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April, 2009


April 29, 2009  4:03 PM

Some Faint Glimmers of Hope?

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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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