Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of May 14

Below are the networking events for the week of May 14 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  “Saying Yes To No – Learning To Set Boundaries,” “Why Write a Cover Letter with Diane Stafford from the KC Star,” “Managing Your References with Diane Stafford from the KC Star,” “Tools for a Difficult Interview Situation” “The Difficult Interview Situation: Part 2,” and “The Difficult Interview Situation: Part 1.”

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Monday, May 14

Get a New Job While You Have the Old One Webinar

Time: 1:00pm – 1:30pm CDT

It’s no secret that way too many people are holding onto jobs that they know are not a fit, or that make them downright miserable. The reasons are many- fear of making a change, unsure of what they want to do next, or don’t believe they have the time or energy for a job search. And sometimes, a bad job is better than no job. 

We are all out of dust, but we do have the next best thing- actionable tips, tools and strategies to get you moving toward the job that will have you “skipping to the shower” on Monday mornings. 

Join us and learn three key steps you can take while you are still working to get a head start on your search for career happiness.

Register for FREE

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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, May 15

OMNI Employment Job Seeker Roundtable Meeting

Location:
OMNI Employment Management Services
7201 W. 110th St. (Suite 225)
Overland Park, KS 66210
Google Map

Time: 8:00am – 9:00am

Free to attend.

This is a very informal meeting and offers a great chance to network with other professionals and meet with Mike Tracy, Principal of OMNI Employment Management Services, LLC. This group is ideally geared to middle to upper management level candidates. Mike has been involved in the recruitment field for a number of years and has a multitude of helpful tips and suggestions to offer.

Please call us at 913.341.2119 or email Sheena Niermeier to register. 

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biz2biz Networking Meetings

First Tuesday Morning Meeting Info:

Location:
Edward Jones Office
5725 Nieman Rd., Suite D
Shawnee, KS
Google Map

North of Johnson Drive on the East side of the street. If using the North parking lot, park on the East side of the lot only. More parking available across the street to the West and to the North.

Time: 8:00am – 9:00am

$5.00 entry. Non-profit staff can come for free. Coffee and hot tea is provided.

Guest Speaker Information for this Meeting

Second Tuesday Morning Meeting Info:

Location:
Scooter’s Coffeehouse
11106 Antioch Road
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm

$5.00 entry. Non-profit staff can come for free. 

More Information about the Group

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We’re Talkin’ Tuesday” Networking Group Meeting

Location:
Mainstreet Credit Union
6025 Lamar Ave. 
Mission, KS
Google Map

Time: 8:00am – 9:30am

Free to attend. 

Bring lots of business cards and meet business owners from the Johnson County and Kansas City metro area. 

Contact Sara Kentzler at skentzler@nejcchamber.com or 913-262-2141 for more information. 

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Northland Cathedral Community Job Fair and Career Expo

Location:
Northland Cathedral
101 N.W. 99th Street
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Free to attend.

Employers and employment resources from around the area will be present, and breakout sessions will be offered to assist men and women in finding employment, networking, resume writing, mock interviewing, volunteering, handling stress, managing your finances, and much more.

Lunch is free to the first 300 pre-registered attendees. This event is open to the public. Bring your resume and come dressed for success. Registration is recommended.

More Information and to Register

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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
Google Map

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
Google Map

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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Building Your Self Confidence for a Successful Job Search Webinar

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm CDT

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

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CPI-KC (Career Partners International) Third Tuesday Connections

Location:
Barley’s Brewhaus
11924 W. 119th Street,
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Free to attend. CPI-KC will provide the appetizers. Drink specials (cash bar).

  • Make new connections to expand your network
  • Talk about ways of growing your existing business
  • Learn more about dynamic enterprises in metro Kansas City
  • Practice your networking skills in a safe and informal environment
  • Discuss the latest in cutting-edge management techniques
  • Find advocates who are willing to open doors and make introductions to key decision makers

More Information and How to Register

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TEDxCrossroads Weekly Meeting

Location:
Barkley
1740 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Google Map

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.

