Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of March 26

Below are the networking events for the week of March 26 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 “Job Loss: Dealing with Aftershocks,” “Job Loss: The Immediate Inner Turmoil,” “FastTrac Program: A Portal For Entrepreneurs,” “Being Healthy Gives You an Edge in Life,”  “10 Keys to a Happier and Healthier Life,” and “Building a Network and Networking.”


Monday, March 26

Leading Yourself Through Change 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

One thing is constant in today’s business world:  change. While many of the changes may be out of our control, understanding the process of change and using a well-researched framework to guide yourself through change will help you stay afloat in a fast-pace world. Come listen to Maureen Purcell from SoLwork LLC present “Leading Yourself through Change”. She will describe the change process in a simple and easy-to-understand manner. Learn how to avoid negativity, increase your resilience, and minimize your stress levels throughout any change process. 

Registration for the Workshop


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.

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.

UPDATE: Registration has closed. 


#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 27

How to Create a Dynamic Online Presence as a Job Seeker Webinar

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am CDT

When recruiters go online searching for their perfect candidate, will they find you?

Are you maximizing your use of Google and social media sites so that employers get a clear picture of you and what you can offer them?

Cheryl Palmer is a career coach and a certified professional resume writer who is committed to assisting job seekers searching for a job more effectively in a tight market. 

On Tuesday, March 27, she will offer a complimentary webinar where you will learn how to position yourself to be found by recruiters whether you are actively or passively searching for new employment.

During the event you will learn:

  • How to use social media in your job search to optimize your online presence.
  • Steps to getting your profile noticed.
  • Mistakes to avoid.

Register for FREE


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

—————————————————————————————————————————————————- Northeast Kansas Career Expo

Marriott SpringHill Suites 
One Riverfront Plaza 
Lawrence, KS 66044
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Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Free admission. 

Are you searching for your next exciting career?

On March 27th the Northeast Kansas Career Expo will be host to 40 businesses seeking talent for their organizational needs. Hiring organizations will have the opportunity to pitch the benefits of working with their team as well as spotlight current roles to be filled.

More Information

RSVP on Facebook


Ways to Land a Job Besides Applying Online Webinar

Time: 2:00pm – 3:15pm 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 and much, much more.

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


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


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.

There usually is 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 28

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


Overland Park Career Fair

Holiday Inn Hotel
8787 Reeder Street
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Free admission. 

More Information and to Register


LinkedIn Job Search Fundamentals Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:00pm CDT

This free, monthly, 60-minute training is the 2nd part of the LinkedIn Job Search Fundamentals webinar series and includes additional strategies to leverage LinkedIn at every stage of your job search. Designed for members already familiar with LinkedIn’s tools, this webinar is based on job search questions submitted by members like you.

Learn how to:

  • Increase visibility with recruiters in your industry.
  • Reach out to hiring managers directly.
  • Overcome common job search challenges.
  • Leverage the secrets of successful job seekers.

Register for FREE


Linking Professionals Diva’s Roundtable Event

1201 W 103 Street
Kansas City, MO 64114
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Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

A two hour opportunity to network in a roundtable format; offered twice monthly. Ongoing, the event will be from 4:30-6:30 the 2nd & 4th Tuesday monthly.

Light appetizers provided at 4:30. Cash bar.

At 4:45 a casual roundtable will begin where each attendee will have 5 minutes to share in an organized format. After the initial round, there will be time to revisit topics that could benefit from group input. This “give” and the sincere feedback among professionals is what make the group special.

More Information and Registration


Overland Park Chamber of Commerce Wednesday Wrap-Up – Networking Event

Hechler Orthodontics
12800 Metcalf Avenue, Suite 1
Overland Park, Kansas
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Cost: $10.00 for non-members

You’ve had a busy day at the office. Now it’s time to loosen the tie and join your business colleagues at Wednesday Wrap-up. You’ll enjoy casual mingling, food and drinks, brief updates from a Chamber rep, and the opportunity to win fabulous door prizes.

More Information and How to Register


Thursday, March 29

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

Location this week:
13509 South Mur-Len Road, Suite 125A 
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.


The Best Interview Strategy for Results Webinar

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm CST

There is 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


Live Q&A with LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman Webinar

Time: 8:30pm– 9:30pm CDT

Live Q&A with LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman & entrepreneur/author Ben Casnocha to discuss career strategies in today’s market.

Register for FREE


Friday, March 30

#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.


Radical Perspectives on Conducting a Successful Job Search Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:00pm CDT

Bruce Hurwitz, president and CEO of Hurwitz Strategic Staffing, will review the misconceptions candidates have about the job search process.

Using real world examples from his over eight years executive recruitment and career counseling experience, Bruce will explain to his webinar participants how to secure a job offer.

Register for FREE


Next week’s Events:

Tuesday, April 3

New Landings Networking Event

Sheraton Hotel at the Convention Center
6100 College Boulevard 
Overland Park, KS 66211
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Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Free to attend. Light appetizers provided

  • Opportunity to Meet and Mingle with members of the New Landings Talent Community.
  • Real world networking essential to building and creating lasting relationships.
  • Make Professional Relationships (Priceless)



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