Everything You Need To Know About Our Pink Slip Party Next Week and More

It’s just about that time again.  The resumes are starting to come in.  We’re getting the badges queued up for recruiters.  The venue is prepped.  The media’s started asking questions.  I’ve developed the usual twitch over my left eye wondering what we’re forgetting.

Pink Slip Party time.  Twice a year, we get some of the best companies here in the area to sponsor our efforts to help improve things for professionals in and around the metro Detroit information technology community.  We take over a larger than normal venue, and we focus our efforts on helping people find jobs.

We’ve also got our live broadcast tonight, a whole bunch of blog entries for you, and a whole bunch more.

So let’s talk about everything you need to know about these Pink Slip Party events, as well as everything else we’ve got going on leading up to it…

3128831335_ee4a19a557Let’s cover the basics first.

Thursday, September 18th.


2013-10-30-11165_162653281663_1196605_n1The Majestic is located at 4120 Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit.

It’s an awesome venue with a lot of history…and let’s just make sure you noticed that there’s a venue change: we know the last few of these have been over at St Andrews.  We’re not there this time.  We’re at The Majestic.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASay it with me: “The…Majestic”.

We’re incredibly excited to move over to this new venue, and we’re really looking forward to seeing everyone there.

However, as we said, none of this would be possible without our sponsors.

And who are our sponsors this time around?

Logicalis: http://www.us.logicalis.com/

Arrow Strategies: http://arrowstrategies.com/

Brightwing: http://www.gobrightwing.com/

Open Systems Technologies: http://www.ostusa.com/

New Horizons Great Lakes: http://nhgreatlakes.com/

We’ll be doing deeper profiles on all of our sponsors in the coming days, and they’ll be on our show in short order, but the links are up above, so go check them out!

So, the Pink Slip Party itself.  What do you need to know?  Lucky for you, we’ve answered that question a few times.  Check out the Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.itinthed.com/faq/

Wondering what they look like?  There are some photos here: http://www.itinthed.com/meet/photos/

Want to know how to really get some attention?  Show up in one of our shirts.  I assure you we’ll pay a hell of a lot of attention to you, so click here and check ’em out.

There’s a new video we just got, and you can see what one of our smaller events look like (as well as some videos of news coverage of our other larger events like this one) here: http://www.itinthed.com/meet/

Main_1280x540_1_ListenWant to learn more?  Well, we have our live broadcast tonight, and you can be sure that’ll be a topic.  Somewhere in between discussing the latest on the celebrity photo leak and talking with our guests, we’ll find time to talk about the Pink Slip Party, I’m sure.  So you should probably listen.  You can find out all about our show at http://www.itinthed.com/listen/, and we even have handy dandy “How to Listen” instructions at http://www.itinthed.com/listen/how-to-listen/

All of our past shows can be found on our archives at http://www.itinthed.com/listen/it-in-the-d-show-archives/, or out on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/itinthed, or any of the other methods out at http://www.itinthed.com/listen/how-to-listen/

09082014We’ve got two great guests joining us as well for tonight’s episode – we’re joined by Gerald Smith, the Senior Manager, Government and Regulatory Affairs for Comcast’s Heartland region, and Michael Mode, an entrepreneur, a speaker, and oh yeah…he’s also a magician.

Gerald is joining us to talk about Comcast’s “Internet Essentials” program providing up to six months of free high-speed Internet service to low-income families with school-aged children – continuing at a discounted $9.95 a month after the free period. Additionally, families have the option to purchase a computer for less than $150; and multiple options for digital literacy training in print, online, and in-person.

Michael is joining us to talk about his various business endeavors, lessons learned, and…and I promised him I wouldn’t make any corny “magic in your own life” jokes…

Listen live and call in: 313.462.0107 or hit us up on twitter at https://www.twitter.com/ITintheD

Blog entries?  Oh, do we have blog entries for you.

On our Read page at http://www.itinthed.com/read/, you’ll find this mix of newly published and old gems that have bubbled up waiting for you:

Basic press release and info about next Thursday is at http://www.itinthed.com/15680/it-job-fair-september-pink-slip-party-majestic/

seagull1I did some reflecting on the influx of events, conferences, seminars, and sorts of stuff now that Detroit is “cool” being done by people that I’d never really…well, hey, go read Please Do Not Feed The Seagulls at http://www.itinthed.com/15654/please-do-not-feed-the-seagulls/ to find out more.

zip1Did you know that there’s a Recliner Principle Part 2?  No?  Well, employers can get just as trapped in that recliner, so go read http://www.itinthed.com/7098/the-recliner-principle-ii/

Oh, recruiters…you’re so silly sometimes.  That ZipRecruiter tool that so many of you are loving lately is slitting your own throats and you don’t even know it.  So go read more at http://www.itinthed.com/15609/why-you-need-to-stop-using-ziprecruiter-immediately/ and save yourselves.

Some good advice from a recruiter that you might want to read before next Thursday can be found at http://www.itinthed.com/1787/the-recruiter-strikes-back-3-the-hits-just-keep-on-coming/

You don’t have to become a beta to avoid being a betta.  Not sure what that’s about?  You should, because it doesn’t matter if you’re an employee or an employer, you definitely want to keep an eye out for bettas.  So go read more at http://www.itinthed.com/2633/dont-be-that-guy-the-betta-fish/

For recruiters, there’s nothing worse than an MBA candidate.  And I’m not talking about anything to do with college…I’m talking Married, But Available: http://www.itinthed.com/2264/dont-be-that-guy-the-mba-candidate/

bpart_hypothesis2There is literally nothing more core to the concepts of networking than The Bachelor Party Hypothesis.  You have to know where you are in someone else’s hierarchy, not just where they rank in yours: http://www.itinthed.com/3316/the-bachelor-party-hypothesis/

We’ve had a lot of new folks join the LinkedIn and Meetup groups lately, as well as starting to catch up with us on Facebook and Twitter.  For the new folks, here’s the background on who we are, what we do, and why we do it: http://www.itinthed.com/the-story/

Main_728x307_0_WelcomeOnce you know the background, do you know the basic pillars of what we do?  We have our blogs at Read http://www.itinthed.com/read/, our events at Meet http://www.itinthed.com/meet/, our live broadcasts at Listen http://www.itinthed.com/listen/, we try and help you improve your skills at Learn http://www.itinthed.com/learn/, and then we try and help you find a new job or people to hire at Work http://www.itinthed.com/work/

The links for our LinkedIn group, Facebook, Twitter, etc., are all down below.  Click ’em and join, like or follow us as appropriate…and then listen live tonight for our next round of fun.


Bob, Dave and Jeff
IT in the D
On the web: http://www.ITinTheD.com
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On LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/IT-in-D-91763
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