Professor Hinkle Has Nothing On Us: Updates for 12/5/2012

An old school pop culture reference…and one that’s even appropriate for this time of year.

And it’s true.

Because we’re going to be busy…Busy…BUSY

We’ve got a lot going on in the coming weeks (and months), but we want to make sure we hammer home a few key points.

If you want to come meet us for a quick drink on Thursday, then you absolutely should.  The three of us decided it would be a good idea to chill and have a beer or two to commemorate the 5 year anniversary of getting slightly more serious.  If you’re free and want to pop in, totally cool.  If you’re not or can’t or don’t want to…also totally cool.  Details here:

A nice write up for next week’s event is live on CBS Detroit.  You can read that over here:, and then catch up on the details for next Thursday here:

Those are the two biggies, and next week’s event is where I’m hoping everyone’s focus is at.  We’re really looking forward to it, particularly since some of the folks that our donations made their way to are going to be showing up that night.

We would be honored…if you would join us.

We also just announced that we’re taking over the new Club 300 Party Suite at the Palace of Auburn Hills for Star Wars Night.  Yes, Star Wars Night.  Yes, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.  Yes, that means that there’s a basketball game going on.  No, that doesn’t mean you have to pay attention to it.  It’s STAR WARS NIGHT for crying out loud.  Read up on that here:

So get out there and get those tickets, peeps.  We’re only “taking it over” if enough people buy tickets to lock it down for our exclusive use…otherwise we have to share.  And who wants that?!

But, most importantly…we have Thursday night and next Thursday night to worry about in the immediate future.

Hope to see you at those two events, and remember – read those Frequently Asked Questions for next Thursday night:

Yes, there’s plenty of IT in the D stuff going on. The contest to help us lose the egg is live: The Justice League Discount Double Check is still in effect: if you want to take $20 off the cost of picking up tickets.

And I wish we could be completely “open book” about everything we have going on right now, but there’s some really cool stuff that’s going to drop in the not-too-distant future that…between you, me, and the internet…it would probably be a good idea for you to stop pondering sponsoring IT in the D and getting on board, already.

Every now and then, you just have to trust us.

Speaking of trust, you should probably trust the advice in The Recruiter Strikes Back 3: The Hits Just Keep On Coming over at because that’s advice coming straight from someone who you may well encounter during your job search – a recruiter who helps people find jobs.

Another oldie but goodie popped up, and that’s our International Prune Your Network Day out at  Because your network really is like a plant, shrub or tree in your front yard…sometimes you have to chop off the dead or diseased branches in order to make sure it survives as a whole.

“Chopping things off” segues nicely into why LinkedIn sucks.  Well, why LinkedIn sucks more than usual, I suppose.  Events are gone, and we’re none too thrilled about it:

That doesn’t mean our LinkedIn group has gone away or anything though, and so you might want to check out some of these conversations taking place:

– 5 embarrassing “first world career problems”:

– Is college really worth it?

– Can you take a 2nd run at a company that turned you down before?

– Reverse writing your resume:

– Are the holidays, in fact, a great time to find a job?

– 5 ways for introverts to build personal brands:

…and there’s more.  With more than 3800 members…all in/around the information technology industry, all in/around metro Detroit…you can’t beat this group for a targeted demographic.  Check it out at

Now, there are also always jobs popped out there at as well.

On a personal front, I happen to know recruiters who are looking extremely hard and heavy for both experienced front end designers with some HTML5 / heavy javascript library experience and network engineers.  If you’re looking, drop me a note and I’ll make some introductions.

We also made contact with a really cool trio of ladies involved with Girl Develop It – Detroit.  We all know (or should) how much of a pain in the ass it can be for women to get or be in the technology industry.  From the early years of being told that it’s “not for girls” to dealing with jackholes like “Creepy Guy” to just not even being factored into the equation when it comes to workshops and conferences…it’s not the easiest path to follow.  Well, these three ladies are looking to change that, or at least make a difference and help, and we’re looking to help them.

So here’s what I want you to do:

– Know someone who would be interested in taking one of the classes they provide?  Help make it happen.  Put them in touch with Michelle, Erika or Cara Jo, and get things rolling.

– Got a subject you can teach?  Drop them a note and let them know what you’ve got to offer.

– If you’re a recruiter that deals with places who hire or bring in entry-level web designers with enough knowledge to be dangerous and a little experience under their belt with a huge hunger to learn more…then consider them a goldmine and your new best friends.  You’re welcome.

