Pink Slip Party in June, Plus Explosions, Jobs, Updates and More for 5/23/2012

You can tell it’s been a while since we’ve done a Pink Slip Party.

We haven’t even really started talking about it yet, and we’re already at about a dozen recruiters who have written in confirming they’ll be there and asking what they need to know, and the resumes from job seekers have started to flow in as well.

We deliberately took a break from doing them for a while, and that just sort of evolved into a nine month hiatus while we focused on our casual networking events and helped return a little stability to things.

But it’s time, and so it’s time to start talking about it…

Actually, we’ll get to that in just a moment.  There are only a few quick items to mention this week besides the Pink Slip Party, so let’s get those out of the way.

Bob thinks he’s figured out Twitter.  Well, Bob thinks he’s figured out how the user base of Twitter differs from the user base of Facebook from a behaviors standpoint.  You can read about that here

We had another update come in from Mike in Afghanistan about our care package from the December event at Dragonmead, and you should hop over here – – to read it.  Because we got blown up.  Sort of.

We had a really great event last week at the BlackFinn with the IT Section of the Michigan Bar Association in attendance.  You can read a recap and some updates from it here:

We have a new record to show you that sometimes it’s not a marathon, it’s a sprint: someone met a contact at our Pink Slip Party in April of 2010.  That finally just turned into a job two weeks ago.  So, April of 2010 through May of 2012.  That’s quite a stretch, but it does hammer the point home that finding the right fit for both sides can take some time.

Which I guess is as good of a segue as any.

[deep breath]

The Pink Slip Party.

It’ll happen on Thursday, June 21st.  It’ll be at Woody’s.  We’re taking over the entire second floor, so we should be good on space.  It’ll start at 5:01pm, just like all of our other events.

Please…please…take the time to read a few things:

Our Pink Slip Party page here on the site – – will give you the basics of what these are, what they’re for, how we run them, and why they’re a little different from our normal casual networking events.

The Frequently Asked Questions page – – will answer most, if not all, of the questions that you may have about our events.  We’ve even just gone through and recently updated them.  Seriously, read that before you email us, call us, text us, post a message in the LinkedIn group or anything else…because if you ask us a question that’s answered in the FAQs, we will point and laugh at you.

We take the time to put these events together, and we took the time to build an FAQ, so you can take the time to read.  Honest, it won’t hurt.

Now, the other thing that won’t hurt is to let us know you’re coming.  You know us – we’re exceedingly laid back and casual about things, but, well, sometimes these Pink Slip Party events have gotten a little bigger than expected as a result of our casual nature and we need to plan better.  If for no other reason than we like to be as up-front with the venue as we are with you when it comes to these.

So, we’re asking two more things of you:

First, take a moment and hit the LinkedIn event listing at and let us know you’re coming.

Next, if you’re planning on coming and want to make your life a little easier, please drop us an email at

If you’re a recruiter, drop us a note telling us that you’re coming, the name of your company, and if you think you’ll be bringing anybody else from your company with you.  Again (and you know this because you’re smart and have already read the FAQs) we don’t want anything else from you.  There’s no table fee.  No registration fee.  We don’t want kickbacks or referral fees if you hire someone.  We just want to know you’re coming so that we can have a badge waiting for you when you get there so that it makes your life easier by being prepared and ready to go as soon as you get there.

If you’re a job seeker, drop us an email with your resume…if you want to have it distributed out to the recruiters that are coming ahead of the event.

But again, that’s all in the Frequently Asked Questions.  Which you’ve read.

You’ll also want to be paying attention to our LinkedIn group at, because that’s where you’ll find conversations leading up to the event with people you might want to chat with, and of course jobs posted by recruiters who attend our events that will be there looking to hire you.

And yep, there are always jobs floating around to be had in our LinkedIn group.  Right now, people are hunting for .Net developers, Java developers, Linux admins and just about everything else you can think of.  Here’s a bit of what’s in there currently:

Hilary Weaver

LINUX peeps! We need a systems architect! we’re awesome, so if you know linux and networking (among other things), you should totally check this job listing out. We’re a pretty sweet startup and we’re adding to the team!

Kim Persinger

Looking for C/C++ Embedded Systems Developers and Project Managers consistently for a long standing client of ours. These are permanent… Please submit qualified candidates to me through linked in. Thanks!

Mark Brown

perm Network/Server Admin opportunity in Metro Detroit. Please contact Mark Brown at or (248)931-0468 for… Proficiency in network expertise, including Cisco firewalls, Switches, Routers. Knowledgeable with Wireless Network Infrastructures. Must have an understanding of the TCP/IP stack and 5-7 years’ experience supporting LAN…

Jason P. Sullivan

Senior Java Software Engineer– 3 Year Contract – Troy, MI – Fortune 15 Client Job Description 1) Position will be a development lead for an infrastructure that contains: a. DB2 database that contains metadata on over 100 million profiles, data architecture/development of large databases is important…

Margaret Doetsch

Looking for a freelance EDI developer for occasional work. Must have experience with Gentran for Windows, JD Edwards Enterprise One and… Ideally, you would be available to handle ODBC mapping and trading partner setup if I don’t have the time or expertise to handle myself. We currently have a deteriorating relationship with an out-of-state freelancer, so I’m…

Amy Bartkiewicz

I have a great job opportunity available – fantastic work environment – spread the word! Job: Sr. Desktop Engineer in Dearborn, MI The role of the Desktop Engineer is to provide Level 2 support for Field Engineers and troubleshoot issues affecting multiple PCs.  Primary responsibilities: Represent the Desktop…

