Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of Sept. 24-30

Below are the networking events for the week of September 24-30 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 “Employment Dating,” “Employment Courtship,” “5 Tips to Getting Six Figure Jobs,” and “Functional Resumes – Advantages.” 

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Monday, September 24

Monday Geek Night

Location:
Snow & Company
1815 Wyandotte St.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

What is Monday Geek Night? It is a weekly Monday night gathering of geeks who enjoy topics including, but not limited to, application and web development (code of all kinds), entrepreneurship, gaming, marketing, design, movies, the current state of all things tech, and usually beer and other cocktails. This Meetup is very much unstructured – feel free to come and geek out on just about ANYTHING. Laptops more than welcome.

Register for Event

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Resumes – It’s All About You Workshop 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: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Has it been a while since you updated your resume? Are you not getting the interviews for the jobs you are interested in? Do you use the same resume for every job application? Join professional development consultant Efren Mojica of “All About You Consulting” to learn how to enhance your resume to be impactful, dynamic, eye catching, and unique to better position you for job hunting success. 

Registration is not necessary.

Registration for Workshop

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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, September 25

Biz2Biz Connect 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. Job seekers and 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
Google Map

Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm

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

More Information about the Group

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

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm 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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Market Immersion Meeting

Tuesday Morning Meeting Info:

Location:
Granfalloon Bar & Grill
608 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Cost: $10.00 for visitors

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

Cost: $10.00 for visitors

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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Johnson County Referral Networking Lunch

Location:
Granite City Food and Brewery
15085 W. 119th St. 
Olathe, KS
Google Map

Time: 11:45am

Guests will have a chance to introduce their companies and learn about others.

Johnson County Referral Network provides a quality networking opportunity for business owners and representatives. For business owners and representatives who want to make new contacts, our events will help you continually meet new people while keeping in contact with those you have already met. 

Membership is open to business owners and representatives who offer products and services, business to business or to consumer, in the Johnson County, Kansas area. Members pay annual dues of $40.

Non-members may attend one event before joining. 

Register for Event

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Kansas City: Tech, Mobile and Social Innovation Event presented by SocialIRL

Location:
Union Station (Chamber Board Room)
30 W. Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm (Reception and networking to follow)

Free to attend. 

  • A special event focused on showcasing Kansas City social, mobile and tech innovation that has both a regional and national impact.
  • Features presentations from a series of local thought leaders, innovators and entrepeneurs, representing a diverse cross-section of businesses and organizations.
  • Engaging discussion, valuable networking – empowering attendees to become advocates.

Register for Event

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How to Apply for a Government Job Workshop presented by New Landings

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

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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Kansas Feet Up Network Meeting

Location:
Sharks Billards
10320 Shawnee MIssion Pkwy
Shawnee, KS
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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KCSEM (Kansas City Search Engine Marketing Association) Meetup

Location:
Alamo Drafthouse
1400 Main St.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Free Parking at Consentino’s Market 2 Blocks North of the Theater on Main Street. Bring your parking ticket to validate.

Time: 6:30pm

Join us Tuesday September 25th at the Alamo Drafthouse as KCSEM and Sweet Spot Marketing feature Josh Eliseuson presenting on “Planning Your Mobile PPC Strategy.” Josh will help guide the audience in some of the technical aspects of setting up a mobile PPC program but will also focus on creating a great mobile PPC strategy. KCSEM events are a great way for local KC residents to learn more about Search Engine Marketing.

Our events cater to small business owners, large company decision makers, marketing/ad professionals or those just interested in the online space. It is a great chance to  network with others as well as to learn the in’s and out’s of online advertising, SEO, PPC, Social Media, Link-building, etc.

Register for Event

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Wednesday, September 26

1 Million Cups Program for Entrepreneurs

Location:
Kauffman Labs
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation created 1 Million Cups (1MC) as a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in the Kansas City community. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local upstarts an opportunity to present their companies to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs.

The program takes place every Wednesday morning from 9:00-10:00am in Kauffman Labs. So if you’re interested in being involved with the 1 Million Cups program sign up, show up, help someone startup by offering your thoughts, questions, and advice.

This week: Play Modern and Find it KC present. 

More Information on September 26 Program

Watch September 26 Program Live starting at 8:50am CDT on Wed. Sept. 26.

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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

Cost: $10.00 for visitors

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

Cost: $10.00 for visitors

Register for Wednesday Afternoon Meeting

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Overland Park Career Fair

Location:
Holiday Inn Hotel
8787 Reeder Street
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Free admission. 

More Information and to Register

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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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Biz2Biz Connect 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. Job seekers and Non-profit staff can come for free. 

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Power Chics Power Lunch Meeting

Location:
The Kansas City Cafe
1532 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Cost: $35 for prospective members

Our speaker is Dr. Michelle Robin ~ Owner ~ Your Wellness Connection

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. 

Please do register for this event so we have an idea of how many to expect.

Register for Event

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How to Show and Tell You Are the Best Job Candidate Webinar

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm CDT

If a hiring company doesn’t know you and hasn’t seen your work, they don’t know why you are perfect for their position. You have to show and tell them why you are the best candidate for their job opening. 

In this webinar, you will learn specifically how to:

  • SHOW hiring companies your unique abilities through samples, presentations and other creative means (including many breakthrough ideas submitted by job seekers and recent hires) 
  • TELL them your qualifications through smart online application, resume and cover letter strategies; and by preparing influential people to tell your story on your behalf.  

