We’re Proud To Report That Our Coffee Has Gone To The Dogs

S3 partnerships with Grounds And Hounds

If you’ve ever spent a day at Strategic Staffing Solutions, you know we love our coffee … and if you look on the desks of our team members or at our well-loved pet planner, you know we love animals.

With that in mind, we will increase our ongoing support for the Michigan Humane Society through a new partnership with Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. (G&H). Recently chosen as the exclusive coffee supplier to S3’s Corporate and Detroit offices, G&H will direct 20 percent of S3’s monthly fees to the Michigan Humane Society, the animal welfare organization selected by S3 to be the beneficiary of all donated funds.

“One of the core pillars of S3’s community engagement is supporting animal welfare, and, with our Detroit office consuming over 45 pounds of coffee every month, our partnership with Ground & Hounds will certainly benefit the animals served by MHS. Partnering with Grounds & Hounds is one more example of how corporations can leverage their day to day investments to benefit the communities in which they operate,” said Cindy Pasky, our CEO.

Here’s a little background. Grounds & Hounds was founded in 2014 by Jordan Karcher, who built his company on his love for premium coffee and his compassion for abandoned animals in need of loving homes. One-fifth of all sales from G&H coffee are donated to selected animal rescue partners across the country, and thanks to their partnership with S3, the Michigan Humane Society will become the first organization in Michigan to benefit from G&H’s sponsorship program.

“S3 is our first large corporate client in Michigan, and the Michigan Humane Society will also be our first donation recipient in the state,” said Karcher, founder and CEO of Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. “We are thrilled to establish a stronger presence in Michigan by working with a company that has been striving to make a positive impact in the Detroit animal rescue community for so many years.”

We have been a community partner and major sponsor of the Michigan Humane Society for over a decade, also donating thousands of service hours annually and maintaining an active presence on the MHS Board of Directors. Currently, S3 Chairman Paul Huxley serves as vice chair of the MHS board and chair of its Hope is Building committee, supporting fundraising efforts for the organization’s new Detroit facility.

“Strategic Staffing Solutions continues to be amazing partners and supporters of the Michigan Humane Society and a true voice for the animals of Southeast Michigan,” said Matthew Pepper, president and CEO of the Michigan Humane Society.

S3 always makes an intentional effort to connect with partners whose priorities align with our efforts to cultivate and demonstrate good corporate citizenship. Entrepreneurship that combines animal welfare with a high-quality and socially responsible product is a model that we’re very familiar with, and we’re proud to support that in any way we can.

GET THE JOB: Senior Oracle Technical Developer (Oracle Forms Preferred)

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Are you or someone you know an Oracle Developer? Well, we have 18 excellent job opportunities in Detroit, Michigan. Our client is seeking 18 Oracle Developers for a long term project. The details are below. If you or someone you know is interested, please send an updated resume with your pay rate requirements to Matt Kosch at mkosch@strategicstaff.com. Thanks!

Here are the details…

You’ll be located inDetroit, Michigan and this will be a long term contract (10 months), and we’re looking to make this happen this month. The majority of the people will need to have Oracle Forms experience. There will be a few Oracle 11g Resources without Oracle Forms, but to be clear, Oracle Forms experience is strongly preferred.

You’d be filling a job that is a Senior Oracle Technical Developer position to maintain and enhance Oracle Forms Applications. We’re looking for a minimum of 5 years in PL/SQL and 5 years in Oracle Forms. You must have worked on a project where you have maintained the application(s) in Oracle 10g and Forms. You should have a strong Oracle 10 background.

Work product matters, so please make sure you resume shows where you have had Forms experience and how you developed them.

So to recap… we’re looking for those who have a strong background in the following:

Oracle 10g and above with a minimum 5 years’ experience – Advance level needed

Oracle Forms 6i with a minimum 5 years’ experience – Mid-level OK here

If you’re not available or interested, but know someone who might be, please provide them a copy of this job post! To apply or learn more about this opportunity, please contact Matt Kosch – mkosch@strategicstaff.com today!

GET THE JOB: Senior Systems Analyst in Hartford, CT

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We have a great opportunity for a Senior Systems Analyst with a client in the Hartford, Connecticut metro area. They are looking to fill this position as soon as possible… so if this sound like something you or a friend might be interested in, it’s important to move on this one. It truly is a hot job!

