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Engineers and IT pros who have left Michigan in search of work— it's time to come home!

Out-of-state job seekers that cannot attend should forward their resumes to so their credentials can be reviewed by participating employers.

In an unexpected turn of events, the new Job Hub 2011 planned by economic development departments from cities across Oakland and Macomb counties has more jobs than applicants, especially in the engineering field.

The Oakland Macomb Job Hub 2011 will be held on Thursday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Oakland University. Candidates have until Feb. 17 to preregister for the event. Preregistration is required.

Laurie Johnson, economic development coordinator for the city of Auburn Hills and an event organizer, says 54 employers are signed up thus far and 300 applicants.

The majority of employers who have signed up to participate in the Job Hub 2011 are seeking engineers and information technology professionals. Bright Automotive, for example, hopes to fill its previously announced 200 engineering jobs largely through the Job Hub,” Johnson said. “Many of Michigan’s engineers left the state in 2008 and 2009 for new career opportunities when they lost their jobs here. We want those former Michiganders to come home and apply their skills in our state and our region again.”

Other engineer-seeking companies signed up to participate in the Oakland Macomb Job Hub 2011 include Dow Corning, FANUC Robotics, Magna eCar, Gibbs Technology, ALTe, and Rayconnect.

Johnson said there will be employers looking to fill non-engineering positions at the Job Hub as well.

"Health care jobs in customer service and patient care are available from Wright and Filippis; The Art Institute is hiring for faculty, sales and admissions positions; State Farm has a need for insurance agents; and Arvin Meritor has openings for analyst, manufacturing and marketing positions,” she said. “While there may be an emphasis on engineers, the need for other specialty areas is still significant.

UPDATE: Link to the job fair registration site and here is the link to the Facebook page. Please like it.

Update 2: Thank you all very much for putting this on the rec. list and helping me spread the word. Tomorrow, I plan to post another diary with even more job opportunities, and I hope you will help me broadcast these opportunities, too. AND, If you haven't gone to the link to check out all the companies and jobs coming to this jobs fair, please do so. There are machinist and all kinds of other job opportunities. Thanks again.

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