Updates and Jobs – The Groundhog Day 2011 Edition

“There is no way that this winter is *ever* going to end as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don’t see any other way out. He’s got to be stopped. And I have to stop him. ” – Bill Murray, Groundhog Day

Even though I have probably half my brain dedicated to movie quotes and song lyrics, that should be all for the Groundhog Day references.  Mostly because I don’t want to subject you any renditions of “I Got You Babe”.  Or myself, for that matter.  So let’s move forward, shall we?

We’re just two weeks away from our first Pink Slip Party of 2011 out at Snookers Pool and Pub in Utica, and we’re really looking forward to it.  Our January event at the BlackFinn had a lot of new faces…new job seekers, new folks looking to build their networks, and new recruiters, which is great!  New people looking forward to new jobs, new connections, new venues…so it definitely won’t be the same thing day after day, event after event.

So, let’s focus on the immediate future for a moment.  The Pink Slip Party

You can find details:

On our site:

On LinkedIn:

On Facebook: (and…again, you really should go “like” us on Facebook)

As always…recruiters, if you’re planning on coming, please drop us a note in the next couple of days.  Especially with all of the new faces showing up, we want to make sure that we have badges waiting for you when you get there.  And, for everyone in general – recruiters, job seekers, and everyone else that’s planning on coming – make sure you check out the Frequently Asked Questions at

We’re also experimenting with a few other places around the web that do “group” stuff.  If you get some time, check them out and see what you think about what the different sites have to offer.  Feedback is always welcome.  We’re playing around with (, (, Eventbrite ( …so, go kick the tires and see what works, what doesn’t, and maybe we’ll try to incorporate the stuff that works into future efforts.  We’ll definitely try to avoid the stuff that doesn’t.

Speaking of what works and what doesn’t, we have two new Don’t Be That Guy entries out there:

Don’t Be That Guy: Suburban Kryptonite

Don’t Be That Guy: Missing The Point Guy

And we’ve got two events coming up in March, one on March 10th at the BlackFinn (because, let’s be honest with each other…there’s no way we were doing an event on what would be the third Thursday – St. Patrick’s Day) and then our “something fun” event on March 23rd (that’s a Wednesday, folks!) down at Hockeytown Cafe followed by a Red Wings game!

We’ve got a couple of interesting conversations going on in the LinkedIn group at the moment.  One is “Who wants to be 2nd choice for the Prom?”, which is all about getting honest feedback from a recruiter.  Another is “Recruiters Change Employee-Hunting Tactics“, which gets into recruiters using social networks like LinkedIn to recruit candidates, and what goes into it.  So, hop on in and check those (and more) out:

Of course, while you’re in the LinkedIn group, you might want to check out the jobs that are currently listed.  Here’s a few of them:

Reta Schafer

Java Developer / Technical Consultant
CONTACT: Reta Schafer HALO GROUP email: Job Description The Java Developer/Technical Consultant is responsible for implementing/customizing Java based Software MDM (Master Data Management) / PIM (Product Information Management) Packages from…

Senior Java Web Developers
CONTACT: Reta Schafer HALO GROUP email: We are currently building a dedicated technical team out of our Troy, MI office and we are seeking to fill a number of positions including a Technical Lead (1) and SW Developers (2). The successful…

CONTACT: Reta Schafer HALO GROUP email: Under general direction, participates as a high level technical expert in design, development, coding, testing, and debugging of new software or significant enhancements to existing software. Works with…

Brandy Tower

Seeking a Sr. Web Designer for a 6 month contract in Detroit. Experience with both programming and “front-end” web design required. See…
Please include a sample of code and design work with all submitted resumes. SUMMARY Under minimum guidance, designs, develops and maintains the intranet and internet websites. Responsible for the analysis, design, testing and implementation of web solutions. Ensures…

Deena Wiltsie

Validation Engineer – Entry Level (0-2 Years)with BSEE. Send resume to and call 248-324-1937 x112
Major Duties and Responsibilities:     Complete defined test procedures according to a prescribed schedule on time. Focused responsibility to validate the performance of all products against specifications for an assigned technology domain. Provide reports of…

