Event Next Week – Updates and Jobs for 1/5/2011

Well, here we are.  2011.  Happy New Year, everyone!  By now, hopefully you’ve recovered from the overwhelming compulsion to pour bleach into your eyes after seeing the New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys live from Times Square…and really, who are they kidding?  “Kids”?  “Boys”?  Aren’t they all solidly in their 30’s and in some cases pushing (or past…) 40?  Who do they think they’re kidding?!

Anyway, we hope the new year finds you well, and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone next week at the BlackFinn in Royal Oak for our first casual networking event of the year on Thursday, January 13th.  As always, it will start at 5pm, and there are no cover charges, no admission fees, no sponsors, no speakers, no sales pitches, no room crammed full of people that have no relation to the IT industry whatsoever trying to sell you tupperware and health juice.  Nope, just some of the best and brightest in the metro Detroit IT industry getting together for some good, solid connection building and networking.

Sounds good, right?  Right.  Look forward to seeing you there!

For details on the event, you can check out…


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We’re really looking forward to this year as things bounce around to new venues and new cities.  Even to seeing what happens with the Pink Slip Parties moving to every other month.  Well, we’re also a little nervous about it because it’s definitely outside of our normal “comfort zone”…but hey, this is what people said they wanted, and so we’re going to give it a shot and see what happens.  After all, that’s pretty much how we’ve always done things, and so we’ll do what we can to make sure things come off as well as we hope they will.

And so, let’s talk jobs for the first time this year.  All of the experts are predicting that things turn around this year.  Recruiters and hiring managers are seeing shorter interview periods coupled with (slowly) increasing bill rates and salaries.

Another good sign is that we’re starting to see a lot of new recruiters from new companies showing an interest in our group and our events.  Word is getting around that we’ve got some stellar talent that attends, and that there’s value to be had from the free events that those “don’t be that guy” guys put on.  We’ve gotten feedback that several serious companies around the area have flat out forbidden (or “strongly discouraged”) their people from taking part in any events that charge people to attend – a welcome ripple effect.  Honestly, like we’ve always said…there are plenty of groups and resources out there that do things for free that others want you to pay for.  Even if it’s not our events that you attend, or if we’re not the right fit for you, we hope you take advantage of any one or all of the events that believe the same as we do and aren’t looking to build an income stream from you during these already difficult times.

So what do we have going on in the LinkedIn group at the moment?  Here’s a quick sampling:

Mark Brown
Java Developer
Mid-Level Java Developer/Programmer Position Location: Auburn Hills, MI Duration: Three month contract position with intent to hire. Job Description: see below: Software developer/designer for an Enterprise Requirements Planning [ERP] system used in…

Network Admin
– Location: Ferndale, MI – Duration: 3M Contract To Hire – Skill Set requirement (see below) – Experience setting up VM-Ware systems (50 + servers). – Experience migrating to and managing Windows 2008 Servers. – Experienced IIS 6 & 7…

Brandy Tower
Seeking 3 Sr. Developers for EDI implementation. Must have IBM WMB/WTX exp. The Long Term Contract with Possible Hire in South Lyon, MI….
The individuals in this position will design and develop the EDI Real-time transactions on IBM WMB/WTX platform. The main attributes of the position are: – 7 years minimum experience working as a developer or technical analyst – Expert in Websphere Message…

Monica VanScyoc
110K plus bonus – Permanent position Auburn Hills, MI Lead SAP FICO – strong in CO. Please send qualified resume to…
Lead SAP FICO Analyst (Manager) up to 110K salary Job Description PERMANENT POSITION in Auburn Hills Michigan for a Tier One Global Auto Supplier Job Description: Manage the resources within the FICO functional area, including delegating work assignments and monitoring…

Cindy Rogers
Java Developer Direct Hire-Michigan
2 years Java experience and US citizenship is required. Several positions available. apply to

