Casual Networking Event in Two Weeks, News, Jobs and Updates for 10/3/2012

Well, here we are.

Officially October.

We’re two weeks away from our next casual networking event for metro Detroit information technology professionals.  We’ve got some reading material for you.  Our LinkedIn group is pleasantly active.  There are plenty of jobs out there to be had if you’re looking.  There’s a cool event taking place this weekend for WordPress users and developers.  A pub crawl, party bus, and all around good time taking place later this month.

All good things…so let’s get to some details…

As always we start with our next upcoming event.

Our next casual networking event for information technology professionals here in metro Detroit will be on Thursday, October 18th, and it will take place at Tipsy McStaggers in Warren.

5:01pm start time. Decent little place, locally owned and operated, and it’s good to get back there.

Details are available on our site: or on LinkedIn, Facebook (, Meetup (, or any of our other “presence” pages or event listings around the web.

Looking forward to seeing you all there, and they’re excited to have us coming back as well.

You know what else is kind of exciting? The Great Halloween Pub Crawl of 2012. Remember how I mentioned that I’m going to be doing about one of those per month? Well, here’s the one for October – – so get the babysitters lined up, and let’s do this.  Early Bird pricing ends Friday.

Wordcamp Detroit 2012 takes place this Saturday downtown at the Madison building.  This is a good way for developers and users of WordPress to dive in, get some great information, and meet some people along the way.  Details can be found out at

Looking for some reading material?

Check out our three entries on How Not To Suck At Interviewing for a Job.  You can find Part 1 at, Part 2 at, and Part 3 over at

For the sake of all that’s good and decent in the world, Stop Twittering Yourself!  You can read what that means and how annoying it is out at

The topic of resumes keeps coming up, and so we encourage you to read Bad Resume Guy at and the sequel, Bad Resume Guy 2: Is It Me You’re Looking For? over at

…and those are just a few things that can be found by clicking around our blog, so by all means, go start reading:

Do you keep up with us on Facebook?

If not, you’re missing some funny stuff.  Or at least stuff we think is funny…and really, that’s what matters most.

Because yes, that image over there is funny.  But some of the comments that came after were far better.

So check us out at

Now…what’s going on in our LinkedIn group?  Quite a bit, actually.  You can find it over at, and here are a few of the discussions underway:

– What gets asked during an exit interview?

– Linkedin wants to be Facebook, and also wants you to start blogging.  On Linkedin, naturally.

– People are dumb.

– Iowa State University is opening a security lab, sounds like a cool idea.

– Are the new LinkedIn mini-endorsements for skills useful, or just annoying?

– Wanna hit an event in Ann Arbor next week?

– The dreaded resume gap.

– People actually get hired via our events.  Weird.

…all that and more, so hop on over to and dive in.

What, jobs?  Yeah, there are jobs.

On that front, I’ve had recruiters reach out to me directly for positions including WordPress contributors (you can write web copy, and know enough HTML to be dangerous), Linux workstation admins, and a few companies are also looking for recruiters to add to their teams.  If you fit the bill for any of those, drop me a note and I’m more than happy to arrange introductions for you.

That being said, let’s see what else is out at right now.

Randy Lucier

Direct Hire – Network & Hardware Administrator – Automotive Manufacturer – Harrison Twp. IT Systems planning for company development.  Establish and improve WAN, LAN, Network Security, Email, vpn, etc. Experience with QAD, MES, PDM, BPM, etc. Computer, print, moblie phone and telephone management.

Direct Hire – IT Administrator – Manufacturing Environment – Must know QAD – Location is Harrison Township. Please send resume to  Installation, confifguratrion and support of LAN, WAN. – Must know QAD. BCBS Benefits, 401k + match, PTO, paid vacation and bonuses.

Deena Wiltsie

WE’RE HIRING – Data Analyst utilizing SQL, Strong Excel skills. Call me (248) 729-0195  Extensive experience working with relational databases utilizing SQL Strong analytical and data management skills Strong Excel skills (effectively create and maintain spreadsheets, charts, graphs and routine documents)

Matt Glynn

New Senior QA Opportunity in Bingham Farms – Who do you know? We pay referral bonuses! Are you a good fit for this job? Senior QA Technician in Bingham Farms, MI Title: SeniorQA Tester Location: Bingham Farms, MI Term: Long-Term Contract (with possibility of going

Java/Flex Openings (3) in Farmington Hills, MI – Contract-to-Hire – Local Candidates Only  Hiring a Java/Flex Developer in Farmington Hills, MI Title: Java/Flex Developer Location: Farmington Hills, MI Term: Contract-to-Hire Start Date:  ASAP Pay Rate:

Demetra Dawson

Position: Sr. Oracle DBA The client is confidential. Perm Position – Direct Hire Rochester, Michigan 48306 Overview To be effective as a Sr. Oracle DBA at Client, the following proficiencies

Matthew Turner 

Compuware currently has an opening in our File-AID team for a skilled mainframe programmer. If interested in hearing more please send a

SQA Director – Compuware We are currently looking for a SQA Director to lead our Covisint subsidiary QE and QA teams. We are looking for a candidate who has experience in Quality Engineering. If interested in hearing more please message me for

