DETROIT — Don’t call it a job fair.

With more than 350 successful hires from its events now in the books, the IT networking organization is presenting its next Pink Slip Party Thursday, June 21 on the second floor of Woody’s in royal Oak, starting at 5 p.m.

Even though hundreds of jobs have been found via previous events, the group’s organizers stress that their events are not job fairs, but rather networking events dedicated to improving and enhancing connections throughout the ITnew jobs and those looking to hire them.

Job seekers will have the ability to network with dozens of the top IT recruiters and headhunters in the Metro Detroit area, who will be wearing badges and easily identifiable. Recruiters and Hiring Managers will have the ability to talk with candidates running the gamut of the IT field — developers, architects, project and program managers, analysts, help desk personnel and more. As with all events, this Pink Slip Party is completely free to attend for job seekers, recruiters, and anyone else in and around the Information Technology industry that wants to participate.

“This isn’t a revenue stream for us – we’ve grown to nearly 3,500 members in our LinkedIn group and had hundreds of people at prior events because we’re doing this for the right reasons, and not because we’re trying to make a buck off of people,” said’s Dave Phillips. “What started as a group that just wanted to avoid ‘That Guy’ at other events has truly evolved into a force that helps people, and we couldn’t be happier.”

Added co-founder Bob Waltenspiel: “This is rapidly shaping up to be our best event ever from a job seeker’s point of view. We’ve had more ‘name’ companies in the area tell us that they’re coming with direct-hire positions to be filled than ever before.”

Jeff Mackey, who has a wonderful title at — “Resident Voice of Reason” — added, “Whether you’re a recruiter or a job seeker, what you’re looking for is wearing a nametag at one of our events.”

Details and directions for the event are available at Job seekers can send an email to with their resume as an attachment to get it in the hands of recruiters who are coming before the event takes place. Recruiters and hiring managers are asked to contact the group also at in advance of the event so that badges can be ready and waiting when they arrive. Again, there are no charges, no costs, no fees – just an email and the organizers will guide you from there.

Founded in 2001,’s mission has been to create a venue for it professionals in Metro Detroit to offer a safe and agenda-free networking venue without the pressures of sponsorships, name selling, or pushy salespeople. The group re-branded in 2008 to offer an online forum to network as well as our monthly meetings at variousbars in the Metro Detroit area. For more information, visit, the

LinkedIn group, or on Twitter at More information can be found online at


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