Free Training, News, Jobs and Updates for 3/27/2013

Whoa…it’s already almost April?

How the hell did that happen?

Well, let’s not dwell on that.  We’ve got free training that you need to know about, a couple blog entries you should read, our next casual networking social for professionals in and around the information technology industry is just a few weeks away, discussions and jobs from our LinkedIn group

…oh, and got word yesterday of the first hire taking place directly as a result of our Pink Slip Party back on 3/13/13.  Hashtag that, suckers…

Dsc03870Thursday, April 18th.

5:01 pm.

Royal Oak.


Back room.

Casual networking social event for professionals in and around the information technology industry in the metro Detroit area.

Details can be found here on our site at, on our Facebook page at, or in our Meetup group at Details on all of our upcoming events will always hit our site first, so you’ll want to pay attention to our events page at Anything late-breaking or last-minute will tend to be posted on our Facebook page (again – and on our twitter feed at, so you might want to “like” and “follow” us on those platforms, respectively.

In last week’s update, I did a bit of a deep-dive to answer the “what’s the difference between a ‘casual networking event’ and a ‘Pink Slip Party’ question that was coming in.  I’m not going to rehash that all here – you’re grown ups.  You can click here if you’re wondering.

There_Was_A_FlyDon’t Be That Guy: The Fly is out at, and it has two good rules of thumb to keep in mind while you’re attending networking events or just in general, so give it a read.

Sometimes the Cure is Worse than the Disease is over at, and yep, it’s actually a Don’t Be That Guy aimed at LinkedIn.  They keep making the whole “jobs” thing harder to get to and more confusing, so it was time to call attention to it.

Okay, okay…I know, I know…you’re here because you read “free training” and want to know more.  So let’s get to that.

The full details are sitting over at, and it’s something that we really had a blast with back in 2009 – in case you missed the memo, we kind of like driving people nuts from time to time, and well, if we can manage to help people along the way…so much the better.  So give it a read, and see if you can manage to get yourself some free training!

So about our LinkedIn group.

As of this morning, we’re at 4,114 members.  All involved in some way, shape or form with the metro Detroit information technology industry.  For a niche (IT) within a niche (metro Detroit) that keeps kicking people out who suck, we think we’re doing pretty well.

The group lives at, and you can find some discussions like the following going on right now:

– The State of Michigan is doing a virtual jobs fair today:

– Basic grammar and writing skills matter, people:

– CVS, insurance, and health mandates by employers:

– Moving legacy apps to the cloud:

…and there’s more, but that’s a good enough starting point.

And jobs?  Yep, jobs.  You go into our LinkedIn group, you hit the “jobs” tab in our group (not in the top nav, in the group nav) and then you click “career discussions” in the left nav that loads.

See what I mean about them making it more confusing?


You can also just click here:

Anyway, here’s a bit of what’s out there currently:

Davina Beh

Engineer please contact me at
MS office (outlook, excel, powerpoint), NX CAD experience is preferred but not mandatory. Support engineering packaging work includes cabin layout and mass planning. May need to conduct engineering meetings after 6 months…

Skidmore Studios

Interactive designer needed at Skidmore  Skidmore Studio (@skidmorestudio) is looking for an interactive designer. Candidate needs to understand designing for the web. Coding ability a plus but not a must. Send portfolio/resume to

Natalie Staroba

We are hiring: C# Developer for Data Visualization – Mid Level in Lansing, MI area

We are hiring: JavaScript Developers in Farmington Hills, MI

We are hiring: Senior .NET Web Developer in Lansing, MI

Kyle Morski

Now Hiring: Customer Relations Advocate in Auburn Hills, MI Description The Customer Relations Advocate will be representing the company’s Brand by answering telephone calls from existing and prospect customers. In…


We are seeking a Front End/Back End Developer in Farmington Hills, MI. Rate OPEN! Apply: Looking for a software developer with a passion for creating and maintaining elegant solutions….

Excel VBA & XML Programmer, Ann Arbor MI  Apply: Exceptional Microsoft Excel skills at the power user level to perform complex macros, V lookups, pivot tables, mathematical formulas and…

Ashley Venneste

In search of a Graphic Designer @ Yottabyte in Bloomfield Twp, MI Yottabyte, LLC ( is looking for a qualified and detailed Graphic Designer. 1 – 3 years experience. Please forward resumes and virtual portfolio pieces to Ashley Venneste, HR Director @…

Matthew Turner

Many Permanent openings here at Compuware in Detroit I am looking to fill a lot of great roles here currently. Here is a partial list: SQA Director, Product Marketing Analyst, Business Analyst, Requirements Manager, Healthcare Project Managers and Java Developers. Please…

Jeff Schuster

Hiring a QA/Software Testing Lead for our Livonia, MI, test center. Full-time, direct hire opportunity. Job: QA/Software Testing Lead in Livonia, MI Perficient currently has a career opportunity for a QA Lead for our Detroit, MI, business unit.   Requirements Key responsibilities include: Leading a team of 4-7 QA testers for…

Sandra Bertoldi

Hiring an IT Asset Management Practice Lead in Southfield, MI Stefanini is a global company with end to end technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 17,000 people serving clients in more than 38…

Monica Little

Quicken Loans wants you: Are you a Mobile App Developer

Vijaya Saradhi

Java J2ee Developer for a long term contract with a financial Client in Detroit MI.  8 – 10 years of Strong experience in J2ee, Unix Shell Scripting, Tomcat and SQL Server. Experience in BIRT (reporting tool) is a plus or any other reporting tools. Send resume to

Diane Mabry

Security and Control Active Directory Expert – Dearborn MI – 48 months  RRS/ITI–.Provide day-to-day operational support for Active Directory (AD) for Internal and External approximately 300 Windows servers, 250,000 users objects, and 350,000 computer objects. Provide 7×24, day to day operations…

Quality Test Specialist – Dearborn MI – 9 month contract 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 with application…

Exchange Engineering Specialist: – contract 58 months – dearborn MI RRS/ITI–Exchange Engineering Specialist: – Engineer, test, and integrate High Availability Exchange Enterprise solution – Test and Document service pack and code updates to Exchange – Participate in architecting new…

…and, like conversations, that’s just a sampling.

Of course, further details on all of those positions and more can be found at

I think that’s all for this time.

Catch you next month at our event!


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