Michael Boumansour

We are looking for two kick-ass senior .NET developers. We are growing like crazy and have development needs in the areas of ASP.NET,… We are looking for two kick-ass senior .NET developers. We are growing like crazy and have development needs in the areas of ASP.NET, Business Intelligence, Cloud Services, and Mobile. We are a true Agile shop employing…

Clarissa Kieliszewski

I’m hiring! In need of a Mid-Senior .NET Developer in Troy, MI – time sensitive – US Citizen, Green Card Holder or H1B Transferrable VISA… CIBER is seeking a .Net developer with three to five years of experience in web development projects. This candidate will participate in custom application development and support, predominately in the technology of…

Catherine King

Calling all .NET Developers for an amazing opportunity in Detroit, MI. You won’t believe the perks!! Hiring several people so call me… .NET Developer in Detroit, MI Tech2 Resources is hiring several .Net Developers in the Detroit, MI area. Great direct-hire opportunity with a solid company that offers amazing perks and outstanding benefits. Call Catherine…

Jennifer Hite

Materials Engineer Contracted Position Opportunity- Warren, MI Contract Position Materials Engineer that is proficient in AutoCAD and Factory Flow. Job assignment is for approximately 7 months. Prefer 5 to 10 years experience in manufacturing environment (Industrial Engineer). …

John Channell

I am looking for a Jr Business Analyst with 2 to 4 years experience. A great position for a solid Project Coordinator and someone looking… Strong verbal and written communications skills  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (technical and non-technical)  Demonstrated ability to work in a high-intensity, multi-project environment  Microsoft Power…

Ryan Kargleder

Open 6 Month Contract .NET Developer Position in Bloomfield Hills, MI!! Please send all resumes to Ryan at .NET Developer Bloomfield Hills, MI Looking to fill ASAP!! The Senior Solution Developer is responsible for implementation of the presentation tier of complex web applications. Candidates must have expertise in ASP.NET…

Phil Jacokes

Senior Software Engineer Looking for a dynamic and open work environment, where technology is the driving force? Then Grand River Interactive (GRI) is the place for you. While technical aptitude is a must, creativity and the ability to communicate…

Software Engineer Looking for a dynamic and open work environment, where technology is the driving force? Then Grand River Interactive (GRI) is the place for you. While technical aptitude is a must, creativity and the ability to communicate…

Matthew Holtz

Direct Hire Opportunity for a Systems Administrator. Location: Metro Detroit Listing of job functions: Introducing new technologies Performing Backups  Conducting audits  Applying system patches, updates, and configuration changes.  Answering technical questions  …

Jim Carlson

Direct Hire Opportunity. Greater Detroit. Manager, Product Management Lead/ manage Service Delivery, Lead Development Groups,…

Shiva Polavarapu

Looking for Technical BA/QA for Detoit, MI must be GC or USC

Development Manager ( Lamp), South Field, MI .Direct Hire Salary is 75-95K+ Benefits. Please send any submittal to…

Back-End PHP Developer , South field, MI-F2F Interview Mandatory, direct Hire 45k-65K/year + benefits. Please send any submittal to…

Randy Lucier

Plant IT Administrator – 2nd Shift – Warren, MI – Direct Hire – Support plant floor IT systems – PCs, Servers, LAN, barcode scanners,… Must have Plant Floor IT experience – Great wages, BCBS benefits, 401k + match and bonuses. This is an opportunity to join a quickly growing organization. Act fast…this role won’t be open for long.

Chris Douglas

Exciting opportunity. Please inquire if interested. Job: Business Analyst in Farmington Hills, MI Description:  The Business Analyst role is a multi-faceted role which includes all aspects of the requirements gathering and documentation process.  It also includes various…

Calling all .NET Programmers. I have several openings. Know anyone for this job? .NET Developer in Livonia, MI The .NET Developer’s responsibilities include analysis, design, implementation and testing for a Personal Lines policy issuance software product. This position will…

Natalie Staroba

We are searching for a software engineer who has experience with integrating Voice Recognition software solutions into embedded and… Principal Voice Recognition Engineer (1392-LI) LOCATION Farmington Hills, MI COMPENSATION Up to 90-110K REQUIRED Experience with integrating Voice Recognition (VR) software solutions into embedded and…

We are searching for a Product Manager to join our client’s Product Management Team. The Product Manager will serve as product expert combining market analysis, end-user feedback, and development knowledge to establish a distinctive product vision, multi-year solution roadmap, and an effective engineering…

We are searching for a Junior .NET Developer to assist with Website development and database programming. .Net Developer – Junior (1436-LI)
LOCATION Farmington Hills, MI COMPENSATION 25-30/hr with a salary conversion in the range of 50-65K Candidate must possess the desire and ability to learn new skills and take on a…

Sang Lam

Currently seeking experienced Oracle Developer for a direct hire position in Farmington Hills! Contact me if you are interested or know…

Joe Grabowski

Experts in IDM/IAM, SSO and Portals – fantastic opportunities available with an industry leader in cloud computing! Please contact me…

Great opportunity available for Oracle DBAs in Detroit, MI – production support working with top of the line technology (11g, 11.2 RAC,…

As always, further details about these and other jobs posted, contact info, and everything else about them that you’d want to know…all in the LinkedIn group.

Okay, so that’s jobs and chats in the LinkedIn group, events stuff for the Pink Slip Party, the recap from last week, how our shirt died a valiant death, Bob’s latest entry, 87 reminders to read the Frequently Asked Questions

Cool.  I think we’re done here.  See you next time.


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