Here’s what you’ll be doing…

  • Provide comprehensive consultation to business unit and IT management and staff at the highest technical level through all phases of application programming and processes.
  • Work closely with client and IT management and staff to identify: application development solutions, new applications or modifications to existing programs, capability to reuse existing code, integration of purchased solutions or a combination there of and the appropriate software development methodology alternative.
  • You may be asked to document, test, implement and provide on-going support for the applications.
  • Responsible for facilitating business requirements gathering and translating into system requirements.
  • Review business requirements and work with and guide business partners to complete business requirement documentation.
  • Clearly define systems work scope and objectives based on Business Requirements.
  • Researches and evaluates alternative solutions and recommends the most efficient and cost effective application programming solution.
  • Translate business requirements into systems functional specifications and system design specifications.
  • Provide systems expertise to system users, business partners, and other internal/external customers including trouble shooting issues, as well as, identifying and correcting inefficiencies.
  • Develop test strategies and plans to the satisfaction of QA. Perform functional system and data testing of enhancements including regression testing.
  • Construct input files to support functional testing.
  • Ensure test scripts are documented, reported and tracked in the appropriate tools (Test Director).

Here are the skills we’re looking for…

  • Experience with reviewing business requirements, system functional requirements, and developing systems specifications.
  • Working knowledge of all phases of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDSL).
  • Strong knowledge of Systems Analyst responsibilities and processes.
  • Knowledge of / experience with QA processes and testing requirements.
  • Some knowledge of midrange and mainframe systems, relational database concepts and functionality.
  • Prior experience with claim systems is preferred.

Working with Strategic Staffing Solutions, you are eligible for a full benefits package that may include Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, 401(k) Plan, Vacation Package, Technical Training, Visa Sponsoring / Transfer, and/or a Retention Bonus.

To apply for this Senior Systems Analyst position, send your resume to Marvin Daugherty at mdaugherty@strategicstaff.com, or call (210) 278-3787 for more details.

GET THE JOB: Creative Web Specialist In Charlotte, NC

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We have a great opportunity in Charlotte, North Carolina. If you’re a graphic and multimedia designer who ahs the ability to see the big picture, this is a lucrative opportunity for you!

Here’s the details:

It’s 75% Graphic and Multimedia Design and Production. What does that mean?

  • With minimal direction, develops innovative design solutions that meet agreed upon marketing and/or business objectives
  • Conducts research to stay abreast of current design and functionality trends, incorporating them into work
  • Develops concepts based on requirements from communication plans, creative brief or in consultation with client and/or account manager
  • Presents design solutions as needed to obtain approval from client(s)
  • Executes approved designs working with user-experience and web teams, print support and outside resources as required by the complexity, nature and schedule of the project
  • Ensures accuracy, functionality and overall quality on deliverables across all media

15% of the job are those necessary Administrative and Technical Tasks…

  • Uses Workamajig project management system to receive and update status of projects, as well as record daily time
  • Maintains files in SharePoint and on departmental servers to team standards
  • Understands and stays abreast of updates for both Mac and Windows systems
  • Maintains and improves skill level in Adobe Creative Suite design software, design techniques and methods
  • Adheres to and assists with maintenance of the Duke Energy corporate identity/brand standards
  • Populates marketing asset management system with new content (images, design templates, etc.) on a continual basis

5% is staying informed of client and energy industry issues…

  • Learns and understands the different client customer segments – residential, small business, commercial/industrial
  • Understands client’s regulated and non-regulated businesses and departments, along with their respective operations
  • Knows how to navigate the organization to find answers and resolve issues
  • Reviews information on the employee Portal about company initiatives, developments and issues affecting the company and industry
  • Participates in required company training, business seminars and other design- and marketing-related educational opportunities

And 5% performs other duties as assigned.

What are we looking for?

  • A 4-year degree in design field or equivalent work experience with a concentration in graphic, web, mobile, video and motion design
  • Strong multimedia design portfolio with 3-5 years design/work experience
  • Knowledge of current production methods for web, online, email, motion graphics, video, audio and print
  • Demonstrated, expert skills: · Adobe Photoshop – retouching, color correction, applications of effects, Web page layout/user interface design, slicing and production of finished, optimized graphics
  • Adobe InDesign – complex document layout, preparation of files for commercial printing · Adobe Illustrator – logo and icon creation, basic illustration, path operations
  • Adobe Acrobat – creation of interactive pdf files and fillable forms
  • Adobe Dreamweaver – creating, updating and publishing Web pages and html-formatted email
  • Creative concepting – generation of ideas to solve specific marketing- and design-related issues and the ability to sell these ideas to co-workers and clients
  • Project management – ability to handle multiple assignments, across various media concurrently · Customer service – sensitive to customer needs, input and feedback
  • Excellent organizational skills – project details, schedules, physical and electronic files · Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated, intermediate skills: · Storyboarding – development of storyboards for videos (no hand illustration required)
  • Photo/video direction – working with photographers and videographers to capture appropriate imagery
  • Print process experience – understanding of Pantone and 4/color process color printing, requirements and limitations
  • Wire framing – creation of wireframe/architecture for Web sites
  • Adobe Premiere and After Effects – basic video editing, transitions, text, graphics, special effects and audio to create final Web and broadcast-quality videos
  • Adobe Edge Animate – interactive animation for the Web and mobile presentations, tools and other content
  • HTML5 Authoring – writing of code for the Web and html-formatted e-mail
  • CSS – creation of Web pages using cascading style sheets
  • Microsoft PowerPoint – design/creation of master pages for presentations
  • Microsoft Word – graphic page layout, mail merge and form creation
  • Microsoft Excel – organization of budgetary and other data
  • WordPress – blog and site creation and maintenance
  • Microsoft SharePoint – document storage and management
  • Workamajig – project management and time tracking tool
  • Ad Agency or Design Studio experience
  • Online, mobile and e-mail marketing experience
  • Design knowledge for various social media channels – Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.