Monica VanScyoc

IT Asset Management – for large client on border of Detroit/Redford off Telegraph Road.Please send me a qualified resume and follow up…
Location: Duration: 1 year+ (on going) Pay Rate of $13-$15/hr Job Duties: –    IT Infrastructure Inventory –    Set-up catalog of all assets (printers, laptops, desktop computer, keyboards, mice, etc) –    Track orders –    Receive orders – Work with contract services to…

PC Replacement Rollout Coordinator – Please send me your resume and follow up with a call for immediate consideration. 248-226-1366.
Organizes and coordinates the activities associated with installation, deployment and upgrades of software and hardware in alignment with corporate standards. Responsible for action on trouble tickets established in the ticketing system. Act as level 2 support for complex…

eCollaboration Specialist Notes / Sharepoint / Mobile Please call me for immediate consideration after you send me your resume to…
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and ten to tweleve years experience in systems design and programming. Good technical knowledge of data communication system products. Responsibilities include: – daily operations/support of our messaging environment with specific focus…

Buyer wanted – “Must” be able to speak, read and write German!!! Please call me for immediate consideration at 248-226-1366!
Production Material buyer is responsible for all production part purchases and acts as liaison between customers located in Germany, Spain, Turkey, Argentina and Brazil and their US, Canada and Mexico suppliers. 1. Maintain Master Data in SAP 2. Issue and maintain…

Nicci Der-Stepanian

VB .Net Developers needed in the Pontiac area
VB .net Developer for a company in the Pontiac area. This is a long term contract position (Vacation/Holiday pay and option to buy into Health Care is available!) 1 – 2 years Experience is required!! Please send resumes to Nicci at Performance Support…

Technical Writers with Translation Skills
We are currently seeking experienced Technical Writers with Translation experience in the following languages: Chinese (Mandarin) Italian Spanish Portuguese Hindi Technical documents for engineers need to be translated from English into these languages. Applicant…

Melissa Lecznar PHR

.net Team Lead e-mail me:
I don’t have all the details yet but I am expecting a .net team lead position. Anybody interested?

Web designer needed Location: Detroit e-mail me your:
Able to code in the following: HTML, CSS, Javascript, JSP, XSLT, and XML Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and fireworks JSP and PHP

Craig Jackson

Cognos Consultant
EXPERIENCE SUMMARY Seeking a consultant with 5+ years of experience in Business Intelligence (COGNOS/TM1) and Data Warehousing Applications (Teradata). Experienced with report design and development in Cognos 8.4 environment is required. Consultant must be highly…

Matt Migliaccio

Test Lead/Manager Position available in Metro Detroit!
Please contact me for more information at!

Senior Project Manager Positions available in Metro Detroit!
Please contact me for more information and send your resume to

Direct Hire Oracle Developer Position available in Metro Detroit!
We currently have a Direct Hire Oracle Developer Position in Metro Detroit, please send your resume to Thank you!

Mike Ardrey

Product Creation Application Engineer .
Product Creation Application Engineer/TI7360 Position Title: Product Creation Application Engineering Practitioner Position Description: Develop & support desktop PC-based engineering software tools compliant to Client ITPM. Collaborate with tools SMEs on design of…

Leigh Haugen

Senior Java Developers and Quality Assurance Professionals
Outstanding career opportunities for Senior Java Developers and Quality Assurance Professionals! A rare combination of challenges, perks and benefits you don’t often find! Contract, contract-to-hire and direct opportunities. Please contact me in complete confidence:…

Julie Piazza

Network Technician
Education/Experience/Certifications Desired: -Associates Degree or above -Microsoft MCP -Minimum 2 years experience in field servicing and supporting Microsoft networks, including Active Directory and Exchange Servers -Advanced Microsoft Certifications, Microsoft Server…

Michelle Garretson

Sr. Oracle Developer needed ASAP – long term contract opportunity – Southfield, MI – must have exp. w/Oracle (RDBMS)

Cindy Rodgers

Software Build & Install Specialist (Troy, MI) – Direct Position with Stable, Growing Software Company!!
Position will focus on performing daily builds and creating install packages for our proprietary enterprise software products. Position is full-time and includes a competitive compensation and benefits package. We’re looking for: 5+ years experience with frequent…

Contact details and other positions are always available within our LinkedIn group:

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