Kelleen Young
Immediate Need for Java Developers in the Detroit area. Please contact Kelleen Young at if interested!
Hello, My name is Kelleen Young and I represent The Epitec Group, a top tier IT staffing firm located in Southfield, Michigan. My organization is currently searching for qualified Java Developers to place within a prestigious client in the Detroit area. The Java…

Steve Booher
Jr. Java Developer Mid Level
Location: Ann Arbor, MI Duration: Permanent Hire Position Details/Requirements Work with JBPM for workflow management. Work with open source libraries for J2EE platform. Work with XML/ XLS to make custom tags for dynamic web pages. Extensively work on developing…

Heather Gilbeau
Full Time Corporate IT Recruiter opportunity! Great team to work with and sit on site at the client in a high tech modern environment.
Yoh, a leading provider of talent and outsourcing services, has an immediate opportunity for a Corporate IT Recruiter working in Detroit, MI (Van Buren Township) due to tremendous growth with our customer. Our Recruiters provide recruiting support on our client’s site and…

Matt Karrandja
Network Systems Admin – Contract to Direct – Immediate need in Troy Email me at
We have an immediate need for a Network Admin in Troy. This is a contract to direct position. Critical needs: Active directory LAN Administration Microsoft exchange Blackberry enterprise Cisco Mitel Technical Skills: Domain Administration: Computer accounts…

Stacey Lee Wilson
Messaging Architect – Troy, MI
Please contact me at This is a 6 month contract to hire position. US Citizens or Green card holders ONLY!!! Job Description: The Messaging Architect will be responsible for the architecture and implementation of multiple client and…

Melissa Lecznar PHR
MCSE OR Security + OR Linux + professionals- needed Immediately Start date first of the year! Interviews conducted in the next few days…
Global Information Technology’s client is looking for candidates that have MCSE OR security + OR Linux + certifications, to start positions at the beginning of the year. Interviews will take place in the next couple of days.

Steve George
Engineers – Hybrid Electric Vehicle industry Battery Systems Development – Auburn Hills, MI
Eligible and Currently Authorized to work in the USA Currently in Southeast Michigan or interested in living in the area Multiple opportunities in the Battery Systems- Hybrid Electric Vehicle HEV Industry Alliance Technical Solutions is a nationally focused…

Matheen M
Need Visual Basic ,VB Script Developer Contract project in Metro Detroit for 8 – 10 months contact Matheen : 586-420-6482 Immediate Start.

Miscellaneous Postings
Sr. .NET Developer – Software Product Company Ann Arbor
Picture this: A company that encourages you to reach your full potential. A company where everyone is part of the family. That rewards top performers. Do you like designing and implementing IT solutions: working in a cool organization that pushes technology and invests in…

U-M IT jobs
Open IT Job Postings – University of Michigan Information Technology Systems Hello All, To catch everyone up, UM Information Technology Services is undergoing efforts to rationalize and then invest in new technology at the university. The initiative is called…

Multiple openings for hardware and software electronics engineers
(from Nancy Mazza @Dornerworks) Good day all. Michigan seems to be looking better every day. Want to introduce you all to our company called Dornerworks. We are an embedded software and electronics hardware contract company. All we basically do is electronics design…

Multiple openings at STG
(typos are mine, folks…just being clear…transcribing from a PDF) Contact: Tonia Carsten – Reference “referred by Marya” if you would, please. J2EE Programmer/Analyst/BA for Dearborn, MI J2EE, struts, hibernate, UML, strong BA skills CA-IDM…

Senior .net Developer
from Otterbase: Ashley Vartyak Hiring for a SENIOR .NET DEVELOPER Detroit, MI – please contact me today with any interest or referrals: or (734) 562-9067

Automotive Software Engineer
CONTACT: David Lazarus Strategic Account & Delivery Manager Compuware Corporation One Campus Martius Detroit, Michigan 48226 Office: 313-227-6229 Email: Automotive Software Engineer Roles and responsibilities – Demonstrate technical…

Make sure you hit the LinkedIn group for further information about these (and more) jobs!  There were still more being posted as this was being put together, so don’t miss out.  Contact details and other positions are always available within the LinkedIn group:

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