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February, 2009

February 27, 2009  4:42 PM

Does Certification Help? Some interesting numbers to ponder…

Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career planning, continuing education, IT certification, IT certification planning, skills development

A perennial question among IT job seekers might be succinctly summarized as "Does certification help?" Anne Martinez and the crew at posted an interesting set of numbers in January, 2009 that tally the job postings at and that make mention of specific credentials....

February 25, 2009  4:07 PM

About IT (Un)Employment: It Could Always Be Worse

Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT employment, unemployment statistics, US Bureau of Labor Statistics

For a quick take on the US Government's view of the current employment situation, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Summary always provides a pretty current view. In reading over the most recent report--for January 2009,...

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February 23, 2009  5:14 PM

Microsoft Scores Again with “Elevate America”

Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, funding IT skills development, IT career development, IT certification, IT skills development, IT training, Microsoft certifications, Microsoft e-learning, Microsoft Elevate America

With somewhat unusual timing, Microsoft announced on Sunday, February 22, a new job training program called "Elevate America" that aims to proffer technical skills training to lots of Americans (as many as two million according to an annoucement-day

February 20, 2009  6:06 PM

A Reduction in Pay Beats a Reduction in Force

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT career planning, IT pay cuts, IT salary and compensation, job skills development

Back when I worked for the Feds in the 1970s, the acronym for layoffs was RIF (reduction in force). These days, the downward spiral in the economy often involves belt-tightening of all kinds. If you're lucky enough to avoid layoffs, downsizing, right-sizing, or any of the other euphemisms for being...

February 19, 2009  4:14 PM

Not All Training Programs/Institutions Are Created Equal

Posted by: Ed Tittel
academic degree plans, adult education, Career planning, certification training, community college, continuing education, IT career planning, IT training

If you want a real eye-opener about some companies that operate in the post-secondary technical training market, check out Linda Briggs 2004 story: "Federal Probe Targets ITT Tech." In particular, you must read the...

February 18, 2009  3:51 PM

A Small Silver Lining?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, IT job search, IT skills development, job seeking skills, soft skills, soft skills development

Although I enjoy writing these blogs, I sometimes find myself wondering if they have any real impact. In the case of my Friday the 13th blog "How Can You Get a Job that...

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February 16, 2009  1:36 PM

Reader’s Digest Gets Into the Job-Loss Act

Posted by: Ed Tittel
business writing, coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT job search, soft skills

I was sitting in the living room last night flipping through magazines while the boy was watching Spongebob Squarepants. For some reason, I just can't get into watching the same episode repeatedly, but Gregory has no trouble with that at all. One rag under scrutiny last night included the latest...

February 13, 2009  3:18 PM

How Can You Get a Job that Requires IT Experience, When You Have None?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career planning, continuing education, IT career planning, IT certification, IT job search

Of all the questions I receive regularly from readers, site members, and the public at large, none is so poignant to me as those that might be summarized as: "I'm looking for a job in IT. I have certifications x, y, and z. Nobody will talk to me, or take me seriously because I have no IT work...

February 11, 2009  3:12 PM

Prepping for CISSP? Check out

Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, CISSP, Clement Dupuis, continuing education, infosec certification, ISC-squared, IT certification

As I started working on one of our more successful books--it's now in a fourth edition, and continues to generate modest but steady earnings--I first stumbled across French-Canadian Clement Dupuis' outstanding Web site. For those prepping for the CISSP exam, this site is a real treasure...

February 9, 2009  5:08 PM

Check Out Pearson’s CertFlashCardsOnline Offerings

Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, exam preparation tips, IT certification, IT certification self-study, IT certification study materials

Pearson Publishing is the parent company for Cisco Press,, and Que (the publisher of Exam Cram and Exam Prep titles, for which I was series editor until January 1, 2006). They are currently offering a free flash card pack to anybody who visits

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