Re: [php-29] Re: Job Fair

From: Xiao
Sent on: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 8:10 AM
Hi, Michael:

This is Jie's wife. I've been thinking about saying "thank you" to you for a while but have not got a chance yet.
This PHP meetup group has been a great resource for me to get the most  updated information over the past few years. I've learned to use jQuery and other great tools for my work because of those meetup presentations. A lot of the presentations are top notch and from the "best players" of the tech world. The information that I got from them are priceless.  Even the "not so great" presentations have some good information as well. Don't feel bad about those. Since I have 3 kids,  it's the last thing that I want to do to stay in the city after work , this meetup is the only exception that I'll.  (I don't even do that for my company's parties.)
It also helps me to get my own resume updated as well.  When the time I started looking for a new job, I've realized that that my updated skill sets are good for a lot of positions. Most recruiters told me that they'll get a job for me due to my skill. Of cause,  it did not take me too long to land my next job. That I should all say "thank you" to this meetup group.
Thanks for all the hard work and great thoughts, I do think that you really make this meetup group a great success.
I'll try to get more involved in future if I could.

Thanks again.


From: Michael Bourque <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 4:41 PM
Subject: [php-29] Re: Job Fair

I want to thank you all for attending our first Boston PHP Job Fair. What started as a neat idea posted to our suggestion board, turned out to be a spectacular event. I even heard member @alwillis tell me "This is the best Job Fair I've ever seen - amazing". This made my day!
We had well over 288 attendees for this event. Each attendee was given colored name tags so you could tell who was hiring, and who was looking. We had over 11 booths setup with Recruiters, Companies, and Non-Profits all looking to hire. We also setup two job posting boards - one for jobs and others for job seekers. There was a lot more jobs than qualified people looking for jobs. Afterwards, we allowed everyone to use the Mic to announce their job or unique skills. We devoured over 50 boxes of pizza, and many stayed for the main event afterwards "Practical Agile".
I do hope you were able to find a job or connection, if so, I would really love to hear about it. Somehow knowing that we are doing good by finding people jobs really warns my heart. I would appreciated it.
Should we do it again?
We are thinking of doing this this event on a regular basis, perhaps every three months. Give us some feedback so we know what we can do next time to improve it:
Still looking for a job?
Here is a list of all the jobs we collected that are still available:
Looking to hire?
Here is a list of people that are looking for jobs:
Don't miss our next meetups:
  • Learn Twitter API Programming (Wednesday, Sept 14th, 6-9pm)
    Adam Green will give an introduction to Twitter API programming with PHP and MySQL. We will show you how to connect to the Twitter API servers, store tweets and user account info in a MySQL database, and display the data on any website. We will explore advanced topics like ranking Twitter users for influence and automatically following them.
  • Proof you don’t need SQL anymore (Wednesday, Oct 12th, 6-9pm)
    Chhean Saur will give an exciting and riveting presentation on a big claim - that you really don't need SQL anymore, and we will prove it. Find out why so many are calling the whole NoSQL movement the biggest no brainer around.
  • Google Analytics for Developers (Wednesday, Nov 9th, 7-9pm)
    O’Reilly author Justin Cutroni will discuss what programmers and developers need to know about web analytics and Google Analytics to effectively communicate with business people that look at the data. We'll dive into some of the more advanced Google Analytics topics, like custom variables, mobile tracking, and social media tracking.
See you next meetup,
Michael Bourque
Boston PHP 
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