Event Next Week, Jobs, Learn To Code, And So Much More – Updates for 1/11/2012

…and a contest to win lunch with Governor Snyder.  And an iPad2, some career counseling, some training, and all sorts of other good stuff.

Oh, and want to be a Detroit Red Wing for a day?  There’s a contest for that, too.  You know, now that the Lions are all done, the Pistons are sucking, baseball is still months away and so people will actually pay attention to the Red Wings for a while before Hockeytown Fever hits with the playoffs and suddenly everyone pretends to know what boarding is.

Then we’ve got a little mini-rant in conjunction with our event next Thursday night at the BlackFinn in Royal Oak, a whole mess of jobs and chatter in the LinkedIn group, we asked for feedback about our Pink Slip Party events, and then we started to get some which led to an open response to some of it sitting over here, we told you about a couple ways to pick up some coding skills on the cheap…or even free

Whew.  You’d think we were getting paid to do all of this or something…oh wait, some of you confused us with other people that actually do try to make money off of you.

Yeah, it’s been a fun week.  So let’s go ahead and get started…

First thing’s first.  Like I said, there’s a little mini-rant sitting out at http://www.ITinTheD.com/2950/our-next-event/ as well as a reminder that our next casual networking event takes place next week.  Thursday, January 19th.  BlackFinn.  Back room.  5:01 start time.  Totally free of charge to attend.

Speaking of events, do remember that you can always catch the details on all of our events out on…umm, well, duh…our Events page here on the site out at http://www.ITinTheD.com/meet/  We’ve got next week, as well as February, March, April and May booked and ready to go.

Now, on that same topic…if you’ve never come to one of our events before, you might want to read this exchange over here at http://www.ITinTheD.com/2952/an-open-response-to-a-note-about-our-events/, since that basically walks through one person’s experience as it relates to showing up at one of our Pink Slip Party events, feeling a little overwhelmed, and then some hints, tips and discussion about how to best handle walking in for the first time, and how to make the most of it in general.

Actually, even if you have come to one of our events before, you probably ought to read that.  In fact, especially if you’ve only been to only one of our events and felt a bit overwhelmed…it’s a really good read, because it talks about the change between the first and second event someone came to, and how things have gotten better.

That feedback came about as a result of this post over here at http://www.ITinTheD.com/2924/psp-tweak/ where we asked for feedback about our Pink Slip Party events…and we still want more, so hop over there and chime in either with our Contact Us page, or in the LinkedIn group, or come bend our ear at next week’s event…whatever works.

Let’s see…what’s up next.  Oh yeah, teaching you how to code.

There are two pretty cool initiatives going on, Shifting Code (an offshoot of the Shifting Gears program that you’ve likely read about from us before) and CodeYear.  You can read about both over here at http://www.ITinTheD.com/2947/learn-how-to-code-gov-snyder/ if you’re so inclined.

That same page has the information about the contest to win a lunch with Governor Snyder, as well as the iPad2, career training, and all of the other stuff that you will, of course, pretend to want far less than lunch with a politician if you win.

And then that other contest if you want to be an honorary Detroit Red Wing for a day over at http://redwings.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=76431

Which brings us to our LinkedIn group.  You’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy…oops, sorry.  Yeah, there might have been a chat about Star Wars that took place in there this week.  Well, actually…it wasn’t so much a chat “about” Star Wars as much as it was a chat about an article covering a “Geek Bucket List” for 2012 with a bunch of release dates and events taking place…and, ummm, well, yeah, we’re geeks.  We started talking about Star Wars.  It happens.

But that’s still a pretty cool topic going on.  As are the chats about the technology from The Minority Report coming to your Windows platform systems via Kinect in February, FCC and their control over the airwaves, spammers, SOPA, and all sorts of other fun stuff.  So hop on over to http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=91763 and dive in.  It’s nowhere nearly as much fun as having those conversations in person at our events…but, well, you do what you can when you can, right?  Right.

On the topic of “do”…you know that thing you do more than just about anything else in your life?  Yeah, “work”.  Well, there are plenty of jobs from recruiters that participate in our group sitting out there as well.  You can get right to the Job Discussions (yes, LinkedIn changed the name…again…sigh…) via this link – http://www.linkedin.com/groups?careerDiscussion=&gid=91763 – or simply by logging into LinkedIn, hitting our group, then hit the “jobs” link in our group’s navigation, and then hit “Job Discussions” on the left-hand side once you’re in Jobs.

Yeah…I’d just try to use the link if I were you.  They keep making it more and more convoluted.

