Casual Networking Event Tomorrow Night! Plus Jobs, Updates and More For 3/9/2011

For some reason, the past few weeks seem to have flown by…and yep, it’s time for the first of two casual networking events this month.  Tomorrow (Thursday the 10th) night at the BlackFinn.  Back room.  5:00 start time.  As with all of our events, this one’s still free to attend, still great for networking, still a good place to come find a new job, still won’t have sponsors, and still a great place to come chat with others in the IT industry here in the metro Detroit area.  We’ve got that going on, plus another event later in the month, we’re still looking for some feedback from you, LinkedIn’s gone and broken one of the Seven Deadly Sins of Networking, we’ve got new recruiters showing up and a whole bunch of new jobs in our LinkedIn group, and I want you to help encourage one of our familiar recruiters to shave his head.

Yes, you read that right.  But we’ll get to that momentarily.

With all of that in mind, let’s go ahead and dive on in, shall we…

First, there’s our event.  For details, check out the listing our our site – or on LinkedIn  We’re looking forward to seeing you there.  If it’s your first time coming to one of our events, you might want to check out the entries we have out specifically for Job Seekers or Recruiters, as well as our Networking Basics section, just to get a feel for what to expect.

On the head shaving front, some of you may know Mark Brown, owner of Brown Staffing Solutions, from our events. Mark’s been a phenomenal supporter for and has had a decent amount of success at our events finding people new gigs.

Mark’s participating in a fundraising event, the proceeds of which go towards research and the fight against children’s cancer.

He’s being all double-top-secret probation about it and just sending notes to friends and colleagues…but since Mark has been a great supporter of ours, I think it’s only fair that we support him in this.

Following is his note, and the details. If you can, give. If you can’t…at least show up at future events and pat him on the back (and rub his head) for doing something positive.

I’m reaching out to family and friends for donations on behalf of St. Baldrick’s, a group that helps to raise money to research and to fight children’s cancer. On March 12, 2011, I will be participating in a St. Baldrick’s event in Traverse City, Michigan. At this event, I will be one of many who is volunteering to have their head shaved in support of this good cause. Please consider donating – not only will you be helping a great cause, you’ll get exclusive pictures of me with a shaved head.

How to donate:

Please go to their web site at

Once on the site, click “Make a Donation” on the left side of the home page. On the next page, select the middle option, “Donate on behalf of a Participant or Team” and click on “Participant”. Enter my name, “Mark Brown” and check “shavee” and hit “search” – that will take you to the event where I’m getting my head shaved. Once on that page, click on “Donate” (towards the upper right hand corner) and the site will walk you through from there.

Thanks again for helping a great cause

Next, don’t forget to stop by and give us some feedback out at As we always have, we listen.  The group…our events…what we do and, to some extent, how we do it…will always evolve and shift based on what’s needed.  We’ve come a long way from three guys having a beer at Woodward Avenue Brewery deciding that the time was right to bring “back”.  Quite a way from five guys sitting at the Post Bar in Ferndale on a random Wednesday night a few weeks later staring at each other saying “Okay…now what?!”.  Member number 2300 joined our LinkedIn group last week.  That’s not too shabby, considering that we’ve declined, blocked or removed probably half that number in trying to keep the group focused.  And that focus is why we ask for feedback.  So far, we’ve heard from every job seeker that they want a secure place to post their resume for the recruiters that participate in our group to search for and view.  We’ve heard from every recruiter that’s responded that they’d love that as well.  We’ve heard from just about everyone that they’d like us to pull together a once-a-year larger, conference style event.  We’re working on those.

We’ve also heard in all the responses “keep doing what you’re doing”.  And we thank you for that.  It’s always nice to hear that what we think are the right things to do wind up actually being the right things to do.

Speaking of the right thing to do, LinkedIn’s been doing anything but that lately.  As I’m sure you’re aware, we’ve been banging our heads against the proverbial wall for the last few weeks with the Jobs function on LinkedIn being all jacked up.  Well, they fixed it…sort of.  The problem is that sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.  So you might want to have a read over before you go looking for the Jobs (or some of the pretty good discussions going on) in our LinkedIn group.  They’re there…you just have to look for them a bit harder now thanks to the latest “upgrade”.

UPDATE: It’s so broken at this point, that you may need to take this approach to get to the jobs:

When you get there, you’ll find quite a few jobs waiting for you.  Here’s a look at what’s out there currently:

Mina Stanton

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Jason P. Sullivan

Program Manager – 12+ Month Contract – Fortune 5 Client – Troy
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System Architect 18+ Contract Troy, MI
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Matt Karrandja

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SharePoint Developer – Contract Located in Auburn Hills
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Craig Jackson

Microsoft SSIS Developer
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Matt Glynn

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Heather Gilbeau, CIR, CSSR, CDR

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Ceramic Castings/Coatings Program Process Engineer at GE AMSTC
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Jaime Wise

Looking for IT and Engineering Recruiters for Southfield. Please reach out if interested, thanks! or 813-552-3718.

Matt Migliaccio

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Must have SQL, Access, Excel experience. Please contact for more information at

Mark DiCarlo

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Michelle Garretson

Oracle functional folks needed (Business Analysts)- ADA, MI – direct hire positions –

Lindsay Czerniak, MBA

Compuware is Hiring Java/J2EE Developers & Architects – Detroit, MI. All positions are full-time, salaried with benefits. Relocation is…
Founded in 1973, Compuware provides software, experts and best practices to ensure applications work well and deliver business value. Compuware solutions optimize end-to-end application performance across the Enterprise and…

Compuware is Hiring HealthCare IT Professionals – Detroit, MI. All positions are full-time, salaried with benefits. Relocation is…
Founded in 1973, Compuware provides software, experts and best practices to ensure applications work well and deliver business value. Compuware solutions optimize end-to-end application performance across the Enterprise and…

Compuware is Hiring for its Mobile Development Team – Detroit, MI. All positions are full-time, salaried with benefits.
Founded in 1973, Compuware provides software, experts and best practices to ensure applications work well and deliver business value. Compuware solutions optimize end-to-end application performance across the Enterprise and…

Matthew Holtz

Technology Specialist, Senior
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Technology Consultant
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Project Manager Senior / ITS Technical Lead
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Melissa Lecznar PHR

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Pam Peterson

Temporary Programmer Required skills- C#, SQL Server, .net experience. Web application development experience a plus CONTACT: Pamela…

Rob Geer

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Check out our website or contact me for more details. Rob Geer

Mary Ann Nenninger

ForeSee Results is the leader in online customer satisfaction measurement, applying science and technology to the measurement and…
I am looking to add
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Monica VanScyoc

MS Dynamic Technical Lead. Please call 248.226.1366 for more information!!
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Michael J. Shafran

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Jeff Schuster

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Tony Hoban

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…and that’s a look at what’s out there.  Don’t forget to keep an eye on the LinkedIn group throughout the day and into tomorrow leading up to our event at the BlackFinn…which, again, starts at 5:00, is in the back room, and is completely free to attend.  Look forward to seeing you there!  Remember, you can hit the site for details at any time –

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