IT Career JumpStart:

September, 2008

September 29, 2008  7:20 PM

The Next Microsoft Cert Generation Takes Wing

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, Database, IT careers, IT certification, IT salaries, MCITP, MCP, MCPD, MCTS, Microsoft Windows

To me, some of the most interesting things abut the recent article in Redmond Magazine entitled "IT Salaries on the Rise" appeared in the various charts that accompany the story. Today's blog springs more or less...

September 26, 2008  4:37 PM

The Other CompTIA Certifications

Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career planning, CDIA+, Convergence+, CTT+, DHTI+, e-Biz+, IT careers, IT certification, Linux+, Network+, PDI+, Project+, RFID+, Security+, Server+

OK, so everybody knows about the Big Three certs from CompTIA: A+, Network+, and Security+. A+ and Network+ are more or less checkbox items for aspiring entry-level IT, help desk, and tech support workers. Security+ is fast becoming a stepping stone to other, more senior, well-recognized and...

September 24, 2008  3:16 PM

What Makes Cert Programs Succeed?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, soft skills

I drop in on pretty regularly, to catch up on IT certification news, reviews, and opinions. Of the last variety, my old coopetitor, Emmett Dulaney, often has some pretty good ones. Today is no exception as he digs into an interesting and wistful illustration of the old principle...

September 22, 2008  4:14 PM

To CompTIA, or Not?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, IT careers, IT certification, Network+, Security+, Work background

Many of the questions I get from readers and IT professionals might best be summarized as "If I earn the following cert(s), will it help my career?" More than half the time, in fact, one or more of the specific IT certifications mentioned in the query comes from the Computing Technology Industry...

September 19, 2008  3:05 PM

Time for a sanity check: How am I doing? And yourself?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Microsoft Windows, Security, Security+

This is my 18th entry for this continuing "IT Career JumpStart" blog. I'm about six weeks into the process, and both I and my masters at TechTarget are reasonably pleased with the way things are going so far. I've managed to get some discussion going on over half of my posts, and have fielded at...

September 17, 2008  3:15 PM

Security+: Third Time Lucky?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT certification, Security, Security+

At the end of August, CompTIA announced that its Security+ certification had passed a significant milestone, as the total count of credentials granted topped the 50,000 mark. Over the past six years since this certification made its initial...

September 15, 2008  3:03 PM

DoD Directive 8570 and the OMB Follow-up

Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, CISA, CISSP, GISF, GSEC, GSLC, IT careers, IT certification, Network+, SCNA, SCNP, Security, Security+, SSCP

Back in 2005, the US Department of Defense aka DoD, issued Directive 8570 entitled "Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program." In a nutshell, this document states workforce responsibilites and requirements for...

September 12, 2008  5:49 PM

“Why Certifications Matter…”

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, soft skills, Work background

In my previous blog, I started digging into a recent article from entitled "IT Salaries on the Rise." Here, I'm going to continue that excavation by exploring and commenting on the section in the story whose...

September 10, 2008  3:40 PM

New IT Salary Survey Available

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT salaries, MCP, Work background

In the latest issue of, you'll find a story entitled "IT Salaries on the Rise." It begins by observing that in times of recession, as goes the economy, so also go salaries--namely, down, down, down. But...

September 8, 2008  4:08 PM

Soft Skills (Part 4 of 4): Project Management

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers, IT certification, PMP, project management, soft skills

When it comes to getting any kind of serious IT work done in businesses and organizations, nearly all such efforts fall under some kind of project heading. I'm not talking about routine maintenance, provisioning upgrades, and other ongoing day-to-day efforts. I'm talking about implementing or...

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