrepreneurs and small business owners who are interested in coworking in the Prairie Village area. Come hungry! Appetizers and drinks will be provided during the event.  


More Information


Thursday, February 9

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

Location this week:
18103 West 106th 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.


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


How to Write a Killer LinkedIn Profile Webinar

Time: 11:00am – 12:15pm CST

If you are a professional in any industry, you simply can’t afford to have a mediocre LinkedIn profile. Your potential employers will all be scrutinizing your profile, and you want to make a great impression. Brenda Bernstein, LinkedIn profile writer and strategist, and author of the e-book LinkedIn Power Tune-Up: 18 Expert Tips for a Highly Effective LinkedIn Profile, will take you through the most important sections of your profile and the most important strategies for getting found.

Topics covered: 

  • Why care about LinkedIn? 
  • What’s the point of 500+ connections? 
  • What should I write in my headline to get found? 
  • What should I write in my Summary? 
  • What are LinkedIn applications and how do I use them? 
  • How do I add LinkedIn’s new sections to my profile? 
  • How can I make the most of LinkedIn groups?

Register for FREE


Linking Professional Women Networking Lunch (CANCELLED – New date: February 21)

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

We will be discussing a very serious topic at our February networking lunch. Maria Holiday, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, will share her fight for tougher sentencing guidelines that began 15 years ago. Featured on “60 Minutes” concerning sexual predators, we look forward to learning how our current system to track and stop convicted offenders could be (should be) improved to protect our children.

More Information and Registration


New Landings Networking Event

Paddy O’Shay’s
West side of Nieman Road at 135th Street (in the shopping plaza)
11300 W. 135th St.
Overland Park, KS 66221
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Time: 5:00pm – 8:30pm

Free to attend.


Friday, February 10

#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, February 3, 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.


Re-Think Your Job Search for 2012 Webinar

Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm CST

This webinar teaches you to take your power back on your job search and everywhere in your life.

Learn how you can use simple systems that allow you to be effective on your job search using a proven process that can turn any frustration and obstacle into an opportunity – on the spot!

Register for FREE



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