Solution Architects and Software Architect openings @ Compuware  Compuware is currently seeking talented Java/Portal Architects to work in our R&D team for our Covisint Cloud products. In addition we have Solution Architect (Portal / Security) openings. Please message me for additional

Chuck Tyrrell


Now Hiring: Cisco Solutions Sr Account Executive in Troy, MI  Must show a proven ability in selling transformational solutions to executive and key business stakeholders within enterprise and

Karen Lopez

Seeking a Business Object Developer in Troy MI. The Business Objects Developer will lead the design and development of BI solutions using Business Objects. Perform configuration updates to existing software and/or

Seeking (3) Web Logic Administrators in Warren MI. – The WebLogic Administrator must have hands-on experience with implementing and supporting various middleware technologies including Weblogic – Extensive experience with

Seeking a UI Developer in Farmington Hills MI Working with Product Development, Business Analysts, and end-users, the User-Interface and User Experience Developer creates UI Prototypes and/or stories and develops final

Seeking Hyperion Essbase Planning Application Developer in Troy MI – Direct position. The Hyperion Essbase and Planning Application Developer will be responsible for the development and maintenance of Hyperion Planning

Business Analyst Opportunity  EIT is searching for A BUSINESS ANALYST ($70,000 + full benefits) located in Ann Arbor, MI We would like to make you aware of this opportunities. If you interested, please reply back to this email:

Seeking an ANDROID DEVELOPER (Remote Work) Responsibilities: The Android Developer will primarily be involved in significantly enhancing the functionality and performance with video playback. The ideal candidate must be

Hyperion SME (Financial)  Seeking a Hyperion (Financial) SME in Troy MI – Direct position. Implementing, documenting, maintaining and supporting the technical environment of the Hyperion applications including Essbase, Hyperion Financial Management

Oracle/Linux Script Developer Needed  Linux Script Developer with Oracle needed in Farmington Hills, MI ($75,000 – $85,000 ) Linux Script Developer with Oracle: Designs, develops, test and implements Linux shell scripts to support business requirements.

.NET Developer Opportunity Seeking a .NET Developer in Bloomfield Hills, MI ( $57 ph ) .NET Developer 5+ years direct experience in .NET development and/or programming design and systems management. Ecommerce and web development experience. Experience

Jim Carlson

Senior Linux / UNIX Systems Administrator Please email  Maintain operation of internet mail server, create email boxes and logins and removing obsolete email addresses, Install and upgrade new hardware and software, Maintain internal DNS server and addresses for corporate

Natalie Staroba

C# / .NET Developers (Direct Hire) (1530-LI) Be a part of a team developing software products for World Class Manufacturers – products that place an emphasis on lean tools to improve customer efficiency. LOCATION

Embedded Engineer (Automotive/CAN) (1506-LI) We are searching for two candidates with automotive subsystems development experience who can split their time between our client’s location in Farmington Hills and an automaker’s location in Auburn Hills. LOCATION

We are searching for a Software Analyst to work in the area of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV).  Software Analyst for AGV Systems (1513-LI) LOCATION Farmington Hills, MI TRAVEL 10% COMPENSATION 60-80K EDUCATION BSCS or equivalent 4 year degree, or 5 years experience developing industrial real-time

Datawarehouse/ETL/SAP (Contract-to-Hire) (1532-LI) Candidate must be fluent in how extracts work from SAP ECC to SAP BI as well as utilizing OpenHub Destinations to extract from SAP BI to another data warehouse.

Senior DB Engineer / Administrator (1524-LI) This will be somebody who understands how to store, retrieve and manage all attributes of LARGE databases in an efficient enterprise-wide methodology. LOCATION East

Software/Web Developer (Contract-to-Hire) (1520-LI) LOCATION Redford, MI COMPENSATION Up to 30/hr (depending on skills and experience) for contract portion Up to 60K upon conversion REQUIRED Experience with most

Designer/Usability Engineer (1535-LI) You will perform UI design and development tasks for a team developing software products for World Class Manufacturers – products that place an emphasis on lean tools to improve

.NET Web Developer (1541-LI) LOCATION Ann Arbor, MI COMPENSATION 70-95K (depending on overall skills and experience) REQUIRED Extensive experience developing web applications using ASP.NET PREFERRED

SQL/MySQL & JavaScript Programmer (ContractToHire) (1547-LI) LOCATION Farmington Hills, MI COMPENSATION Up to 30/hr (depending on skills and experience) for contract portion of assignment Up to 60K upon conversion

…and that’s just some of what’s out there.  So get on over to and check them out if you’re interested.

Let’s see…checklist.

I covered our next casual networking event, Wordcamp 2012, the Halloween Pub Crawl and Party Bus, blog entries, discussions in the LinkedIn group, jobs in the LinkedIn group…

One last thing.  I don’t care what your political affiliation is.  I don’t care if you swing to the left or right.  I don’t care who you have stickers for on your car.

Watch the debates.  Be informed.  Keep your eyes and ears open, and your mouth shut for the duration.  Absorb information…and be informed.  More people vote during American Idol than during our Presidential elections, and that’s a sickening statistic.

Be informed.  And then vote.

I think we’re done here.


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