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Casual Networking Event Tomorrow Night, Other Events, Updates and More for 5/16/2012

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Oh, are we gonna keep you busy this time around…

We have our casual networking event for information technology professionals here in the metro Detroit area tomorrow night at the BlackFinn in Royal Oak.  There are a bunch of events taking place tonight if you’re looking for something to do while you’re waiting on ours.  We had an update come in from the desert about your donations from our December networking event.  Bad Resume Guy 2 went live.

And there’s some serious head scratching going on right now (and no, not because of lice) about the state of the IT industry here in metro Detroit right now.  Is it great?  Does it suck?  Is it possible that both can be true at the same time…

We’ll get back to that stream of thought in a moment.

As always, the first order of business is our next event.  Which is tomorrow night – Thursday, May 17th.  Royal Oak.  BlackFinn.  Back room.  5:01pm start time.  Geeks.  Lawyers.  Beer.  What can possibly go wrong, right? (note: if anything goes wrong, someone remind me to edit that out ASAP).

Details on this and all of our other events can be found here on our site: http://www.ITinTheD.com/meet/ or out on LinkedIn at http://linkd.in/wTtPR7

And yes, I would highly recommend reading the details for this event, just because it’s the one time a year when we do something a little out of the ordinary and have the IT Section of the Michigan Bar Association come to play with us.  Don’t be afraid, they’re good people…we just want to make sure you know the score.  The last two years have gone really well, and so we’re looking forward to this being even smoother and more enjoyable.

Now if you’re looking for something to do tonight, you might want to hop over and read thishttp://www.ITinTheD.com/3588/how-busy-do-you-want-to-be-this-week/ – because there’s an event in Southfield if you’re a .net kinda person, an event in Ann Arbor with the Refresh Detroit folks, and then one out in Shelby Township that’s all about how to get a job with the State of Michigan…IT or otherwise.  Details on all three of those can be found here: http://www.ITinTheD.com/3588/how-busy-do-you-want-to-be-this-week/

On the subject of events…remember our December 15th event at Dragonmead Brewery where we did a cool thing to support Michigan military families and some folks deployed overseas?  Of course you do.  Well, we had an update come in from Mike, and..well, just go read it: http://www.ITinTheD.com/3565/update-from-december-event/

Many of our event attendees are people looking for jobs…well, if you’re looking for a job, make sure your resume doesn’t suck.  In an effort to help, we did “Bad Resume Guy 2: Is It Me You’re Looking For?“, and you should go read that over here: http://www.ITinTheD.com/3576/bad-resume-guy-2-is-it-me-youre-looking-for/ because your resume winding up in the trash can is bad enough…but if it never gets found in the first place, that’s even worse.

Now, all of our event attendees are in and around the IT industry here in metro Detroit (yes, even the lawyers tomorrow night – remember, they’re IT lawyers), and so here’s a topic that’s of interest to all of you – why is there so much conflicting information on the state of the industry right now?  Is it great?  Does it suck?  Are both true?  Is neither true?  Why does the media paint one picture…but then actually talking with people comes with completely different feedback?  More importantly…why did I get absolutely flooded with emails and LinkedIn messages from people that were completely blasting several major hiring companies out here in the IT space for everything from general cluelessness to outright deceptive practices?  Now, this isn’t Fox2 Problem Solvers or anything, so I’m not here to trot out notes and quotes and get people on film (though rest assured…it’s all filed away in memory…oh yes…), but I do want to encourage further discussion about thishttp://www.ITinTheD.com/3585/is-the-it-market-great-or-terrible-right-now-or-is-it-both/

In a perfect world, you’d all just hop into our LinkedIn group to chime in on this discussionhttp://lnkd.in/5ytKfM …but I’m a realist.  So feel free to just drop me a note if you’d prefer.

If you do make it to our LinkedIn group, that’s not the only thing under discussion.  Are you ready to ditch cable (http://lnkd.in/_hrtRy)? Taken training at New Horizons (or elsewhere) and want to help someone decide where to go (http://lnkd.in/jh6xKT)?

And of course, jobs.  Always jobs floating around in there.  Here’s a bit of what’s out there at the moment:

Diane Mabry dmabry@fastswitch.com

QA Analyst consultant – functional regression testing – Farmington Hills MI
This individual will provide BAU support as well as work on project as they come up within the QA department. Day to day this individual will be performing unit, system, integration, load, capacity, multi-app, regression…

UXA Consultant – Dearborn MI
UXA Consultant: Core responsibilities: Create persuasive, research-based point-of-view presentations and deliver them to stakeholders with enthusiasm and credibility Conduct competitive and non-competitive analyses to…

Business Technology Risk Management and Information Security Analyst Farmington HIlls MI
Department Overview: The Technology Risk Management and Information Security team directs and supports the bank in the protection of its information assets through the implementation and management of information security…

Joe Grabowski

Know Identity Management / Identity Access Management? Architect experience in J2EE? Mastered Class Diagrams, Activity Diagrams,…
Covisint is a recognized as a cloud computing pioneer driving the on-demand evolution that helps organizations connect, communicate and collaborate with their partners-enabling anywhere, anytime information. The Covisint…

