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December 22, 2008  5:02 PM

Check Out GoCertify.com



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, GoCertify.com, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification study tips, Work background

My colleague and long-time certification industry expert, Anne Martinez, runs a very nice Web site called GoCertify.com. There's lots of interesting content there, not least of which is the information available through its

December 19, 2008  2:56 PM

Certification as a “Tie-Breaker”



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

Site Member Cruicer had this to say about my recent blog "Can Virtualization Certs Get Real?"

Certs are good, but until the Microsoft’s and the VMware’s testing centers put...


December 10, 2008  4:48 PM

How about Networking Certs? Try this survey…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Personal development, Work background

The very nice folks at SearchNetworking.com get my partner, Kim Lindros, and I to update a list of network certification for them on an an annual basis. The latest incarnation is called the "Networking...

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December 5, 2008  4:32 PM

Looking for IT Work Over the Holidays



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, Interpersonal skills, IT careers, job seeking skills, part-time IT work, resume writing, social networking, soft skills, Work background

Given the state of the economy and a rising unemployment level, I'm sure there are plenty of IT professionals out of work and looking, as well as those who are working and just thinking about making a change. I can't do anything to address the urgency of the search for those currently unemployed,...


November 26, 2008  5:00 PM

Nice Plug from a Nice Blog(ger)



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, Career planning, college & university, community college, continuing education, higher education, IT careers, IT certification, soft skills, Virews from the PIT

I hope those of you who dig into blogs on TechTarget's IT Knowledge Exchange take the time to explore the many other offerings available through this excellent information exchange and public forum. In case you haven't checked out Suzanne Wheeler's "


November 24, 2008  5:51 PM

MS Re-Betas Exam 70-563 on .NET 3.5 Development



Posted by: Ed Tittel
.NET Framework 3.5, Career development, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCP, MS exam 70-563, Visual Studio 2008

Over the weekend (11/22) Microsoft Learning Manager Jeff Koch re-opened the beta for exam 71-563 Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Applications using the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. Remember, most MS exams start with 71 in beta, which changes to 70 when they go into production, so this exam...


November 21, 2008  9:45 PM

The New and Improved Shape of CompTIA A+



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career development, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Microsoft Windows

The A+ PC Technician certification has been around for some time now (just over 15 years as I write this blog). In keeping with CompTIA's 3-year update/revision cycle on this exam, it's getting ready to morph itself again in 2009. This time the exam structure has been broken up into two parts,...


November 19, 2008  5:01 PM

The Human Side of IT: Softly Practice the Softest of Skills



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, Interpersonal skills, IT careers, Personal development, soft skills, Work background

As I try to broaden my personal horizons and learn how to be a better IT worker myself--so as to be better equipped to dispense advice to others--I've learned that this means I need to work on my people skills as and when opportunities present. Luckily for me, I've got a nearly five-year-old son,...


November 18, 2008  1:17 PM

Write a Better Resume



Posted by: Ed Tittel
business writing, Career development, Career planning, IT careers, job seeking skills, resume writing, soft skills, Work background

I've gottne lots of email in response to two recent postings: Pros and Cons of Resume Posting Sites and


November 10, 2008  8:18 PM

And now, a word from the “Brazen Careerist”



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

OK, so I'm wriiting an IT career development and enhancement blog. I hope that means it makes sense for me to turn to other career blogs from time to time, for information, advice, and even a good laugh. Those of you who've been reading this blog since it kicked off in mid-August 08, already know...


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