Register for FREE

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SkyZone Grand Opening Event (proceeds benefit KC Big Brothers Big Sisters organization) (CANCELED DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES)

Location:
Sky Zone Kansas City
6495 Quivira Rd.
Shawnee, KS
Google Map

Time: 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Cost: Free; Suggested $5.00 donation includes admission to Sky Zone, pizza, and soda

Come attend the grand opening of Sky Zone Kansas City Indoor Trampoline Park, the creator of the world’s first all-trampoline, walled playing court – perfect for just about any age, shape or physical ability. Your $5 donation will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater KC.

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Corporate Cocktails Professional Networking Event – presented by Elite KC VIP

Location:
The Jacobson 
2050 Central St.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Cost: $10 presale, $15 at the door.

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.

One Hour of complimentary signature drinks from the Jacobson & one hour of Mingle Appetizer items so you can experience the amazing taste of the Jacobson.

Register for Event

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Career Studios: Designing a Powerful Career Webinar

Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm CDT

Planning and designing a great career may sound like too much effort but it isn’t. It also isn’t that much effort compared to the work you may have to go through if you derail it – not to mention the panic you experience when that happens. Your career growth is dependent on continuing to learn the skill of managing your career.

In this no-cost webinar, Chris Perry will interview Dorothy Tannahill-Moran on the 5 key critical elements to your career management.

NOTE: This event is a GoToWebinar event. You can use either your phone or computer to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation with instructions. Also, enrolled participants will receive a FREE downloadable recording of this session following the seminar.

Register for FREE

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Thursday, September 27

Power Guys Power Coffee Meeting

Location:
Black Dog Coffeehouse 
12815 W. 87th St.
Lenexa, KS
Google Map

Time: 8:00am – 9:00am

Free to attend.

More than a networking group…Power Guys is about getting better at what you do and how you do it!

The Power Guys Power Coffee is a new venue for the person who prefers to meet in the morning. We will meet at 8 AM and get to know each other with introductions and  a discussion topic. 

Power Guys is a personal and professional development organization for men. It is dedicated to helping “guys” from all professional arenas grow and succeed; exchange thoughts and ideas with other businessmen; while providing information, tips, tools and techniques to assist each of us in attaining our dreams, goals and desires.

Please RSVP so we know how many will be attending.

Register for Event

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Biz2Biz Connect Networking Meeting

Thursday Morning Meeting Info:

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

(East outer Rd of 291 Hwy between 50 Hwy & I-470 across from Office Max & next to the BP gas station) 

Time: 8:30am – 9:30am

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

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Olathe Chamber Coffee meeting

Location this week:
Kansas State School for The Deaf 
450 East Park St.
Olathe, KS
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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Congressman Kevin Yoder Job Fair

Location:
Holiday Inn Hotel
8787 Reeder Street
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Time: 
9:00am -10:00am: Exclusive to Veterans
10:00am -1:00pm: Open to all Job Seekers

Job-seekers should dress for success, bring several copies of their resume, and do not need to register or pay to attend.

Participating Companies at Job Fair

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Internet Job Search Workshop

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

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Free to attend.

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

The following topics will be covered:

  • LinkedIn and Twitter and optimizing their usage in your networking
  • 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
  • Performing company research and what you need to know

Attendees will need an ability to navigate Internet sites effectively and have an understanding of Microsoft Word.

Register for Workshop

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Christian Business Connections Network Meeting

Location:
Panera Bread
20120 West 153rd St.
Olathe, KS
Google Map

Time: 1:30pm

Join us! It is an all-inclusive and non-denominational group and our focus is networking/friendship/outreach.

More Information

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Kansas City Young Professionals Networking Society Happy Hour Event

Location:
The Flying Saucer
101 E. 13th St.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Free to attend.

This event happens on the fourth Thursday of the month.

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Habitat for Humanity Kansas City Young Professionals Wine-tasting Event

Location:
Amigoni Vineyards and Urban Winery

1505 Genessee Street
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm 

Cost: $20.00

Amigoni Vineyards will provide 5 generous samples of wine and one full glass of your choice. If you prefer beer you can sample 4 of Boulevards beers and choose a glass of your favorite. Appetizers will be provided along with wonderful ambiance.

Make some new friends and enjoy some local wines.

Register for Event

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Friday, September 28

Biz2Biz Connect Networking Meeting

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

Time: 8:30am – 10:00am

No cost to attend if you are a job seeker or from a non-profit. Otherwise, first-time guests are free and beyond that, there is a $5 attendance fee. 

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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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Freelance Exchange of Kansas City Luncheon (Finding Your “Right” Mix: Balancing the Two Sides of Your Scale)

Location:
Johnny Cascone’s Italian Restaurant
6863 W. 91st St.
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Cost: $30.00 for non-members (includes lunch)

Join The Freelance Exchange for an interactive discussion on how to achieve – and manage – work-life balance.

Our presenter this month is Dean Long of Coach-to-Success, a business and career coach who partners with individuals and organizations to help them attain greater success and fulfillment in their lives through one-on-one coaching sessions. Long coaches in the areas of organization, time management, self-confidence and self-esteem, communication, management, leadership development and career exploration.

We’ll chat during lunch about:

  • What work-life balance means
  • What causes us to get out of balance
  • What we can do to re-balance
  • What a life-wheel perspective can do
  • What drains us and what/who we need to shed
  • What gives us joy and fulfillment

RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 25. Space is limited, so to ensure your seat, please make sure and register no later than the deadline. Late reservations may not be able to be accommodated. Walk-ins the day of cannot be accommodated.

Registration has closed

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Christian Business Connections Network Friday Meeting

Location:
New Life Ministries
1828 Walnut St., 4th floor
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 11:00am

Join us! It is an all-inclusive and non-denominational group and our focus is networking/friendship/outreach.

More Information

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Saturday, September 29

Oak Park Mall Job Fair

Location:
Oak Park Mall (Lower Level in Dillard’s South Court)
11149 W 95th St.
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

More Information and list of who is hiring

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