They’re located at

Now, as far as jobs in the group go, here’s some of what’s out there right now:

Matt Glynn

Multiple Identity and Access Management Openings in Detroit, MI (must be local. Long-term, growing team, well paying – please reach out… Now Hiring: Identity & Access Management Engineer in Detroit, MI Title: Security Engineer – Identity and Access Management Location: Detroit, MI Term: Full-Time / Contract-to-Hire…

Looking for a few Technical Analysts for a full-time role in Auburn Hills, MI (local only). Must have strong Excel, SQL, and… Now Hiring: Technical Analyst in Auburn Hills, MI Title: Technical Analyst Location: Auburn Hills, MI Term: Long-Term / Salaried (Benefits and PTO Included) Start Date: ASAP…

Davina Beh

hot jobs in the Metro Detroit area we are looking for .net developer for a contract in Troy IOS and Android developers – Perm and 2 network/System engineers – Perm Please email me @

David Giard

Sogeti hiring .NET developers Sogeti is hiring lots of .NET developers in southeast Michigan. All experience levels are needed. E-mail your resume to if interested.

Derek Anderson

OpTech is hiring: .Net Developer

Katie Newton

WEB FORMS DEVELOPER Responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining advanced eForms using XML and JavaScript. POSITION FUNCTIONS: 1 Review customer-provided PDF forms and data-mapping templates for adherence to…

Wendy Golla

Instructional Designer Needed for a Perm position in Troy, MI Looking for someone with at least 3 years of experience in Training development, Instructional design, technical writing and e-learning content creation. It is a perm position in Troy, MI. Salary up to 75K a year. Please…

Jeff Schuster

Tired of contracting? Perficient is looking for a Business Analyst with requirements visualization software expertise on a full-time,… Hiring a Business Analyst in Livonia, MI Perficient is always looking for the best and brightest technology talent to support our growing partner and client portfolio. We have scaled from a start-up organization to an…

Looking for a new job? We’re hiring a Websphere Message Broker Developer or Architect for our Detroit business unit. Full-time, direct Job: Websphere Message Broker Developer or Architect in Livonia, MI Perficient is looking to hire a Lead to Senior level Websphere Message Broker Developer or Architect for our Detroit, MI, business unit. Deep…

Carolynn Pakulak

Lead Engineer Needed 2A Job: Lead Enginner in Michigan Job Description: Lead Engineer 2A Needed – Indefinite Contract Warren, MI GREEN CARD OR US CITIZENSHIP NEEDED! Develop written test procedures from software requirements documents …

Application Developer Needed! Minimum 5 years experience with Oracle development tools (specifically: SQL, PL/SQL, PSP, PL/SQL Web Toolkit) Minimum 5 years experience with development, support and enhancements in an Oracle production environment… Application Developer job – Southfield, MI

Admin/Analyst/Exec Needed Direct Hire – Detroit, Michigan Administrative / Analyst / Executive Assistant job – Detroit, MI

George Pappadakis

Looking for three (3) SAP / ABAP Programmer Analysts for direct / permanent hire into a Foodservice Packaging company in the greater Lansing, MI area! Target salary range (including a comprehensive benefit package) is about…

Bob Doroshewitz

Direct level position, highly compensated – anywhere in the US from Midwest to West as a Practice Leader in mobile communications -…

Melissa Lecznar PHR

Desktop and LAN support position available Apply on our website:

Sarah Sheffer

Software Engineers – Seeking All Levels of Experience in Pleasant Ridge, MI Description and Responsibilities: Software Engineers design, code, test, document, and support the ePrize technologies that drive our business….

Know anyone for this job? Producer (Digital Project Manager) in Pleasant Ridge, MI Description and Responsibilities: ePrize Producers serves as a brand expert for specific clients. Producers act as day-to-day client…

Karen Lopez

Java Developer, Contract to Direct I’m hiring!!! Seeking a Java Developer, Ann Arbor MI Contract to Direct Hire!! Position Type: Contract to Hire Position Title: J2EE Developer Required 1. Minimum of 5 years strong Java J2EE Web Development experience…

Developer/ Business Analyst for a contract to direct opportunity. In Ann Arbor MI. Web Applications and Java or Oracle OR any web/databases) This company has a significant focus on developing staff through training and…

Javascript/ Web Forms Developer Needed Seekng a Web Forms Developer in Farmington Hills, MI. Opportunity for growth experiences and advancement. Clearly defined expectations and goals. Strong accessibility to executive leadership. We would to make you…

Matthew Turner

We are seeking a Jr. Administrator to help support our instance at world HQ. Please message me for details.

