Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of March 12

Below are the networking events for the week of March 12 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 “FastTrac Program: A Portal For Entrepreneurs,” “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,” and “Social Media To-Do’s for Job Seekers.”


Monday, March 12

How to Build Social Networks Fast with Martin Yate Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:30pm 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 netwoek 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, March 13

Internet Marketing and Social Media Kansas City Meeting

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


How to Feel Good and Stay Positive No Matter What 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

MK Mueller (also known as “The Gratitude Guru”) is an international trainer, business coach, keynoter and the author of two books, Taking Care of Me:The Habits of Happiness and 8 to Great: The Powerful Process for Positive Change. Her interactive and engaging workshop will cover topics such as:

  • A powerful process for getting in touch with your biggest dreams
  • A guaranteed positive attitude formula that is simple to live and teach
  • A decision-making formula to help you make the right decisions every time
  • A forgiveness formula for releasing past hurts and mistakes
  • A one-minute formula for starting every day in a feel-good way

Registration for the Workshop


Kansas Feet Up Network Meeting

Pizza Maker
8725 Bourgade Street
Lenexa, KS
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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.

We usually have around 15-25 people at these meetings. Members say that it helps them build relationships. Come on out and have a drink, meet some new friends and forge some great partnerships.


Wednesday, March 14

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:

J. Beans
3365 SW Fascination Drive
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
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Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Register for Wednesday Afternoon Meeting


#1 Cover Letter Technique to Grab Hiring Manager’s Attention Webinar

Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm CST

A recent study done by the folks over at shows half of hiring managers won’t consider you without a cover letter, and that two-thirds of hiring managers will not hire you based on what they read in your cover letter.

Join CareerHMO CEO, J.T. O’Donnell for a down-and-dirty look at the number one cover letter technique.

In this recession, you can’t afford not to learn how to grab a hiring manager’s attention by making the right impression. O’Donnell will show you the secret that will transform your cover letters from boring to brilliant!

Register for FREE


Creating a Powerful Foundation and Plan for Your Job Search Webinar

Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm 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. 

Overcoming indecision, fear and obstacles means you must have a plan and a solid foundation. Within your plan will be a series of goals which absolutely must be met.

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


Nonprofit Job Club Meeting

Kauffman Conference Center 
4801 Rockhill Rd 
Kansas City, MO 64110
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Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

The Nonprofit Job Club connects job seekers to the Kansas City nonprofit community.  

  • Refresh your jobseeking skills
  • Learn more about the nonprofit sector
  • Network to gain new contacts

Each meeting, speakers cover topics related to jobseeking or attendees will hear from a panel of nonprofit professionals about their specific roles (e.g., executive director, fundraiser, program delivery, finance, etc) within their organizations. Attendees also learn more about the nonprofit sector, how to find volunteer opportunities, and how to research nonprofit organizations. Time is also devoted for attendees to network and practice their “30-second elevator speech”. 

More Information


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: Networking

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.


Thursday, March 15

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

Location this week:
Hampton Inn of Olathe 
12081 South Strang Line Road 
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.


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


Johnson County Library’s Career Tour presented by New Landings

Central Resource Library
Carmack Community Room
9875 W. 87th St.
Overland Park, KS 66212 
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Free to attend.

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Looking for a job? Exploring career options? Johnson County Library has a wealth of resources to help you assess your skills, improve your resume, find job openings, research potential employers, locate job clubs and more. Learn about the resources on the Career and Job Resources webpage which include several career-related databases ( and tour the Central Resource Library.



KCK Chamber Business After Hours Networking Event

Dub’s Dread Golf Club
12601 Hollingsworth Road
Kansas City, KS 66109 
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Join the KCK Chamber and the American Red Cross for an evening of food, drinks, and great networking opportunities. This event is free and open to the public.

More Information


Friday, March 16

#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

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.


Ten Common Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Job Search with Donna Fedor Webinar

Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm CST

In this presentation, we are going to break it down so you can learn the COMMON MISTAKES made by job seekers and more importantly how to get it right so you are a top candidate. Donna Fedor has helped place thousands of people in jobs they love, and she wants to assist you so you too can land your dream job. 

Register for FREE


Saturday, March 17

“Not so Young Professionals” Social Night with Leawood Chamber of Commerce

Homer’s Coffee House
7126 West 80th Street
Overland Park, KS 66204
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Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Join us Saturday night at Homer’s Coffee House for “Not-So-Young” Professionals night. Meet new friends at 6:30. Music starts at 7:30 and goes until 9:30. Music provided by Jim Mathis and Sky Blue. Everyone welcome!




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