Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of Oct. 8-14

Below are the networking events for the week of October 8-14 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. Five most recent podcasts are “Freelancing, Another Option to Consider,” “Employment Dating And Beyond,” “Employment Dating,” “Employment Courtship,” and “5 Tips to Getting Six Figure Jobs.”

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Monday, October 8

Monday Geek Night

Location:
Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen
1526 Walnut 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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Social Media Club of Lawrence Google+ Hangout (Virtual Meeting)

Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm

The topic of our discussion will be all things Google. We will start by discussing people’s opinions on Google + and will then share tips for more efficiently using Google products like Gmail and Google Docs.

In order to participate you will need a Google + account. If you already have a gmail address, you likely already have an account. You will also need some type of web cam to actively participate, but you should be able to just watch the live stream of the meeting if you don’t have access to a web cam.

Google limits the number of active participates on Hangouts to ten, so join us early at 7:15pm if you want to make sure you get a spot. We will be attempting to broadcast the hangout live. So even if we fill up our ten active spots, you will be able to watch and post questions and/or comments on our Google Plus page.

More Information and to RSVP

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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, October 9

Power Chics Power Coffee Meeting

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

Time: 8:00am – 9:00am

The Power Chics 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 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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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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Kansas City Small Businesses Networking Group Meeting

Location:
Mimi’s Cafe
11885 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am 

Come and join the KC Small Businesses Group as we meet to discuss various topics. 

Ideal members:
1) Small business owners looking for ideas to grow their business
2) Unemployed professionals looking for ideas on how to start a business

Register for 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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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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Christian Business Connections Network Meeting

Location:
East Side Baptist Church
19901 E. 78 Highway
Independence, MO
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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Second Tuesday Northeast Johnson County Chamber Games

Location:
Sully’s Pub
5436 Johnson Drive
Mission, KS
Google Map

Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Free to attend.

Join the NEJC Chamber at Sully’s Pub the second Tuesday of each month for Chamber Games! This is a unique networking event that you will not want to miss.

Contact Lauren Vaughan at lvaughan@nejcchamber.com or 913-262-2141 for more information. 

Register for Event

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Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Monthly Gathering

Location:
McCoy’s Public House
4057 Pennsylvania Ave.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

New to the nonprofit sector? Looking to network with other nonprofit professionals? Join us for a Networking Happy Hour! Appetizers will be provided and drink specials will be available for purchase. This event is free to attend!

A growing organization connecting professionals that are new to the nonprofit sector (regardless of age). YNPNkc is a great place for those interested in professional development, networking and social opportunities.

YNPNkc is chapter of a national organization that provides professional development and networking opportunities to professionals new to their careers in the nonprofit sector. 

No registration needed for this free social event. Just show up.

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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

Join us for a special Presentation from Cathy Weaver. She will be discussing how to get the most from your networking.

Networking on Steroids will help you become a better net-work-er, a more conscientious referrer and have more confidence that you are not wasting your time.

Feet-Up Network is a group of business professionals who like to get together, kick their feet-up and have a drink together. 

Our meetings are come as you are, and RSVP is not required.

Most of the weekly meets have anywhere from 15-25 people at them. The smaller size of the group allows us to really get to know each other quickly and create those relationships and trust that get you referrals.

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Wednesday, October 10

Overland Park Chamber of Commerce Wednesday Wake Up – Networking Event

Location:
Tallgrass Creek-Erickson Living (2nd Floor of Clubhouse)
13800 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

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.

Register for Event

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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: Thumbtack and Kansas City B-Cycle present.

More Information on October 10 Program

Watch October 10 Program Live starting at 8:50am CDT.

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No Dream Job Yet? It Could Be Your Resume Webinar

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am CDT

Join Jason Alba (www.JibberJobber.com) and Kim Mohiuddin (www.movinonupresumes.com) as we talk about the resume’s role in your job search.  

Register for FREE

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Market Immersion 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

Cost: $10.00 for visitors

Register for Wednesday Morning Meeting

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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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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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Thursday, October 11

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:
Olathe Fire Department
1225 S. Hamilton Circle 
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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How to Effectively Communicate with Decision Makers 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

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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Kansas City Veterans Job Fair

Location:
Uptown Theater
3700 Broadway St.
Kansas City, MO 
Google Map

Please enter the building through the 411 Valentine entrance, follow the signs and proceed to the Valentine Room.

Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

A free hiring event for military veterans and their spouses. This is an event where transitioning military, veterans, and their spouses can meet with recruiters from dozens of companies.

Produced by RecruitMilitary in cooperation with The American Legion.

Registration and More Information on Participating Companies

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Ad 2 of American Advertising Federation Kansas City Presents a Night with Ken Segall (former Apple ad man)

Location: 
Ron Berg Studio
1525 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Schedule:
5:30 pm: Networking (Free drinks and appetizers provided)
6:30 pm: Program

Cost: $15.00 for members (pre-registration), $25.00 for non-members (pre-registration)

Come to Ron Berg Studio and spend an evening with the former Apple ad man and New York Times bestselling author, Ken Segall. Ken worked closely with Steve Jobs, serving as his ad agency creative director for both NeXT and Apple. Ken and his team were responsible for Apple’s legendary “Think different” campaign and for naming the iMac. 

Ken will share his passion for keeping things simple, his experience with Apple, and explain how the principles of simplicity can be embraced by anyone to achieve remarkable things.

Ken will also be doing a book signing of his New York Times best seller, Insanely Simple, after the event. 

Online Registration is Closed

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Friday, October 12

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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October KCSEM (Kansas City Search Engine Marketing Association) Lunch Event

Location:
Tomfooleries Restaurant (upstairs)
612 West 47th St.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 11:30am

Connect with fellow Kansas City SEO, SEM and internet marketers on Friday, October 12 at 11:30 am at Tomfooleries on the Plaza, for an informal lunch meetup hosted by the Kansas City Search Engine Marketing Association. There is no cost for attendance. 

Whether you’re new to online marketing or a grizzled vet, KCSEM events are a great way to network and talk shop about the trends and tactics of SEO, PPC, Social Media, and the rest of the search landscape.

Register for Event on Meetup.com

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Venture Friday Happy Hour: Oktoberfest

Location: 
Red Nova Labs
4830 Rainbow Blvd.
Westwood, KS
Google Map

Time: 4:00pm

Free to attend.

Venture Fridays is all about bringing together the startup culture of Kansas City and sharing our ideas and experiences. Oktoberfest is all about bringing together people interested in German culture (or just beer) and sharing beer, brats, and more beer. On October 12th let’s clink our mugs to extending the entrepreneurial culture beyond ourselves as we celebrate Oktoberfest.

Come join us for the fun as we channel the German spirit with beer tastings and food.

Registration and More Details (Waitlist in effect)

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Young Friends of Art & Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater KC Fall Happy Hour Event

Location:
Kirkwood Hall at the Nelson-Atkins Museum
4525 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Register for Event

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Banter and Decanter: a genKC Competitive Wine Tasting Event

Location:
Union Station, Sprint Festival Plaza
30 W. Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Cost: $10.00 for members, $15.00 for non-members

Registration ends Thursday at Noon. 

Online Registration is Closed

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Saturday, October 13

Lawrence Young Professionals “OctChiliFest”

Location: 
R Bar & Patio
610 Florida St.
Lawrence, KS
Google Map

Time: Noon – 3:00pm

Please come join the Lawrence Young Professionals Network for our first annual Chili Cook-off. Come join us for networking, chili, beer and football. 

RSVP on Facebook

Check out Lawrence Young Professionals Network on Facebook

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