What’s the rate? $72/hr W2 hourly and you’d be working in awesome Uptown Charlotte, NC. The duration on this is 12 months+

Do you want to get the job? Simple. Get in touch with Paul Larson. He’s your guy. Office: (704) 332-6655 or email plarson@strategicstaff.com.

HOT JOB: Infrastructure Project Manager in Hartford, CT

random-infrastructure-backgroundWe have an opportunity for an Infrastructure Project Manager with one of our clients in Bloomfield, CT. They are looking to fill this position as soon as possible so we are accepting resumes now.

Specific Areas of Responsibility:

  • Manages multiple complex projects simultaneously; some are enterprise project management (EPM) assignments where the PM will be responsible for all project delivery teams across IT, and some are ISG-only projects partnering with application project teams.
  • Ensures all projects, directly assigned to PM and oversight of team members’ projects, are delivered on time and within budget, adhere to high quality standards, and meet customer expectations
  • Leads diverse teams and navigates a variety of reporting relationships and matrix resources across ISG and IT
  • Ensures projects are delivered on time and within budget, adhere to high quality standards, and meet stakeholder expectations
  • May manage and direct one or more project teams, establishes role expectations for all ISG project team members, and provides performance feedback to resource managers of all project resources
  • Creates and manages ongoing project plans, schedules and budgets, and oversees project team members’ artifacts to ensure consistency and quality
  • Understands project objectives, business and customer impacts, and provides context to ISG project team members to ensure alignment of priority and critical decisions throughout the project lifecycle
  • Responsible for the quality and timely delivery of all project artifacts within the collection of projects assigned to the team

Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of IT work experience, including 4 or more years managing projects in a management, supervisory or team lead capacity
  • Demonstrated experience delivering complex projects on time and at or under budget
  • Exemplary Project Management skills including scope management, capacity planning, project scheduling and tracking documents
  • Extensive knowledge and expertise in the use of Project Management methodologies and tools such as MS Project, with a focus on infrastructure project delivery in support of infrastructure roadmaps
  • Demonstrated experience with infrastructure project management including consolidation, migration and refresh projects
  • Strong financial acumen, proven ability to connect the linkages of the project results to the financial and business benefits
  • Demonstrated ability in change management techniques

Working with us you are eligible for a full benefits package that may include:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Vacation Package
  • Technical Training
  • Visa Sponsoring / Transfer
  • Retention Bonus

To apply, send resume to Marvin Daugherty, Sourcing Specialist, at mdaugherty@strategicstaff.com, or @ (210) 278-3787 for more details.  Get the job!

We Urge The Full Michigan House To Hold Vote On Elliott-Larsen Update

With seven days or less remaining in the 2014 lame-duck session, members of the Freedom Michigan coalition (including Strategic Staffing Solutions) are calling on House Speaker Jase Bolger to advance legislation updating the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to protect gay and transgender Michiganders to a full vote on the House floor without delay.

Speaker-Bolger-SliderThe call for action comes on the heels of today’s historic hearing in the House Commerce Committee, the first-ever in state history. The hearing showcased widespread support among leaders in the business, faith and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities for this important legislation.

While the committee failed to vote on this measure today, Speaker Bolger has the power to allow this matter to come to a vote of the full House. Allan Gilmour, former vice chairman of Ford Motor Company, was among the prominent Michigan business leaders who testified today, underscoring the urgent need for lawmakers to pass the legislation before lawmakers end the 2013-14 legislative session later this month.

