Pink Slip Party Tomorrow Night! Jobs and Updates for 9/14/2011

Here we go.  Pink Slip Party events are probably the most nerve-wracking events for us to pull together, but they’re also the most rewarding and interesting, at the same time.  Really looking forward to getting this one in the rear view mirror, but also really wanting it to be successful and enjoyable at the same time.

They’re very schizophrenia-inducing, as you can probably tell.

In other news, “Hi there” to new visitors and readers from The Oakland Press Technology Blog section, we’ve got our future events after tomorrow night, a chance to go golfing with former Red Wings player Darren McCarty, jobs, discussions, and oh so much more.

So, here we go…

Obviously, let’s start with tomorrow night’s event.  This will be our last Pink Slip Party of 2011…at least as far as we know right now.  You know us…things can change at a moment’s notice, and we may suddenly find ourselves getting asked to throw something together and finding ourselves in a position where we can’t say “no”.

But for now…this is our last one of the year.  We’ve got plenty of other events on the books out at our Events page coming up for the rest of the year, but this is our last Pink Slip Party.

And so, tomorrow (Thursday) night, let’s have some fun with it.  Yes, you may be coming because you’re desperately in need of a job.  Yes, you may be coming because you’re sick and tired of your client yelling at you to just find someone already to fill their open req before they take their business elsewhere.  Yes, you may just be coming out of curiosity because you’ve read or heard about us somewhere for the first time.  Still, remember – “casual, relaxed atmosphere”.  Take a deep breath, find Bob, Jeff or me and let us play traffic cop for you…that’s what we do.

Post Bar in Novi. 5:01pm start time. You can check out the details here on our site at or on LinkedIn at

I’ve been asked “What should I know before I show up?” a bunch of times over the past two weeks.  So, here’s what you should absolutely make sure you’re familiar with before you come to any of our events, but especially a Pink Slip Party event:

Pink Slip Party Frequently Asked Questions.  They live here:

About Us.  We want you to know where we’re coming from, what we’re about, and how we think.  And we’re pretty honest about it too, so read the About Us page here:

Not sure why you need to worry about networking?  The Recliner Principle at is waiting for you.

New to networking events, or just not sure how or why we’re different than a lot of groups?  We suggest you read the Ten Commandments of Networking at followed by the Seven Deadly Sins of Networking over at

Working on your resume?  Make sure you read Bad Resume Guy out at

Have a little more time to kill, and you really want to deep dive?  Awesome.  We’ve got categories of our entries setup for Networking 101 (, for Job Seekers ( and for Recruiters (  We also have some Random Thoughts ( from time to time, not to mention Things We Hate (, as well as our ever popular Don’t Be That Guy ( series of entries that started it all.

So read.  And if Multi Level Marketing Guy ( happens to be reading this…don’t say you weren’t warned.

And do please understand…it’s not that we take ourselves seriously.  We don’t.  Especially if you’re new to these parts, you really do need to “get” that…we’re the furthest thing from it.  However, we do take our time seriously…and we take the time of our friends, co-workers, former co-workers and group members seriously as well.  We’re committed to being the best networking group, with the best networking events, for Information Technology Professionals here in the metro Detroit area.  Always have been, always will be.  We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it a number of times in the future, I’m sure – this is the group that we always wanted to find, but couldn’t.  And so we created it.

Now that you know who and what we are, and you’re on deck to come tomorrow night, you might be one of those people looking for a new job.  Well, here’s some of the jobs that are out in our LinkedIn group from recruiters that participate in our group and our events:

Kim West

.NET Developer position located in Farmington Hills. Looking to start someone immediately! Please send resume to
The Developer will be an integral member on the software development team, focused on understanding the company’s applications to act as a technical liaison between the technical, business, and support groups. The Developer

Monica (Van Scyoc) DeJager

My direct client is looking for a consultant with ASP/Foxpro experience. I can offer 40-42/hr. Please call me or email me for more
The client is converting a database from FoxPro 6.0 to MS SQL SER 2000. The consulting will need to know ASP, ASP.NET, FoxPro, SQL, and SQL SER 2000. So, the programmer will need to take data from FOXPRO and convert to ASP.

Matt Karrandja

Systems Administrator in Troy – Direct Hire
Job Description: Technical Skills: Domain Administration: Computer accounts and user accounts maintenance Research and repair system errors File permission and access Directory structures – DFS, ADS Establish and

Judy Konya

Seeking Senior Project Manager for our corporate office in Livonia, MI
WorkForce Software, Inc. is the leader in workforce management solutions for large employers with complex policies and compliance concerns. Due to growth, we are looking to add an experienced Senior Project Manager to

Seeking a Business Analyst for our corporate office in Livonia, MI
WorkForce Software, Inc. is the leader in workforce management solutions for large employers with complex policies and compliance concerns. Due to growth, we are looking to add an experienced Business Analyst to our team.

