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October, 2008


October 30, 2008  3:01 PM

More on upcoming MS Certified Master topics

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In a recent blog entitled "What about the Microsoft Certified Master credentials" I reported that Per Farny, Director of Advanced Training and Certification at Microsoft had...

October 28, 2008  10:55 AM

Looking for Job Search Info: Try These “Ace IT” Books!

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I had the good fortune to be recruited by the author of these Two "ACE IT" books from Osborne/McGraw-Hill, and worked with Paula Moreira from 2000-2003. Here are their citations, after which I explain their value propositions and point you at Paula's supporting Web site. All are good resources for...


October 24, 2008  9:20 PM

Don’t forget: please answer the “7 Questions” when you ask for advice!

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On August 27, I posted a blog entitled "7 Questions for Highly Effective Career Advice." In posting this piece, my goal was to arm readers and would be advice-seekers with...


October 24, 2008  9:07 PM

Position Yourself Positively, But Don’t Overdo It…

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One topic of discussion I see all the time might be baldly stated as "How can I present myself to prospective employers as positively as possible without getting into trouble or promising more than I can deliver?" Besides the obvious answers--namely, "Steer clear of trouble," and "Don't claim...


October 15, 2008  7:39 PM

Prepping for Cert Exams

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You know that old saying: "You can never be too rich, or too thin?" Well, I think a variation on that theme applies to preparing for certification exams: "You can never be too prepared, or too ready!" To that end, I've compiled a bunch of advice on preparing for exams that readers may find...


October 13, 2008  2:52 PM

If at first you don’t succeed, try again!

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Microsoft Learning has been running its Second Shot program on and off since the late 90's. It works like this:


October 9, 2008  8:24 PM

Check the “Beta Exam Announcements” Blog for MS Beta Exam Info

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Not 'By Invitation Only' Any More! Normally, you have to hold a Microsoft certification of some kind and your e-mail address has to make its way onto a beta exam invitation list before you become eligible to take a beta certification exam. The invitation e-mail has long been the...


October 8, 2008  5:40 PM

What about the Microsoft Certified Master credentials?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

In June, 2008, at Tech-Ed in Orlando, Microsoft announced a new high-level certification program to attendees and the rest of the world. As the name is intended to convey, the new Master credentials are intended...


October 6, 2008  3:02 PM

Microsoft Certified IT Professional Credentials

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To some extent, it's fair to look at the MCITP credentials as an answer to the question: "Where do MCTS on the networking/admin side go for the next rung in the MS certification ladder?" This is territory that's still being explored and mapped, because a growing crop of new MCTS certified...


October 3, 2008  3:31 PM

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Certs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

A quick look at the MCTS Web page confirms several observations:

  • Lots of credentials fall under this umbrella (32 in all)
  • These credentials cover lots of different ground: .NET Framework 2.0 (3) and 3.5...


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