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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 11, 2009  3:12 PM

Prepping for CISSP? Check out CCCure.org



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 CCCure.org Web site. For those prepping for the CISSP exam, this site is a real treasure...


February 5, 2009  4:45 PM

Stay tuned for further “Career Assist” news from MS



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, Career planning, continuing education, IT certification, Microsoft Career Assist, Microsoft certifications, Microsoft e-learning

Alas, the program details for the "Career Assist" program from Microsoft foretold to me last week have yet to materialize. The original launch date for this program was supposed to have been yesterday (February 4) and I waited on this blog to discuss them until the day had come and gone. Instead I...


February 2, 2009  3:58 PM

Microsoft readies financial aid for IT pros



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, IT certification, Microsoft certifications, Microsoft e-learning

When I read on the MS learning center site last month that the company had plans to help cash-strapped IT professionals boost skills and knowledge, quite naturally I e-mailed their PR folks to ask what was up. At the time, they couldn't yet tell me anything but I have recently come into possession...


January 28, 2009  5:55 PM

Don’t forget “other sources” when funding IT training



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, continuing education, IT skills development, job seeking skills

As veteran blogger and commenter Suzanne Wheeler (she writes "Views from the PIT-People in IT" blog here) noticed about my


January 19, 2009  9:17 PM

Foote Partners Pinpoints 10 Top IT Jobs for 2009



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

My old buddy David Foote at IT compensation specialist firm Foote Partners, recently shared with e-week the results of his latest compensation data in a slideshow named "


January 9, 2009  11:06 PM

Microsoft’s Take on Planning a Career in IT



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, IT careers, IT certification, Microsoft certifications, professional development

In my ceaseless trolling of the virtual byways and highways on the Internet, I keep digging up interesting sources of  IT career planning information. I can now cheerfully confess to needing a laugh rather badly today, having just elicited a few chuckles from this earnest and well-meaning...


January 4, 2009  10:03 PM

The New Year Is Here, So Be It Resolved That…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification lifecycle, job skills development

A list of New Year's resolutions for those who work in IT, and are seeking to improve upon or build their careers might include the following:

  • Identify at least two new tools or technologies relevant to your job, and start to learn more about them. If you can obtain trial versions or...


December 26, 2008  2:51 PM

And now, a word from/for my sponsors…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, Interpersonal skills, IT careers, ITKE grandparent, Personal development, soft skills, Work background, work/life balance

It's too easy to get caught up in the working side of life, and to let it overpower other equally important parts. Perhaps because I have tendencies in that direction, I often find myself thinking about how all the different parts of life fit together, particularly work and family life, as the...


December 24, 2008  4:01 PM

More on Entry-Level Certs from the Trenches



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, Career planning, CCIE, CCNA, CCNP, continuing education, IT careers, IT certification, job seeking skills

I play pool two nights a week on leagues that belong to the American Poolplayers Association (APA). My Thursday night 9-ball team is composed primarily of people who work in IT. Of the seven people on the team, one is a paralegal, another a hairdresser, and the other five work for Dell (1),...


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