Seeking Senior Report Specialist for our corporate office in Livonia, MI
WorkForce Software, Inc. is the leader in workforce management solutions for large employers with complex policies and compliance concerns. Due to growth, we are looking to add an experienced Senior Report Specialist to our

Diane Mabry

Specialty Development Practitioner -Wise Package Studio – 24+ months in Dearborn
Job Description: The AIC Software Packaging developer will be responsible for analyzing, designing, developing, testing, certifying and supporting software packages for installation on user clients or servers. Software

Testing Lead Practitioner Opportunity in Dearborn MI – 6+ months
Position Description: Application Testing Lead: This position is part of the Treasury Systems, Global Treasury Management System Project (GTMS) team. The GTMS project is a global initiative to re-engineer Treasury business

Solution Architecture Consultant/Expert .NET -6+ month opportunity in Dearborn MI
This position requires a combination of software architecture and development skills centered on the Microsoft .NET platform. This individual will be a member of IT development team supporting the Windows Operating System at

Senior Designer – Dearborn MI 4 month contract
Develop detailed design documents from requirements documents (use cases, 230s, etc..), following application and pattern standards. Work with DA/DBA/BA to implement necessary data model changes. Perform role as designer

Technical Writer in Dearborn MI – 16 month contract
Technical writer to document project guides and maintain the documents in a project SharePoint site. Position is full time and will be co-located with the Application Policy Services (APS) project team. Role and

Mike Ward

Media Account Executive Position In Southfield, MI
Interactive Media Account Executive Position In Southfield,

Lead – Infrastructure Consultant Position In Sterling Heights, MI

Technical Liaison Postion in Troy, MI
Work as the lead contact/liaison between the client and the development team, ensuring that functional and quality client requirements are met. High level of client interaction at a management level.

Eric Bates

Great contract to hire opportunity in Livonia Top skills needed are Microsoft SQL programming and VB.Net. Contact me for details:
Top Skills: Microsoft SQL Programming VB.Net Should Have: TSQL Programming Crystal Reports Financial Application Experience Exp. w/HTML, XML, ASP Exp. w/Oracle PL-SQL Programming Exp. w/TFS (team

Jerrod Rothey

Network / System Administration Opportunity, Location: Sterling Heights, MI
Mid size Company in Sterling Heights, Michigan is holding interviews for an experienced Network Administrator. This is not an entry level position. Applicants should be highly motivated with the ability to work both

Matthew Holtz

Senior Application Developer(110909-2) Location: Auburn Hills, MI
Duration: 6/12/12 Specific Requirements: * * Knowledge in IIS, 3 tier web applications. * Knowledge in dealing with vendor/COTS applications. If you have reviewed the above brief job description and feel that you

Senior Application Engineer(110909-1) Location: Auburn Hills, MI
Duration: 1/12/12, position will be extended Experience needed: * Oracle and Oracle Financial * SQL *Plus and SQL *Loader * Unix Servers, Shell Scripts and Stored Procedures * Customer Relationship Management Experience

COGNOS Application Developer(110907-1) Location: Southfield, MI
Start Date of assignment: ASAP End Date of assignment: 3/1/2012 Duties: Candidate will design and develop Cognos cubes from SQL server databases.  Projects will also include leveraging cubes to create and distribute

Michelle Garretson

Java opportunity just opened great opp. with a great company right here in the Metro Detroit area – – must have web

Geetika Kumar

seeking Project Manager with Payroll/HR in Auburn Hills, Application Packager in Auburn Hills and QA with Healthcare and BA with

Melissa Lecznar PHR

Media Asset Management Consultant e-mail me: melissa.
main skill is Media Asset Management experience – if you have that I would like to speak with you. • 2-3 years of experience in installing, configuring and supporting a major enterprise level media asset management

Emma Good

Front End Web Developer – Dearborn, MI 66K with benefits
I’m recruiting for a large corporation in Dearborn. They’re looking to hire a Front End Web Developer with ASP.Net, VB.Net and HTML experience. Some Treasury Systems experience would be beneficial, but not required. Please

Jay Marshall

Position Summary Analyzes corporate, user, and system requirements, processes, procedures, and problems to create, maintain, monitor, and improve the Corporate Computing/UNIX environment. Primary Responsibilities

Oh, and yes, our content is now being syndicated out to The Oakland Press blogs, in their Technology Section out at  Consider this another small step on our journey towards world domination.

Bet you thought I forgot about the golfing with McCarty thing, huh?  Nope.

So, the reason why our annual Guys Weekend At Oktoberfest in Frankenmuth To Be Drunken Fools isn’t taking place this year is because Bob is an idiot, and booked a fundraising golf outing for his daughter’s school right smack dab in the middle of what should have been yet another Greatest. Weekend. Ever.  Now, it’s for a good cause, and I’m all for helping out his daughter (mostly because she’s already smarter than he is, but that’s a topic for another day…), but still, I’m a little bitter about it.  As you can probably tell.  However, that won’t stop me from helping his daughter out by plugging the event here, and giving you the chance to golf with McCarty this weekend if you’re so inclined to do so:

Auburn Elementary Golf Outing with Special Guest Darren McCarty!

Starts: Sunday September 18, 2011, 08:00AM EDT

Ends: Sunday September 18, 2011, 05:00PM EDT

Where: Fieldstone

1984 Taylor Rd
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

$100 a person gets you: 18 holes at Fieldstone Coffee and donut breakfast Bratwurst and chips at the turn 4 drink tickets (alcohol or soda) BBQ dinner at Fieldstone following $10,000 Hole-in-one contest Putting contest – Longest drive contest – Closest to the hole contest 50/50 and prize raffle

For sponsorship information, please contact: Bob Waltenspiel at 586-260-0577 –

To book your foursome, please contact: Tom Drake – 586-604-1134 –

Money raised will be going to purchasing eReaders for the library and will also pay for supplies for the 35 teachers of Auburn Elementary.

Thank you!

See?  Look at me, being the bigger person and setting my bitterness aside to help a child.  Someone give me a trophy!

On a final note, looks like the winner of that Most Valuable Blogger thing gets announced on Friday.  I hope you all did your best to help us win…because if not, I may throw a hissy fit, just so we’re clear.

That’s all for this time…see you at our Pink Slip Party event tomorrow night and hopefully at the others throughout the rest of the year!
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