Exciting opportunity available for User Experience Architects be a part of the redesigns for industry leading products in Identity…
The ideal candidate must possess a unique blend of usability expertise and business and technical savvy to help design Covisint’s next generation interfaces and lead a team of UI engineers through the implementation. This…

Great opportunity available for a Quality Assurance Director take advantage of the opportunity to lead the transformation of a QA…
Director – Quality Engineering

Fantastic opportunity available for Healthcare Solution Architects! Clinical integrations, HL7 Messaging and HIE! Please contact me…
Healthcare Solutions Architect – Solution Delivery

Mainframe Systems Programmers – don’t miss out on your opportunity to be a part of the team that is extending the dynaTrace solution to…

HMS Products Co

SOFTWARE ENGINEER
CONTACT: Nancy A. Negohosian Vice President HMS Products Co. 1200 E. Big Beaver Road Troy, MI 48083 (248) 524-8255 nnegohosian@hmsproducts.com HMS Products Co. is a full-service Pressroom Automation Specialist located in…

Tim Arvidson

Excellent Windows 7 position at the Ren Center. Full Time Position. Start ASAP. tim@recstrat.com
As a reminder we’re looking for a very strong Windows 7 imaging person. The specific skills set include: Win7 SCCM 2007 SP2 R3 1E PXE-Lite OSD MDT 2010 Scripting VB, HTML, Powershell This person MUST be located on…

Shiva Polavarapu

Looking for eCommerce Platform Software Java Developer is responsible for designing, breaking down work, writing software and…

Matthew Holtz

IT Security Analyst In Lansing, for a long term project.
Long-term contract project for an IT Security Analyst with a strong knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures within information technology, experience with CheckPoint (IPSO and Secure Platforms) and…

Natalie Staroba

We are looking for a junior to mid-level software engineer with 2+ years of Windows Embedded development experience.
Windows Embedded Developer (1439-LI) Candidate will assist in the development and maintenance of support software for industrial PCs. This is a great opportunity to work for an established and growing company. LOCATION…

We are seeking a highly skilled senior .NET C# MVC Web developer with a strong background in building high quality, scalable web…
This is a development role working on new applications. The environment is collaborative, the teams are passionate about the work, and the client values thinkers. A strong passion for technology, for learning new things, and…

We are searching for an experienced VB.NET programmer to solve complex business problems with automated systems incorporating VB.NET and…
VB.NET Programmer (Contract) (1428-LI) Our client is an established firm specializing in distribution of audio and video media. They are mid-migration to a rich, web-enabled platform to improve the interface to an ever…

We are searching for a Junior .NET Developer to assist with Website development and database programming.
.Net Developer – Junior (1436-LI) LOCATION Farmington Hills, MI COMPENSATION 25-30/hr with a salary conversion in the range of 50-65K Candidate must possess the desire and ability to learn new skills and take on a…

We are searching for a tech lead to solve complex business problems with automated systems incorporating .NET (VB.NET or C# .NET) and…
Tech Lead (Contract-to-Hire) (1396-LI) Our client is an established firm specializing in distribution of audio and video media. They are mid-migration to a rich, web-enabled platform to improve the interface to an ever…

Rosanne Serra

SENIOR NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR / ENGINEER IN AUBURN HILLS CCNP, CCNA, CCIE PREFERRED Routing, Switching, security, Voice, Wireless, Cisco…
Direct hire position design, configuration, support and operation of large mfg environment Rosanne Serra PGK Engineering rserra@pgkengineering.com

Melissa Lecznar PHR

Asp.net/VB.net – Contract to hire e-mail me: melissa.lecznar@global-itech.com or call me 248-557-2480 ext 109
Skills required: Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology or equivalent combination of education and experience At least 3 years solid experience in VB.Net/ASP.NET and SQL Server developing …

Jason P. Sullivan

Senior Middleware Administrator 3 Year Contract Troy, MI
Job Description: Responsible for support of complex Enterprise Application Operational Environments, primarily but not limited to Middleware. May participate in project engineering and implementation meetings including…

Katy Vincent

Web Developer | Metro Detroit Ad Agency
Vitamin T has a HOT opening for a full-time Web Developer to work with one of the coolest ad agencies in Metro Detroit. Competitive salary, excellent benefits package, mystery company trips, etc. etc. etc! If you or someone…

Holly Groszko

WEB DEVELOPER Opportunity – ASP, .NET, C# & SQL Database, Oracle, 5+ years of IT w 1+ year of Web Developer experience – Redford, MI,…

Ryan Taylor

Barracuda Networks in Ann Arbor, MI is hiring! rtaylor@barracuda.com  Barracuda Networks Careers Barracuda Networks, Inc., the leading provider of application security appliances, is looking to add talented individuals to work on our expanding product line. Barracuda Networks is an active…

Phew.  Told you we’d keep you busy this time around.

See you tomorrow nighthttp://www.ITinTheD.com/meet/!

Regards,

Bob, Dave and Jeff

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