We’ve had quite a few new recruiters join the group over the past month or so, and they’re starting to dive in and post jobs.  Hopefully they’ll pay attention when we keep telling them that it’s a two-way street…they’re going to need to be showing up at our events just like you do in order to build those connections and be more than some random words in a post in the group.  But, speaking of posting…here’s a bit of what’s out there at the moment:

Cathy Pawlicki

New career opportunities at Verizon in Auburn Hills, MI.
Network Engineer/HP Specialist position available on the Verizon team, for more information visit https://www22.verizon.com/about/careers/jobsearch, US, Detroit, MI.

Holly Groszko

Searching for a software engineer with C++, C#, java, .NET, CSS, HTML and middleware experience. BS degree preferred as well as…

I need a software engineer with C/C++/C# skills, Linux, Windows programming, GUI design, and SQL expertise in Ann Arbor. BS is…

Melissa Lecznar PHR

System Engineer needed Detroit e-mail me: melissa.lecznar@global-itech or call 248-557-2480 ext 109
I need someone with VWware and EMC SAN storage experience ASAP. Thanks

Matt Migliaccio

We have 5 junior to mid level .NET Developer positions available in Metro Detroit. Please contact me for more information!

Deena Wiltsie dwiltsie@jdmconsulting.com

Sr. Developer  Farmington Hills Immediate Start
Sr. Developer  Farmington Hills, MI Required Skills: Java, J2EE 5+ years development experience Oracle SOA  at least the ability to navigate within the product Solid data/database skills SQL Good communication skills …

Judy Konya

Seeking Solution Consultant for our corporate office in Livonia, MI

Seeking Experienced Senior Network Administrator for our corporate office in Livonia, MI

Seeking Product Manager for our corporate office in Livonia, MI


Web Services Manager

Web Developer


Brenda Jones

I am hiring Software Engineers at MyBuys: PL/SQL, SQL Loader, Java, Oracle, web technologies, ETL. We are a energetic e-marketing…
Professional Services is responsible for technical implementation and support of our clients via phone and email (no travel required). Additionally, you’ll use your business acumen and creativity to maximize the client…

Jeff Schuster

Looking for a Lombardi Teamworks BPM Technical Consultant in Detroit, MI. Full-time, direct opportunity.
Job: Lombardi Teamworks BPM Technical Consultant in Detroit, MI We are currently looking for an IBM BPM Lombardi Teamworks Technical Consultant for our national IBM practice, to be based in Detroit, MI.   Experience…

Matt Glynn

Multiple Silverlight / C# Openings – Metro Detroit
I have as many as 5 open silverlight openings for a great information services company! My client is open to all levels of experience. If interested, please send your resume to mglynn@gobrightwing.com.

Senior .NET Developer – DIRECT – Work From Home Opportunity!
Must be able to commute on rare occassions to office in Bay City, MI. If interested, please email a copy of your resume to mglynn@gobrightwing.com.

Diane Mabry dmabry@fastswitch.com

Process Analyst 6 month contract Jackson MI
The Process Analyst facilitates the optimization of business unit performance by enhancing the alignment between business processes and information technology. The role performs complex business process analysis and design….

Sandra Bertoldi

Project Manager (PMO) position in Southfield, MI
Stefanini has a full time Project Manager (PMO) opportunity in Southfield, MI. This is a critical position within the PMO in managing new customer/business launches and new business sales support. Experienced project manager…

Amy Bartkiewicz

I’m hiring – it’s a great place to work – check out this opening
Are you a good fit for this job? Project Coordinator in Dearborn, MI Perform and coordinate project management activities. Serve as primary support for project management leadership to facilitate a large-scale healthcare IT…

Monica (Van Scyoc) DeJager monica.vanscyoc@experis.com

PERMANENT HIRE! My exciting client in Troy, Mi is looking for a BA/QA with strong SQL skills.
I can probably get you an interview within 2 days if you are qualified and fit the details below. Call me for immediate consideration!!! Great client with immediate needs!!! Job Title: Business Analyst/Quality…

MULTIPLE Sharepoint opportunities!!!! Call me ASAP!!! 248-226-1366
Location: Redford, MI Duration: up to 18 months. Here are the details. I’m working closely with this hiring manager. We have consultants on her team already and she needs 2 more Sharepoint developers. Please call…

Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Application Developer position

Clarissa Kieliszewski

It’s a New Year and maybe time for a New Job! Urgent need for a Software Implementation Engineer for Michigan – training starts Jan 9th!…
The Senior Implementation Engineer is responsible for driving new and existing customer implementations of client as part of the Technical Services organization. Working as part of the Technical Services organization,…

…and there’s more out there.  And likely more will get posted after this goes live…because, well, that’s just how these things work.

So, if you’re in the market, have a look.

Okay, so I think that’s all for this time.

See you next Thursday – http://www.ITinTheD.com/meet/ – in the back room of the BlackFinn in Royal Oak. You can also find the event listing on Linkedin at http://linkd.in/uK3613


Bob, Dave and Jeff

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