Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of May 21

Below are the networking events for the week of May 21 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  “How What You Say Can Give Your Power Away,” “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” and “The Difficult Interview Situation: Part 2.”

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Monday, May 21

KC Online Community Networking Event

Location:
The Coffee Girls Cafe
7440 Washington Street
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

No speaker, no agenda, no distractions… just networking! Join us for Monday Coffee at The Coffee Girls Cafe, in Waldo.

Only space for 30 so reserve your spot now. 

More Information and to Register

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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 22

biz2biz Networking Meetings

First Tuesday Morning Meeting Info:

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

Second Tuesday Morning Meeting Info:

Location:
Scooter’s Coffeehouse
11106 Antioch Road
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm

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

More Information about the Group

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The Salvation Army/Workforce Partnership Job Fair

Location:
The Salvation Army Harbor Light Village
6723 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS
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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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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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Creating a Powerful Foundation and Plan for Your Job Search Webinar

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm CDT

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

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Applying for a Government Job 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

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

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Overland Park Young Professionals Happy Hour

Location:
Menorah Medical Center
5721 W. 119th St.
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Cost: $10 for non Chamber members

Join other young professionals for networking, complimentary food and drinks and the chance to win door prizes in the beautiful Menorah Medical Center event space.

Registration is required. 

More Information and To Register

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KC Roundtable Happy Hour Event

Location:
Snow & Company
1815 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 5:00pm

Come enjoy other drinks (besides coffee) with fellow KC Roundtable members. Our monthly happy hour will be at Snow and Co in the crossroads district of Kansas City. 

More Information

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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.

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Kansas Feet Up Network Meeting

Location:
Cronin Bar & Grill
2227 W. 87th Parkway
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.

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Career Studios: 6 Common Job Search Issues and How to Avoid Them Webinar

Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm CDT

You’ve been knocking on doors, applying to job openings and conducting the occasional interview. No job offer. You’re starting to wonder if you’re doing something wrong or if you are just too impatient with the process. You know it takes a while in this economy but when does it stop being the economy and start being something you should change? And if you have to change something, what would it be?

Your job search is like a finely calibrated instrument. If you are “off” on one thing you might find yourself lacking real progress toward that new job. Spend some time thinking through these things and seek help to get an expert opinion.

Join us for an interview with Chris Perry and Dorothy Tannahill-Moran, Career Coach,  who will cover what every job seeker needs to know that can derail the job search, often times without even realizing it. As a bonus to this event, Dorothy will cover how to troubleshoot and course-correct your job search.

Register for FREE

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Wednesday, May 23

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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Linking Professionals Lunch for Women

Location:
77 South
5041 West 135th St.
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Linking Women is a networking and professional support for women in business by women in business. There’s no commitment or fee to be a part of this circle of strong, driven women. If you’re here, you’re part of the group! Currently Linking Women hosts one luncheon each month; offering a variety of motivational and inspiring speakers while raising awareness of our community needs. Your $25 admission fee helps to bring support and exposure to area organizations.

Join us for the first Linking Women at 77 South. Owner Jenn Arnold has welcomed us to her restaurant and we look forward to supporting her business.

Please register in advance. 

Agenda:
11:00 – 11:30: Check in and network
11:30 – 12:45: Lunch is served, announcements, program
12:45 – 1:00: Closing, questions, network  

More Information and Registration

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Leawood Young Professionals Lunch and Learn Event

Location:
Center for Advanced Professional Studies 
7501 W 149th Terrace 
Overland Park,Kansas 66223
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Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Cost: $25.00 for non-members (advance payment required).

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

Join us for the Leawood Young Professionals Lunch n’ Learn and learn more about the CAPS program at Blue Valley.

First impressions get you the job, but it’s the behaviors that you demonstrate on a daily basis that create advancement opportunities for you within your organization.

We will explore the workplace behaviors that will separate you from the pack to help you become a top performer.

This session will provide the skills that will help you make a positive impression on:

• Your boss
• Your clients
• Your co-workers

Due to limited seating, advance reservations are REQUIRED for this event. Reservation deadline is Monday, May 21 by 5:00pm.

More Information and to Register

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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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LinkedIn Boot Camp with Kathy Bernard Webinar

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm CDT

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

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Linking Professionals Networking Roundtable Event

Location:
Nick & Jake’s
6830 West 135th Street
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Cost: $15.00

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

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

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

Location:
The Tasteful Olive Oil & Vinegar Shop
7945 Santa Fe Drive
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 while sampling more than 60 olive oils and Italy-aged naturally flavored balsamic vinegars. Plus, have the opportunity to win fabulous door prizes.

More Information and How to Register

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Thursday, May 24

Olathe Chamber Coffee meeting

Location this week:
MidAmerica Nazarene University
2030 East College Way
Olathe, KS 66062

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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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Re-Think the Brand Called You with Donna Fedor Webinar

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm CDT

It’s crucial when you interview for a job to be able to distinguish yourself from every other candidate. Your part on the interview is to articulate why they should hire you. Who are they hiring? What is your character, track record, and reputation? What can they count on? Through a series of questions, they hope to get to know you.  Bottom line, they hope you are the one.

When you’re unclear and have difficulty talking about yourself, it’s actually uncomfortable, and you’re less likely to share yourself with others. You have a brand whether you’re aware of it or not. The brand called YOU is one of the most important parts of the whole job search process.

You will learn:   

  • To polish the diamond. (That diamond is you!) 
  • How to change the way you think about YOU 
  • How to boost your self-confidence 
  • Your “ME” file including accomplishments, strengths value statements and elevator pitch 
  • What relationships are absolutely necessary to drive you forward toward the fulfillment of your ultimate life

Register for FREE

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Personal Branding: What Is It and Why Does Everyone Keep Telling Me I Need A Personal Brand Workshop

Location:
New Landings HQ
11320 W. 79th St.
Lenexa, KS 66214
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Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Presented by Karen Silins, President and Owner of A+ Career & Resume, LLC.

Learn why a Personal Brand is important and strategies for developing yours from a multi-certified resume writer and career coach. From passion and purpose, abilities, strengths and achievements, values and goals, target audience, and how you want to be perceived, discover how a personal brand raises your credibility, increases your visibility, influences others in a positive way, and establishes value. You will learn why a personal brand is an integral part of any job search, career management plan, new company or established company strategy. Book and additional resource recommendations are provided.

Registration for the Workshop

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startFEST+DEMO Event

Location:
Downtown Underground

1201 W. 31st Street
Kansas City, MO 
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Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Free to attend.

startFEST+DEMO is a social gathering with an aim to create relationships among startup-oriented entrepreneurs, innovative companies, and members from the investment community. startFEST+DEMO will have 10 new and growing businesses DEMOing innovative solutions. Each business will be demonstrating their innovations throughout the night, and each entrepreneur will present a 60-second pitch for their business.

Fine beers, soft drinks, and hors d’oeuvres from will be provided to encourage lively social interaction.

More Information and To Register

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Friday, May 25

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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#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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