Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of February 27

Below are the networking events for the week of February 27 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

Watch or Listen to New Landings Job Chat Interviews brought to you each week by Hector Silva and the rest of the New Landings Job Chat Team. Recent podcasts added are “Being Healthy Gives You an Edge in Life,”  “10 Keys to a Happier and Healthier Life,” “Building a Network and Networking,” “10.5 Keys to Making Your Profile Stand Out,” “Social Media To-Do’s for Job Seekers,” and “Careers in Nonprofits.” 


Monday, February 27

Kansas City Job Fair

Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 W. 12th Street
Kansas City, MO
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Meet face-to-face with top employers at the National Career Fairs Job Fair! Attendance is free for job seekers! Register and you will receive the company list and our online job fair guide. Free RESUME REVIEWS will be available at the event from our two local career experts.

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Register for Job Fair


How to Turn 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


Linking Professionals Private Event: Live Marketing

Sullivan’s of Leawood 
4501 West 119th Street
Leawood, KS 66209
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Time: 4:00pm – 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.

This Live Marketing(tm) concept ultimately yields “warm” leads as natural result of the work we do together at the event and by Laura on your behalf for the entire month of the event.

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 in a printed handout. 

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


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. 


#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 28

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

Tuesday Morning Meeting Info:

Granfalloon Bar & Grill
608 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Register for Tuesday Morning Meeting

Tuesday Afternoon Meeting Info:

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

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.

Register for Tuesday Afternoon Meeting

More Information about the Group


Coping with Change and Powerfully Dealing with Your Emotions So You can Get Back to Work Faster Webinar

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm CST

We are going to be dealing with the angst you may be feeling about your job search, lay-off, the economy, the news, the people in your life and anything else that you may be thinking about in a way that limits what is possible. 

In this results-oriented presentation, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to use your own challenges to decide and commit to what you want. 
  • Shift from focusing on “what is wrong” to focusing on “what works”. 
  • Your thoughts influence your job search. Discover how to rise above the circumstances in the news and take powerful action. 
  • Begin to reach out, connect, empower and support one another in order to move through these waves of change with ease and grace. 
  • Learn how to powerfully use your time and energy starting today.

Register for FREE


Applying for a Government Job 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

Projecting to hire 193,000 new employees over the next two years, the U.S. government is a great place to look for your next career opportunity. 

Many who have applied for a government job say, “Simply completing the application should win me some kind of award!” Some of the forms are lengthy, confusing and comprehensive.  The intent of this workshop is to help simplify the process for you.  You will learn tips and tricks for ensuring that your application is complete when filed and gets through the system as expeditiously as possible.

If available, bring your laptop as you will be accessing the government employment website.

Registration for the Workshop


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

Cost: $15 in advance. $17 at the door. 

Networking in a professional yet casual environment with a focus on post event communication & referrals.  Door Prizes! Light Appetizers provided.

More Information and Registration


Overland Park Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Happy Hour

RA Sushi
11638 Ash Street
Leawood, KS 66211
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Cost: $10.00 for non-members

Join fellow Young Professionals between the ages of 21-40 for the this Happy Hour hosted by RA Sushi. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and drink specials while networking with other area professionals.

For more info, contact Andrea at 913-491-3600.

Register Here


Beat Age Discrimination – Hire Yourself Webinar

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm CST

More and more middle-aged workers are being forced to explore alternative career options today.  

This month’s webinar will help those who don’t want to sit across the desk from a “20-something” HR manager and explain what they’ve been doing all these years and who know they bring a lot to the table and aren’t ready to call it quits. 

Don’t let someone discriminate against you!  Take charge of your career and explore your options. 

Register for FREE


Wednesday, February 29

Internet Marketing and Social Media Kansas City Meeting

This incredible group of business owners/entrepreneurs come together weekly to discuss everything social.

Wednesday Morning Meeting Info:

The Egg and I‎
8180 W. 135th St.
Overland Park, KS 66223

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Time: 9:30am – 11:00am

Register for Wednesday Morning Meeting

Wednesday Afternoon Meeting Info:

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

Register for Wednesday Afternoon Meeting


LinkedIn Boot Camp Webinar

Time: 11:00am – 12:15pm CST

LinkedIn guru Kathy Bernard will quickly and painlessly help you learn how to network like a pro, job search effectively and establish a powerful presence on LinkedIn … all in one fun and fast-paced hour. 

