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April, 2009

April 29, 2009  4:03 PM

Some Faint Glimmers of Hope?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT employment, IT employment indicators, IT employment trends, job seeking skills

Just over a month ago (March 23), I wrote a blog entitled "It's COLD out there/here." Therein I reported on my own attempts to find full-time, permanent employment by saying...

April 27, 2009  4:30 PM

MCPBACK gets you your next MCP exam for $25

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT certification, MCITP, MCP exam, MCPBACK, MCPD, MCTS, Microsoft Certified Professional exam, SecondShot

Microsoft MCP exams — which include any and all exams that count toward MCTS, MCITP, and MCPD — usually cost $125 a pop. Right now, if you sign up for any MCP that leads to one of those three credentials, you can get it for a mere $25. But you have to act fast: this offer extends only to the...

April 24, 2009  5:08 PM

Is Now the Time to Buy a CertPack Deal?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
CCDP, CCENT, CCNA, CCNP, CCSP, CCVP, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, IT career development, IT career planning, IT certification, MCITP, MCSA

In handling a series of reader questions recently here on the ITKE, somebody raised the question of whether or not it was worth spending $15,000 to sign up for a combination cert training package that would help him acquire A+, Network+, MCP, and MCSA certification. This is an interesting question...

April 20, 2009  2:59 PM

Layoffs Hit Close to Home

Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, job search skills, searching for IT employment

Given that I live in Round Rock, TX, just 6.37 miles from Dell Computer galactic headquarters at 1 Dell Way 78682, I hope it comes as no surprise that many of my neighbors work for that company. In fact, of the 21 houses in my immediate block, at least 9 of those households number (or numbered...

April 17, 2009  3:51 PM

Random Cert News April, 09

Posted by: Ed Tittel
CCDE, IT career planning, IT careers, IT cert games, IT certification, MCPD, military vets retool for IT, solid state storage initiative

I've been trolling the IT certification spaces and have noticed a bunch of new stuff out there. In no particular order, here's what I'm seeing lately that may be of interest to some readers:

  • Cisco's progressing on the roll-out of its new expert level cert program, the Cisco Certified...

April 15, 2009  4:52 PM

IT Career Musings on Tax Day, 2009

Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 Tax day, IT career planning, IT careers, managing self-employment income, self-employment income

In prepping for filing my extension for my family's 1040, I always have to do the following:

  • add up how much I made last year: this involves pulling out all my 1099 forms and totting up the total amount. I just barely cracked into six figures for 2008.
  • dig up total payments...

April 13, 2009  3:36 PM

Social Networking Picks Up Job Search Mantle

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT job search, job search resources, job search skills, soft skills development

In her most recent (4/6/09) article, entitled "Social Networking Emerges as Job-Hunting Tool" regular ITCareerPlanet contributor Esther Schein, picks up and runs with an idea that's crossed my mind many times in the last year or so —...

April 10, 2009  6:54 PM

Game Your Way to (Cisco) Certification?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
CCENT, Cisco Learning, Cisco Mind Share, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification prep materials, Learning@Cisco

Last Tuesday, April 7, SearchNetworking news writer Dan Morisy interviewed me for a story entitled "Cisco's Game Face:...

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April 8, 2009  4:37 PM

Check Out/Help Out with the TechCrunch Layoff Tracker

Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment outlook, IT employment statistics, TechCrunch Layoff Tracker

Thanks to Don Sears excellent "Careers blog" at eWeek, I learned about the TechCrunch Layoff Tracker earlier this week. Here, I'd like to explain and describe it, then...

April 8, 2009  4:03 PM

Manpower Cuts IT Numbers for Q2’09

Posted by: Ed Tittel
information sector employment outlook, IT career outlook, IT career planning, IT employment outlook, Manpower job estimates, professional and business services employment outlook, Q2'09 employment outlook

By contrast with the recently published numbers from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Manpower, Inc. Employment Outlook Survey for the US...

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