“While the climate for diversity and inclusion in business has steadily improved, the climate in the state has not kept up,” Gilmour testified. “It is necessary for our elected officials to exercise leadership and transmit the message that discrimination will not be tolerated. It is my hope to see the law amended this lame-duck session.”

Also testifying in favor of the inclusive legislation was Jeff Padnos, president of a scrap processing and recycling company based in Holland that bears his name.

“The breadth of business support was impressive and should help bring together those who might otherwise disagree,” Padnos said after the hearing. “I was encouraged by the legislators’ testimony and would be disappointed if a bill doesn’t pass. I’m hoping the governor and speaker provide the leadership to get it done.”

Other key business leaders who provided statements of support included Whirlpool Company spokesman Jeff Noel, Herman Miller CEO Brian Walker, Strategic Staffing Solutions CEO Cynthia Pasky and The Dow Chemical Company’s Global Regulatory Leader, Dr. Gary Rudgers.

All four companies are among founding members of the Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition, through which more than 80 leading businesses and non-profit groups are working to win legislative approval of the inclusion of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

The coalition expanded its efforts last month by launching Freedom Michigan, a bipartisan campaign that has already mobilized tens of thousands of Michiganders to contact their lawmakers in support of inclusive non-discrimination protections. The campaign has deployed organizers and recruited hundreds of volunteers to amplify existing support in key legislative districts across the state for updating the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to protect gay and transgender people from discrimination.

“Whirlpool Corporation supports a fully inclusive amendment to Elliott-Larsen that includes the transgender community,” said Noel, vice president of communications & public affairs. “Supporting diversity with inclusion is good for business, it’s good for Michigan, and it’s quite simply the right thing to do.”

ACLU executive director Kary Moss made similar points during her testimony before the committee.

“Every day without these protections is another day that gay and transgender Michiganders live in fear of discrimination,” said Moss, who’s also a co-chair of the Michigan Competitive Workforce.

“If the full House were to vote today, we’re confident an inclusive bill would pass,” Moss said after the hearing. “While the House committee could return to this legislation before adjourning this year, time is running out. We know Speaker Bolger believes discrimination is wrong and we respectfully request he use his power to allow all members of the House to vote their conscience on this critical bill.”

Polls show the vast majority of state residents believe discrimination is wrong and agree no one should be fired, kicked out of their housing or denied healthcare services just because they are gay or transgender.

7 Tips for the Veteran Job Seeker

Transitioning from military to civilian life can have its challenges, but you’re not alone. Many veterans are coming back home and they need employment (or, they’re looking for a second civilian career), and we hope these tips are useful. Whether it’s your strong work ethic, commitment to excellence, ability to mediate or attention to detail, your commitment to service is an asset. Now, it’s just about making sure employers understand that you’re the right person for them. Without further fuss, here are seven tips for the veteran who’s looking to get a civilian job.

american-flagexpBe specific – Do not assume who you are talking to will know what you did or how many troops you led just on sharing your rank and title. Relate them to the business world, which includes talking in numbers, percentages, and dollar amounts.

Avoid jargon – Tell a story to illustrate your experiences and accomplishments to someone who is not familiar with the military. Be sure to include how you handled and overcame challenges, as well as how you are a problem-solver. A good tip is to ask a trusted non-military friend who will give you honest feedback if they understand what’s in your resume.

Tell people – Don’t just look for “a job,” look for the job you want. Do some research, and then be focused on your task. That way people know how to help you. Networking is important in the business world and building that network will be invaluable to your civilian career.

Don’t ignore the essential skills – Were you a solid leader of a team? Always the guy who had the technical answer to fix things? Or are you the negotiator, bridging people together? Whatever those soft skills happen to be for you, don’t ignore them. They’re crucial for companies today.

Take an inventory – Make a list of the things you did regularly – daily, weekly, monthly, as well as things and tasks you were responsible for. It might surprise you all you did, and it’ll help you describe what you did to civilian employers.

Do your research – Be sure to be prepared when you go into that interview. You wouldn’t go into a mission unprepared, and getting a job is a mission, in a way. Know what the company does, try to find out its strengths and weaknesses, and how maybe you could really help the team. Always be listening to what the person you are interviewing with is saying, and think about and then offer solutions.

Translate your experience – There are various ways that a military career can translate into a civilian one. There are multiple tools out there, but check out this skills translator that includes the ability for you to entre your branch of service, military pay grade, and military occupation code to help focus your search and give you some clarity. https://employmentportal.herokuapp.com/skills-translator

We hope these tips help you. If you’re interested in more or looking for a career, get in touch with us at veterans.strategicstaff.com.