In this fast paced FREE 60 minute webinar, you will discover: 

  • How to establish a basic and advance LinkedIn profile that will get results.
  • Networking tips and strategies that really work. 
  • LinkedIn job search and small business promotion tools. 
  • How to secure exceptional LinkedIn recommendations.

Register for FREE


Leawood Young Professionals Lunch and Learn Event

Jewish Community Center 
5801 W. 115th St. 
Overland Park, Kansas 66211
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Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Cost: $25.00 for non-members

This event is open to young professionals between the ages of 21-39 years old.

Topic: Networking As a Business Strategy

Denise Mills offers a whole new perspective on strategic networking. Her presentation will include:

  • Practical ideas for making your networking purposeful.
  • Tips for meaningful small talk.
  • Strategies to expand your networking comfort zone.

Due to limited seating, advance reservations are REQUIRED for this event. Reservation deadline is Monday, February 27 at 12 Noon. 

More Information


Build an Attention-Grabbing Introduction Webinar

Hosted by Tammy Kabell from Career Resume Consulting

Time: Noon – 1:00pm CST

In job seeking, introducing yourself effectively, succinctly and naturally is imperative if you want people to remember you when they hear of a job opportunity or connection.

On Wednesday,February 29, Tammy Kabell from Career Resume Consulting will be guiding you through the steps of building a 30-second commercial, or Audio Business Card, that will turn heads in every networking situation. Worksheets will be provided, so that you can finish this exercise for your own situation. This is the most powerful “elevator speech” you can have.

Because your interview commercial should be framed differently, Tammy will also give her advice on the best way to answer the “tell me about yourself” question during a phone or face-to-face interview. She’ll share her trick on how to guide the interviewer to focus on your strengths from the beginning of the interview.

Register for Webinar


Crossroads Career Network Meeting

Woods Chapel United Methodist Church
4725 NE Lakewood Way
Lees Summit, MO
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Time: 6:30-7:30 pm in Room 301

Topic: Marketing Yourself into a New Career

Crossroads Career Network is a national organization supporting job seekers with practical search advice, emotional and spiritual support, prayer and fellowship. The Crossroads Career program at Woods Chapel is available to anyone seeking God’s plan for their professional lives. Our weekly meetings give you an opportunity to share with others your frustrations as well as your victories. Our ministry leaders also work one-on-one with you to guide you through the spiritual, emotional and practical aspects of a career transition.


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


Thursday, March 1

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

Location this week:
OMB Guns 
15765 South Keeler 
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.


Ways to Land a Job Besides Applying Online Webinar

Time: 11:00am – 12:15pm CST

Ever feel like you are sending your resume into a pit of no return when you apply for a job on an online site? 

This free workshop can help you outmaneuver the online process by influencing the hiring decision through other means.  

In this fast paced FREE 60 minute webinar, you will discover:  

  • Get external big wigs to vouch for you to the right people. 
  • Enlist internal candidates to influence the hiring decision. 
  • Contact and impress the hiring manager. 
  • Really “work” your messaging to prove you’re the best candidate. 

Register for FREE


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, March 2

Social Media Club of Kansas City Monthly Meeting

Kansas City Cafe

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

Topic: Building Your Internal Publishing Department

NOTE: A $5 fee will be collected at the door on Friday morning. You will be able to pay the $5 in cash or with credit. The $5 fee does not include breakfast or drinks at Kansas City Cafe. When you arrive, please make sure you check-in/pay at the designated table and then go to the back counter to order your breakfast and/or beverage.

We’re not sure who coined this thought, but all companies need to understand that they are operating two businesses these days…1) the business they are in, and 2) a publishing business. Content Marketing holds so many similarities to traditional publishing processes, but most companies don’t know how to think, act or consistently deliver like a publisher. This session will provide participants with a solid framework for building their own internal publishing department, and discuss some of the processes and tools used by today’s most successful content marketers.

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

#HFChat Transcript for Friday, February 24, 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.


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

Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm 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



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