Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of April 9

Below are the networking events for the week of April 9 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.

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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 “The Difficult Interview Situation: Part 1,” “Job Loss: Rebuilding a Better You,” “Job Loss: Dealing with Aftershocks,” “Job Loss: The Immediate Inner Turmoil,” “FastTrac Program: A Portal For Entrepreneurs,” and “Being Healthy Gives You an Edge in Life.”

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Monday, April 9

How to Build Social Networks Fast with Martin Yate Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:30pm CDT

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

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Job Seekers Prayer and Support Group

Location:
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. 

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#JobHuntChat on Twitter

Time: 9:00pm CDT

Job Hunt Chat is a community where job seekers, recruiters, human resource professionals, career coaches, and hiring managers can connect. Discussion/questions shared on Twitter.com 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!

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Tuesday, April 10

Congressman Kevin Yoder Job Fair and Resource Expo

Location:
The Great Mall of the Great Plains
20700 West 151st St.
Olathe, KS
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9:00am – 10am: Exclusive to Veterans
10:00am – 1:00pm: Open to all Job Seekers

No need to register to attend.

More Information

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All Your LinkedIn Questions Answered Webinar

Time: 11:00am – 12:15pm CDT

Brenda Bernstein, The Essay Expert, will give a webinar EXCLUSIVELY for people focusing on answering individual questions. We’ll work fast to get you the key strategies you need, answering your live and written questions.

Register for FREE

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Internet Marketing and Social Media Kansas City Meeting

Tuesday Morning Meeting Info:

Location:
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:

Location:
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

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How to Feel Good and Stay Positive No Matter What Workshop presented by New Landings

Location:
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

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TEDxCrossroads Weekly Meeting

Location:
Barkley
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 coreilly@barkleyus.com. Or RSVP on Facebook

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Kansas Feet Up Network Meeting

Location:
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.

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Career Studios: Network for Your Career, Not Your Next Job Webinar

Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm CDT

How can so many displaced job seekers be unqualified? Where are employers advertising or searching for talent that they cannot find the candidates they need for open critical positions? What does it take for a candidate to find opportunities and get noticed by employers that interest them?

The solution is simple. Find opportunities and get connected to great employers by making yourself more visible. But, how?

Join us for an interview with our own Dorothy Tannahill Moran, Your Career Change Agent at Next Chapter New Life and MBA Highway and Tony Morrison, VP of Business Development at Cachinko.

In this webinar, we will present some networking tactical tips, offer a few icebreakers for introverts, discuss just how to always be networking to find and develop opportunities in the short-term and for the long-term health of your career and more.

Register for FREE

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Wednesday, April 11

Wednesday Acceleration Meeting with AAF-KC

Location:
Kansas City Cafe
1532 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Time: 7:30am – 9:00am

Cost: Non-member walk-up price is $7.00.

Kyle Rogers, Sporting Innovations strategist, will discuss the successes at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park and what the future holds for both organizations.

More Information and to Register

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Overland Park Chamber of Commerce Wednesday Wake Up – Networking Event

Location:
Chase Suite Hotel
6300 West 110th Street
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

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Professional Career Transitions Weekly Meeting

A FREE program for professionals in employment transition which uses current successful career exploration and job search techniques. We will have time for networking, education and workshop activities during each session.

Location:
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: Exploring Entrepreneurship

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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:

Location:
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:

Location:
J. Beans
3365 SW Fascination Drive
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
Google Map

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Register for Wednesday Afternoon Meeting

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Mastering Online Job Application Systems Webinar

Time: 2:00pm – 3:15pm CDT

In this highly competitive job market, most companies insist that you complete an online job application form to apply for their open positions. The trouble is, many such online application forms are horrible to complete!

This webinar will not only help you complete online job application systems as easily and effectively as possible, it will also show you how to stand out from the hundreds of other people who are also applying online. 

You’ll learn how to:

• Organize your efforts so you can apply online as quickly and painlessly as possible.
• Overcome computer quirks that can keep you from successfully applying online.
• Create a plain text resume to ensure you’re your submissions look just like you intended.

Register for FREE

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Nonprofit Job Club Meeting

Location:
Kauffman Conference Center 
4801 Rockhill Rd 
Kansas City, MO 64110
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Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

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

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Thursday, April 12

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

Location this week:
RBK, LLC DBA The Contractor’s Garage
15735 South US 169 Highway, Suite 101
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.

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Getting To the Decision Makers Workshop presented by New Landings

Location:
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

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

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm CDT

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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Behind the Scenes:  A Showcase of bizperc Powered by Think Big Partners

Location:
bizperc
1800 Baltimore Ave. (6th floor)
Kansas City, MO 
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Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Free to attend.

At bizperc, we’ve noticed a “coworking craze.”  Entrepreneurs love coming into our space to work with like-minded startups, accelerate with the Think Big Partners team and work in an inspiring and modern coworking space.

We’re changing the way businesses are built…and we want YOU to see it for yourself! 

At the Showcase, you will have the chance to interactively tour Kansas City’s modern coworking space and business accelerator, get a behind-the-scenes look at the startup creation process, showcase your own entrepreneurial ventures and learn how Think Big Partners is changing the way businesses are built…and why. 

Evening Agenda:

4:00: Meet Think Big Partners: the company that’s building companies

4:15: Tour the bizperc coworking space and see where the magic happens

5:00: Showcase your own entrepreneurial venture on bizperc’s 6th floor with a gorgeous view of downtown KC

More Information and to Register

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Silicon Prairie News Meetup with Startup Weekend Kansas City Event

Location:
The Cashew
2000 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Register for Event

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Friday, April 13

#HFChat (#HireFriday Chat) on Twitter

Time: 11:00 am – Noon CDT

#HireFriday is the only stream on twitter that focuses solely on job seekers strengths, knowledge and abilities. Discussion/questions shared on Twitter.com 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

If you are in the KC area and are searching for a job, send a note to Mark Van Baale at markvanbaale@gmail.com 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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Saturday, April 14

Overland Park Call Center Career Fair

Location:
10895 Lowell Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66213
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Time: 9:00am – Noon

Overland Park call center is currently seeking energetic and dedicated Customer Service, Processing and Collection Representatives. $10.50-$11 per hour + competitive bonus structure + daytime hours. Part-time evening shifts are also available.

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