IT Career JumpStart:

January, 2010

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January 20, 2010  8:30 PM

First a Hiatus, Then a Cutback



Posted by: Ed Tittel
blog hiatus from 1/20 thorugh 2/15 2010, blog schedule

Hello there! This is not a normal blog for me, nor will I count it as such. It's a news update from yours truly to let you know that I'm flying off to Belgium on Satuday, January 23, and that I won't be back until February 6, just in time for my son Gregory's sixth birthday. I'm also out of town...

January 15, 2010  6:41 PM

Digging into ITIL turns up potential career GOLD



Posted by: Ed Tittel
developing ITIL knowledge as a valuable IT skillset, Information Technology Infrastructure Library, Information Technology Services Management, ITIL, ITSM

I'm about one month into a sizable consulting project for a Houston chemical company, helping them transition their IT operations from a third-party managed service provider into an in-house operation. As the company makes its transition from the old regime to a new one, it's also wisely taking...


January 13, 2010  10:25 PM

CompTIA Certs Finally Get an Expiration Date



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CompTIA A+, CompTIA certification, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, leading CompTIA certs finally gain renewal/maintenance requirements

In a press release entitled "CompTIA Announces Plan to Help IT Professionals Keep Skills Up-To-Date" dated 1/11/2010, CompTIA finally backed...


January 11, 2010  11:37 PM

MS Puts Students on the Cert/Career Path



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult and continuing education, IT career planning, IT careers, IT job role descriptions for students, MS exam discounts for students, MS free software for students, MS Student Career Portal

My contact at Microsoft, Andrea Dyal, sent me a nice e-mail last week to remind me about the Microsoft Student Career Portal, which combines information about career planning, job roles, and exam and training discounts to incite, or perhaps entice, students to go "the Microsoft way" toward an IT...


January 8, 2010  6:20 PM

December Job Number: Raylet of Sunshine for IT



Posted by: Ed Tittel
December 2009 employment situation, IT career planning, IT careers, IT shows slight jobs outlook improvement

As I mentioned in Wednesday's blog "Jobs Outlook Picking Up, But..." we're starting to see some glimmers of economic improvement in various places, and...


January 6, 2010  6:35 PM

Jobs Outlook Picking Up But Little Improvement on the Ground



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT employment, IT employment situation, IT upturn still lies ahead, manufacturing hiring drives the job market

Recent analyst and magazine reports (Gartner and The Economist, among others) have started to see some improvements in basic market fundamentals, including manufacturing activity. As manufacturers start exhausting inventory and forecasting increased sales, they will usually depend on...


January 4, 2010  3:37 PM

Building certs into job descriptions



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, job requirements for IT certification, MS certs relevant to job search and job skill development

I'm working for a global chemical concern as a consultant right now, as part of an IT insourcing project they're undertaking. I've been hired to help them acquire, train, and equip their staff with the tools, documentation, and information they'll need to run IT operations. As a small but...


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