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Missouri Feet Up Network Meeting

Location:
Pappi’s Pizzeria
405 Northwest Blue Parkway
Lee’s Summit, MO
Google Map

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.

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Internet Job Search Workshop

Location:
Mid-Continent Public Library
9253 Blue Ridge Road
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Free to attend.

Learn successful techniques to manage all aspects of your Internet job search campaign from a certified resume writer and certified career coach.

The following topics will be covered:

  • The new social networking and specific strategies for your job search.
  • Job searching online (including online classifieds), keywords and their usage.
  • The reason you need an electronic resume.
  • What you need to know about doing company research.

Attendees must be able to navigate Internet sites effectively and have an understanding of Microsoft Word.

Register for Workshop

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Wednesday, May 16

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

Google Map

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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Kansas City Career Fair

Location:
Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel
200 W. 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 
Google Map

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Free to attend.

Free resume reviews will be available at the event from two local career experts.

Registration and List of Companies Attending

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biz2biz Networking Meeting

Wednesday Morning Meeting Info:

Location:
Scooter’s Coffeehouse
11106 Antioch Road
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm

$5.00 entry. Non-profit staff can come for free. 

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Leawood Chamber After Hours Networking Event

Location:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
11652 Ash Street
Leawood, Kansas 66211
Google Map

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

No cost to attend. Registration deadline is Monday, May 14, by 5:00 pm, so make sure you RSVP today.

Leawood Chamber members, their guests, and ‘future’ Chamber members are invited to join us at our After Hours event.

Update: This event has reached its capacity and registration has closed.

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Thursday, May 17

KC Roundtable Meeting

Location:
First Watch
1022 Westport Rd.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map 

Time: 7:30am – 9:00am 

KC Roundtable is in existence to provide 20 and 30-something Kansas City entrepreneurs with a group of peers to support and collaborate on each others’ businesses.

Our mission is to:

  • Focus on relationship building; not lead generating.
  • Facilitate collaboration, openness, transparency, learning and teaching. 
  • Establish an entrepreneurial network.
  • Fill the void of not having the water cooler.

We meet on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month at our favorite location at First Watch in Westport. In addition to our morning meetings, KC Roundtable provides other opportunities to network with young entrepreneurs such as events like Just For Starters & After Hour events. Prospective members are self-motivated, curious, and open to learning and teaching. 

More Information about KC Roundtable

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biz2biz Networking Meeting

Thursday Morning Meeting Info:

Location:
Fig Tree Cafe
817 NE Rice Road
Lee’s Summit, MO
Google Map

Time: 8:30am – 9:30am

$5.00 entry. Non-profit staff can come for free. 

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Olathe Chamber Coffee meeting

Location this week:
KidsTLC
480 South Rogers Road
Olathe, KS 66062

Google Map

Time: 9:00 am – 11:00am

Open to job seekers to attend free of charge. 

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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KC Business Journal Workshop presented by New Landings

Location:
New Landings HQ
11320 W. 79th St.
Lenexa, KS 66214
Google Map

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

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Johnson County Library’s Career Tour presented by New Landings

Location:
Central Resource Library
Carmack Community Room
9875 W. 87th St.
Overland Park, KS 66212 
Google Map

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.

Registration for Career Tour

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Re-Think Your Job Search for 2012 with Donna Fedor Webinar

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm CDT

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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Women’s Employment Network Job Fair

All job seekers welcome (men or women). 

Location:
Sheraton Crown Center
2345 McGee St
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Free to attend.

Parking will be validated for as long as three hours. No registration is required. Dress professionally, bring lots of resumes and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews.

List of Companies Participating (at bottom of page)

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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 
Google Map

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

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. 