It’s time for Michigan to open doors to talent by including LGBT protections in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act

End LGBT Discrimination In Michigan

Strategic Staffing Solutions is proud to support Freedom Michigan, an unprecedented bipartisan campaign of business, civil rights, religious, community and LGBT leaders with the singular goal of putting a bill on Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s desk during the final days of the current legislative session that will end legal discrimination against gay and transgender individuals.

The campaign will deploy organizers and volunteers to amplify support in key legislative districts across the state for updating the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

“We would ask legislative leaders to support Gov. Snyder and Michigan residents, the majority of whom oppose discrimination based on orientation and gender identity by holding an open vote on the floor of the House and Senate on updating the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act,” said Cynthia J. Pasky, president and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions and a co-chair of Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition, a business organization formed to support the legislation.

For a little background in case you did not know, legislation is pending in the state House that would prevent discrimination based on “sexual orientation and gender identity” in Michigan. It would amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act that already prevents discrimination based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight and marital status.

We’re united with many other business and community leaders in pushing this change, and polls show a strong majority of state voters believe that it’s time to protect gay and transgender Michiganders from discrimination. In addition, surveys of small business owners show that a strong majority support striking this important balance.

“Gov. Snyder opposes discrimination against gay and transgender people, who today can be fired from their job, evicted from housing, or refused service in a restaurant or doctor’s office just because they are gay or transgender.  We are ready to engage in a civil debate on the issue during the coming lame duck legislative session as Synder has called for,” said Josh Linkner, noted Michigan entrepreneur and founding partner of Detroit Venture Partners.

The new web page is www.freedommichigan.org and you can keep in touch on Twitter and on Facebook.

“Michigan’s economic success is dependent on attracting talent,” says Pasky. “Our business community has to be able to attract the most talented and vibrant individuals who are committed to our continued revitalization and growth. At Strategic Staffing Solutions we hire based on talent and people’s souls. It is time that our legislation include protections for these same principles.”

S3 President and CEO Cynthia Pasky Named ‘Executive of the Year’ By The Detroit Executives Association

We’re pleased to share some more great news. The Detroit Executives Association will honor our president and CEO Cynthia J. Pasky as its 2014 “Executive of the Year” at a luncheon Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC).

Cindy PaskyNow in its 33rd year, the annual Executive of the Year Award is presented to a business or community leader who exhibits exceptional leadership and devotion to the betterment of the Detroit area.

“S3 is a global IT and business services company that has 31 branch locations and 2,700 employees in the U.S. and Europe – and it’s all headquartered here in Detroit,” said Detroit Executives Association President Sam Giannola. “Cindy is committed to Detroit and the communities S3 serves globally. S3 and its global team contribute millions of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours each year. Cindy chairs the Detroit Downtown Partnership Board of Directors, and is a member of several other boards including Business Leaders for Michigan, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.”

If you didn’t know, the Detroit Executives Association was founded in 1926 and is comprised of business owners and principal decision makers in and around the Detroit metropolitan area. The association was built on the premise that members will work together to promote not only their own business, but each member’s business, as well, through the exchange of leads at weekly meetings, held at the Detroit Athletic Club.

“S3 opened almost 24 years ago in Detroit with a mission to provide opportunities to our team, customers and communities and to help people change their stations in life,” said Pasky. “It is truly appreciated that the Detroit Executives Association doesn’t base their award purely on business success, but also on executives’ efforts to drive change in the communities they serve. I am truly honored to be recognized on behalf of the tireless work of the S3 team.”

Past “Executive of the Year” honorees include Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland, DTE Energy CEO Anthony Earley and ePrize CEO Josh Linker.

The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 with cocktails and lunch at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Learn more at http://www.detroitexecs.com.

Detroit Branch Manager Named A Diversity Business Leader

Congratulations to Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) Detroit Branch Manager Shalini Lawson for being recognized as a Diversity Business Leader by Corp! Magazine. That’s Michigan’s top B-to-B publication that features success stories, best practices and strategies for business leaders.

corp-diversity-award-staffingLawson was honored at the “Michigan Salute to Diversity” breakfast by Corp! on Sept. 10 at the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit. Shalini was noted for promoting and fostering diversity through working with the more than 600 team members she oversees at S3 and her recruitment and on-boarding tactics.

As diversity is deeply ingrained in S3’s culture and history, this is not our company’s first time on the “Salute to Diversity” awards stage. In 2007, our president and CEO Cynthia J. Pasky received the Diversity Business Leader award and in 2009 S3 received the Diversity Focused Company award.

Kudos to Shalini to keeping S3’s legacy of commitment to diversity and inclusion strong!