Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of August 6-12

Below are the networking events for the week of August 6-12 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.

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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 a Portfolio Can Benefit Me, ” “Get Real With Your Business,” “Get Real With Your People,” “Get Real With Yourself”,” “Story Banking, How To Create A Professional Story Toolbox,” and “How To Find Great Story Ideas From Your Experiences.”

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Monday, August 6

Feet Up Network – FUN Monday Meeting

Location:
Minsky’s Pizza
427 Main Street
Kansas City, MO
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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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#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, August 7

OMNI Employment Job Seeker Roundtable Meeting

Location:
OMNI Employment Management Services
7201 W. 110th St. (Suite 225)
Overland Park, KS 66210
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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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We’re Talkin’ Tuesday” Networking Group Meeting

Location:
Mainstreet Credit Union
6025 Lamar Ave. 
Mission, KS
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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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Power Chics Power Coffee Meeting

Location:
Black Dog Coffeehouse
12815 W. 87th St.
Lenexa, KS
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Time: 8:00am – 9:00am

No charge for this event. But, please register so we know how many are coming.

Power Chics is a personal growth organization, developed by women and for women. Power Chics is dedicated to helping “chics” from all professional arenas grow and develop, both personally and professionally. Come see what we are about. 

Register for Event

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Beat Age Discrimination 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

More and more middle-aged workers are being forced to explore alternative career options today.  

Workshop Presenter: Marcie Olinger is a Career transition & business coach who works with people who are considering self-employment to determine what they want to accomplish in business ownership: what is important to them, what their strengths & weaknesses are, their likes & dislikes, and what their goals are.

Don’t let someone discriminate against you!  Take charge of your career and explore your options. 

Registration for the Workshop

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Kansas City Networking & Referrals Group Meeting

Location:
Pizza Maker
8725 Bourgade Street
Lenexa, KS
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Time: 10:50am – 12:45pm

Guest fee is $10 per visit.

New Lenexa Networking group! Meet business owners. Talk about your Goals.
Special Feature: Everyone is spotlighted. One Spotlight for 5-7 minutes.

RSVP on Facebook

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Market Immersion 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
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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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Re-Think the Brand Called You with Donna Fedor Webinar

Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm 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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H&R Block Career Fair

Location:
H&R Block
One H&R Block Way
Kansas City, MO 64105
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Time: 2:00pm – 7:00pm

H&R Block’s Kansas City offices will be hiring for seasonal positions, including office managers, customer service representatives and tax professionals for next tax season.

We will spend the first part of the session showing you our history and what positions are available and details of the job requirements/responsibilities.

Applicants should bring a resumé, as interviews will be conducted on-site.

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Missouri Feet Up Network Meeting

Location:
Habaneros
1008 SE Blue Pkwy
Lee’s Summit, MO
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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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Young Friends of the Institute (YFI) Happy Hour Event

Location:
Uptown Arts Bar
3611 Broadway Blvd.
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Whether you’re a young professional or just young at heart, you won’t want to miss this month’s YFI happy hour – it’s all about bacon. Explore one of KC’s most unique venues, Uptown Arts Bar, while connecting with some of its brightest young professionals. Also, learn all about the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City’s upcoming BaconFest event, and enter for a chance to win BaconFest tickets and some fun bacon swag.

YFI raises fun, friends and funds for the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City (RIKC) in support of children and adults with disabilities. 

YFI (pronounced wi-fi) engages young professionals in philanthropic work on behalf of The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City. Most events involve networking opportunities, volunteer activities, and of course, a good dose of fun!

RSVP on Facebook

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Wednesday, August 8

Overland Park Chamber of Commerce Wednesday Wake Up – Networking Event

Location:
Lobby of Building 84, Corporate Woods
10801 Mastin Street
Overland Park, Kansas
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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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Market Immersion Meetings

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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LinkedIn for the Job Seeker Webinar

Time: 11:00am – Noon CDT

Learn strategies and best practices to leverage LinkedIn at every stage of your job search.

Lindsey Pollak, bestselling career advice author and LinkedIn spokesperson, will show you how to:

  • Build a profile that attracts recruiters and hiring managers
  • Find more opportunities by expanding your professional network
  • Send your resume to the top of the applicant list
  • Learn about the features included with Job Seeker Premium

Register for FREE

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Ways to Land a Job Besides Applying Online Webinar

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm 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

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Nonprofit Job Club Meeting

Location:
Nonprofit Connect
125 E 31St St Ste 100
Kansas City, MO 64108-3216
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Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Held in Nonprofit Connect Conference Room, located in the KCPT building at 125 E. 31st Street (under the big red tower).

Please park in the two lots directly north and across 31st Street from the station, leaving the main lot for staff and handicapped visitors. Use caution when crossing the street.

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

More Information

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Thursday, August 9

Olathe Chamber Coffee meeting

Location this week:
Family Leisure
10440 Ridgeview Road
Olathe, KS 66061
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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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New Landings Job Chat Open House Event

Location:
New Landings HQ
11320 W. 79th St.
Lenexa, KS 66214
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

The New Landings Job Chat Team invites you to meet co-hosts Hector Silva and Sarah Cain and tour the New Landings Job Chat Studio.

Network with other New Landings members and alumni, learn more about New Landings Job Chat and share your ideas for making New Landings Job Chat better.

Light snacks and soft drinks will be provided.

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Social Media 101 for Small Business

Location:
Microsoft Store

11467 W 95th St
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Free to attend, but space is limited so please respond if you are going to make it.

Jim Grant of jimgrantmedia.com and Laura Newill-Garcia of constructingmedia.com will be speaking at the new Microsoft Store in Oak Park Mall on utilizing Social Media for marketing your small business. Topics include your website and blogging as well as the major social media platforms twitter, facebook, Google+ and Linkedin.

Register for Event

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Corporate Cocktails Professional Networking Event – presented by Elite KC VIP

Location:
Aura Nightclub
3832 Main St.
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Cost: $15.00

Corporate Cocktails is brought to you by Elite KC VIP. Join us this month for some fun after hours, networking where you can win prizes, enjoy cocktails, & mingle with other KC professionals.

At Aura nightclub enjoy one hour of complementary cocktails, raffles, tastings from Pieroguys Pierogies and music by DJ Ashton Martin.

Register for Event

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Friday, August 10

#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 (Startup Trivia Night)

Location: 
Red Nova Labs (In the old white brick Fisca Oil building)
4830 Rainbow Blvd.
Westwood, KS
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Time: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

August 10th we’ll host Startup Trivia Night at Red Nova Labs, with questions tailored around local and national entrepreneurship—including a lot of you. Winning teams of each round will split $100, with more exotic prizes going to those individuals who answer bonus trivia.

As usual, doors will open at 4 p.m. Since a lot of you can’t get to our place that early, the Startup Trivia game will begin just after 5 p.m. and run until about 7 p.m. A lot of our members have requested a repeat of our Rapid Intros format, so we’re thinking about experimenting with a hybrid event, mixing up the teams between trivia rounds.

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, August 11

genKC Service Day at Harvesters Event

Location:
Harvesters – The Community Food Network
3801 Topping Ave.
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Join genKC for an afternoon of service at Harvesters. We will tour the facility and then get to work helping in the Harvesters warehouse.

After helping out the community, let’s help ourselves to some free appetizers and great drink specials at Haus in Martini Corner from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Register for Event

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