Agenda:

2:00: Meet Think Big Partners: the company that’s building companies

2:15: Tour the bizperc coworking space and see where the magic happens

2:45: 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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KCK Chamber Business After Hours Networking Event

Location:
Great Wolf Lodge
10401 Cabela Drive
Kansas City, KS
Google Map

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Join the KCK Chamber and Great Wolf Lodge for an evening of food, drinks, and great networking opportunities. This event is free and open to the public.

More Information

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Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Event

Location:
Kansas City Starlight Theatre
Helzberg Diamonds VIP Club
4600 Starlight Road
Kansas City, MO 64132
Google Map

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Unwind with others and meet some new contacts. Get a real life “Back Stage” experience with Starlight Theatre. Starlight has been a KC landmark since the 1950s, and we want you to network where the magic happens.

The cost for the event is $5 for Chamber members and $20 for future Chamber members. We take walk-ins for this event.

Complimentary parking is located at the Zebra Lot.

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Social Media Club of Kansas City May Happy Hour

Location: 
Gaslight Grill
5020 W. 137th Street
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Join us for a social happy hour on May 17 at Gaslight Grill in Leawood. We’ll mingle and catch up on the patio (weather permitting, of course). The restaurant will extend its happy hour until 7:30pm, so you have a great excuse to grab an appetizer, a drink and enjoy an SMCKC social outing! Signature cocktails are $5 and several appetizer specials are available, including white wine steamed mussels ($6), crab sliders ($6), hummus trio ($5) and bistro truffle fries ($4), to name a few. Hope to see you there! 

Registration and More Details

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Friday, May 18

biz2biz Networking Meeting

Friday Morning Meeting Info:

Location:
City Union Mission (Executive Offices Chamber Room)
1100 E. 11th St.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 8:30am – 9:30am

No cost to attend. 

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Baker University Career Expo and Networking Event

Location:
Baker University – Overland Park Campus
7301 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Free attendance.

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet, network and interview with area business leaders and Baker alumni to discuss current, future employment trends and qualifications for successful employment. Interviewing skills and effective resume writing also will be discussed.

Below is the schedule for the event:

9 – 11 a.m. Workshops on interviewing, resume writing and business writing
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Career Expo and interview opportunities with employers

Registration for Career Expo

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#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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Venture Friday Happy Hour

Location: 
Think Big Partners
1800 Baltimore Ave., Suite #400
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 4:00pm 

Venture Fridays is a simple but fun concept: The startup culture of Kansas City and surrounding areas to discuss what we’re all thinking about, working on, needing help with, and might do for each other. Existing or aspiring entrepreneurs of all types and ages are invited. 

No soliciting or mooching please (entrepreneurial mojo required).

Registration and More Details

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Saturday, May 19

Catholic Career Panel Roundtable Meeting

Location:
Good Shepherd Parish
12800 W 75th St.
Shawnee, KS
Google Map

Time: 8:30am – 10:00am

Representatives from Hallmark Cards, Quintiles, Paycor, Fry Wagner Moving and Storage, and Convergys will be attending. This is a great opportunity for you to meet representatives from these companies. 

Dress is Business Casual.

Panel Roundtables present a refreshing venue for business owners and hiring managers to share company culture & employment opportunities with qualified and professional job seekers with no fees or cost not only to the job seeker, but the business owner as well (business casual).

The CCR (Catholic Career Roundtable) believes in building relationships, and attending a Roundtable Panel is that first step. CCR believes “People Find People Jobs” and by participating in an upcoming Roundtable as an employer or a potential employee you can start building relationships.

More Information about CCR

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Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, May 22

The Salvation Army/Workforce Partnership Job Fair

Location:
The Salvation Army Harbor Light Village
6723 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS
Google Map

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Free to attend.

Representatives from area businesses in the Kansas City metro area will be on hand to interview potential applicants for mostly entry level positions. The job fair is open to the public and registration is not required. Job seekers are encouraged to wear attire appropriate for a job interview and bring multiple copies of their resumes to the event. 

For more information, contact Angela Cannizzaro at 913-232-5400.

Check out List of Participating Employers

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