IT Career JumpStart:

January, 2009


January 28, 2009  6:13 PM

NPR weighs in on re-employment: “Move where the jobs are”

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My weekday morning wake-up routine always includes at least a half-hour of news from National Public Radio, and this morning was no exception. I did hear an interesting bit in their news coverage today, however: some very good advice about how to cope with a layoff. I can't find the story on their...

January 28, 2009  5:55 PM

Don’t forget “other sources” when funding IT training

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As veteran blogger and commenter Suzanne Wheeler (she writes "Views from the PIT-People in IT" blog here) noticed about my


January 23, 2009  4:07 PM

CompTIA Lets New Network+ Loose on the World

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With the organization's decision to hew to ISO9000 requirements regarding training and certification, it looks like CompTIA will be refreshing and updating its credentials on a rather less leisurely schedule going forward. The latest Network+, released on January 9, is a good case in point. Though...


January 23, 2009  3:46 PM

Don’t forget “other sources” of IT skills development funding

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As veteran blogger and commenter Suzanne Wheeler (she writes "Views from the PIT-People in IT" blog here) noticed about my


January 19, 2009  9:40 PM

What about spending money when you have no money?

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I just did a follow-up phone interview with TechTarget news writer MIchael Morisy, who raised the question with me "Will people really spend money on certs in a down economy?" Notice carefully the use of "people" in this question: we're talking about individuals spending their own hard-earned...


January 19, 2009  9:17 PM

Foote Partners Pinpoints 10 Top IT Jobs for 2009

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My old buddy David Foote at IT compensation specialist firm Foote Partners, recently shared with e-week the results of his latest compensation data in a slideshow named "


January 14, 2009  6:50 PM

Out of an IT Job? Then what?

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In some e-mail with a fellow certification market follower recently, my correspondent opined that those who find themselves out of work in IT can look for a silver lining in such dire circumstances. The sudden change of work status creates a fabulous opportunity for study, learning, training, or...


January 12, 2009  6:50 PM

Dancing About Software Architecture

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Every now and then a book comes along that reshapes how people look at the world in which they live and work. Surprisingly to many, a work of traditional architecture by Christopher Alexander called A


January 9, 2009  11:06 PM

Microsoft’s Take on Planning a Career in IT

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In my ceaseless trolling of the virtual byways and highways on the Internet, I keep digging up interesting sources of  IT career planning information. I can now cheerfully confess to needing a laugh rather badly today, having just elicited a few chuckles from this earnest and well-meaning...


January 7, 2009  2:26 PM

When Certifications Retire, What Happens Next?

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I recently ran across an interested article by Lynn Haber at ITCareerPlanet entitled "When IT Certifications Retire." It got me to thinking about what IT professionals can and should do to keep their knowledge, skills, and credentials...


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