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July, 2011

July 29, 2011  2:34 PM

CompTIA Certs: New IT Job Harbinger, or Wishful Thinking?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician certificate appears well-suited to growing market needs, CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician certificate represents a well-crafted attempt to meet market demands for IT

As I jumped up to the CompTIA Web site this morning and checked their latest press releases for signs of new programs and activities, I came across an item entitled "

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July 27, 2011  6:59 PM

Microsoft Seeks Recert Feedback

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Microsoft surveys cert holders and hiring managers to understand recert parameters, take a survey to give MS feedback on recert for advanced credentials such as MCITP or MCPD

Just saw this post on the MS Learning Born to Learn blog: "We need your feedback about recertification." It's from Krista Wall who I've dealt with over the...

July 25, 2011  4:49 PM

Interesting MS Beta Exam on Forefront ID Mgr thru Aug 4

Posted by: Ed Tittel
MCTS Forefront Identity Manager exam in beta thru August 4, sign up now to take free beta exams for Forefront Identity Manager 2010

When MS cert exams are in beta they are number 71-xxx instead of 72-xxx. The Microsoft Forefront Identity Manaer 2010 exam will be in beta until the end of next week, and is thus currently numbered 71-158. The full moniker for this exam is 71-158 TS: Forefront Identity Manager, Configuring and it...

July 22, 2011  2:50 PM

Interesting Top-10 List of Top IT Skills from Job Ads

Posted by: Ed Tittel reports on top IT skills in demand, social media and mobile computing top up key IT skills for new jobs

The folks at make a business out of consolidating online job ads for North America and making them searchable. While they're at it, they're not bashful about mining the results of their labors, either. ZDNet blogger Joe McKendrick pulled out some interesting data from a

July 20, 2011  3:16 PM

Social Media Gains Career Boost Status

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Dell makes incredibly effective use of social media, social media interest can create new job opportunities for IT professionals, social media savvy IT pros can write their own tickets on the job

Yesterday I had the honor and privilege of attending Dell's second annual Customer Advisory Panel (CAP) meeting, as a replacement for my long-time colleague and friend David Strom on behalf of his employer's Website (aka RWW; see "Dave Strom Note" at the end of this blog for more...

July 18, 2011  6:06 PM

Crazy Yo-Yo Job Market E-mail Gets an Actual Response

Posted by: Ed Tittel
no end to brinksmanship on debt ceiling in sight, Republican cant does little to address raising the debt ceiling

The Hon Mr Carter and his response do not leave me warm and fuzzy

To my complete and utter amazement, I actually got a...

July 15, 2011  8:53 PM

It always comes back to soft skills

Posted by: Ed Tittel
do not overlook soft skills when planning your career growth, the enduring value of soft skills to IT professionals

I just finished an article for Matt Gervais at tentatively entitled "Write Your Way to IT Career Success." Over the years, I've written numerous articles on the importance of soft skills for career development with a special emphasis on the following topics:

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July 13, 2011  6:07 PM

Arrgh! That Crazy Yo-Yo Job Market Is Straddling the Abyss

Posted by: Ed Tittel
crisis looming that dwarfs 2008 and might even eclipse 1929, dismal grim number for June 2011 employment situation, latest employment numbers really suck, time to tell Congress to fix the deficit

I've been noodling around like mad since last Friday, when the US Bureau of Labor Statistics posted the news that only a trifling number of new jobs — 18,000 to be precise — had been created for the month of June, 2011. After the first sign of substantial gains the month before (over 200,000...

July 11, 2011  4:43 PM

The Secret to “The Secrets of Consulting” by Gerald M. Weinberg

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Secrets of Consulting delivers what it promises, Secrets of Consulting is a great book for IT pros, Weinberg's Secret of Consulting dispenses great advice with equally great humor

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July 8, 2011  3:34 PM

ITIL Offers Potential IT Career Boost

Posted by: Ed Tittel
ITIL offers certification in best IT service practices and processes, ITIL provides interesting IT career boost

ITIL is an abbreviation for Information Technology Infrastructure Library. Based on work originally undertaken for the British Government's Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA) in the 1980s, it evolved into a set of recommendations and best practices that exercise profound impact...

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