Natalie Staroba

We are searching for a senior-level Business Analyst for a 6-month telecommute project with occasional travel to Chicago. Business Analyst – contract (1564-LI) LOCATION Much of the work can be done on a telecommute basis – however, you can expect that approximately 10% on-site presence in Chicago will be required. COMPENSATION 42-55/hr …

We are looking for people to add to our client’s development team in Troy. C# .NET Developer (1574-LI) Theirs is a C# / .NET Web development environment, so your background with Web development in a Microsoft environment is essential. Specific tools are not necessarily essential, but an ability…

We are searching for a knowledgeable designer/usability engineer, preferably experienced with Microsoft Expression Blend, to join our… 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…

We are searching for a talented Senior .NET Software Engineer to join our client’s team. Senior .NET Software Engineer (1523-LI) LOCATION Ann Arbor, MI. COMPENSATION Up to 115K plus 10% bonus potential REQUIRED Strong .NET experience Strong server-side development experience with either…

Are you an experienced C# / ASP.NET Web developer with excellent JavaScript and HTML5 skills? C# / ASP.NET Web App Developer (1571-LI) This is a high-profile project and will require up to 20% onsite presence in Atlanta (remainder of work can be done from your home office). LOCATION Telecommute with up to 20%…

Diane Mabry

SAN Lead – contract – Dearborn MI The duties of the project are listed below: Be the primary point of contact on Ford storage team for all EMC related issues Monitor and follow up on all EMC SR’s that get opened for CLARiiON’s, VTL’s,…

SCM SPP Sustain Analyst Senior Level – contract – Detroit MI The SCM SPP Sustain Analyst is responsible for the successful delivery and operation of the technology/process and deliverables related to the implementation and sustainment of SAP SCM SPP. This role assists in the fit…

Weblogic Server Administrator – contract – Detroit MI The WebLogic Administrator works as a member of a team responsible for the design and implementation, configuration and administration of Oracle WebLogic servers implemented on our Standard platforms (Windows, Suse Linux and…

CRM Sustain Analyst – Detroit MI – contract The CRM Sustain Analyst is responsible for the successful delivery and operation of the technology/process and deliverables related to the implementation and sustainment of SAP CRM. This role assists in the fit analysis,…

Network Security Engineer – Ann Arbor MI – direct hire Security Engineer provides technical assistance with the design, installation, operation, service and maintenance of a variety of multi-user information security systems. This role will also be responsible for initiating…

QA Performance Architect – Detroit MI – contract to hire We are looking to hire a Testing Architect with a Performance Testing background. The right candidate will be a hands-on technical leader and mentor with specific product know how. They must be able to provide, direct and…

QA Lead Engineer – Detroit MI – contract to hire We are looking to hire an experienced QA Lead Engineer with manual testing experience. This individual will create system test plans and test cases with the test team and manage test execution. Responsibilities include:…

QA Automation Architect – Detroit MI – contract to hire We are looking to hire a Testing Architect with an Automation Testing background. The right candidate will be a hands-on technical leader and mentor with specific product know how. They must be able to provide, direct and…

Systems Engineer – Farmington HIlls MI – Direct Hire JOB SUMMARY: This role will be responsible for the enterprise VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft server architecture. We are looking for a well-rounded individual who has a breadth of knowledge and experience with designing and…

MES Software Engineer – Detroit MI – contract The Senior Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Software Developer is responsible for developing software applications using industry best practices. The Senior MES Software developer will write code, mentor development…

QA Engineer – Detroit MI – contract to hire We are looking to hire an experienced QA professional with manual testing experience. This individual will be responsible for creating, implementing and maintaining test documents. The right candidate will enjoy an…

QA Test Lead – contract – Dearborn MI – Work directly with application developers and project managers to develop, maintain, and execute functional and load test scripts for critical applications used by Ford Credit. – Develop and execute functional test scripts…

QA Test Practitioner – Dearborn MI – Contract Position Description: Quality Test Specialist – Must have at least 3+ years testing experience. Key responsibilities are: – Research project documentation then enter testable requirements into TestDirector. – Work directly…

QA Automation Engineer – Detroit MI – contract to hire We are looking to hire a Testing Engineer to support an automated test framework. A background in Test Automation is strongly preferred. The QA Automation Engineer will be responsible for developing test automation for daily…

…and that’s a good look at what’s going on currently.  There were more being added as I wrote this…but you’re all grown ups…you know to go look in at if you’re interested.  Most, if not all, of these recruiters will be at our event next Thursday night, and so that’s a good time to have a chance to chat in person with them about what they’ve got going on and what they’re looking for.

Checklist time.

Drinks on Thursday the 6th? Check:

December 13th Support The Troops event?  Check:

FAQs for the 13th?  Check:

Star Wars Night at The Palace in January?  Check:

IT in the D updates?  Check:

Blog entry mentions?  Check:

Shout out for Girl Develop It?  Check:

LinkedIn group discussions?  Check:

LinkedIn group jobs?  Check:

Phew.  That’s all for now.

Chewie, get us out outta here!


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