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May 27, 2009  3:58 PM

Who’s Laying Off Right Now?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, coping with job loss, IT 2009 employment outlook, IT career planning, IT employment

To try to get a sense of who's still letting people go in IT, I turned to the Employment Spectator's IT news items and to an old favorite, the

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March 2, 2009  4:54 PM

When Job Fairs Aren’t Completely Fair Affairs



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, coping with job loss, Interpersonal skills, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment, IT job search, job fairs, job seeking skills, soft skills

I heard a very interesting news story on NPR this morning about job fairs in the Midwest. As you might expect, attendance at such soirees among employers is down for the time being, while attendance among those seeking work is way up, especially for unemployed people. Check out the story by Adam...


February 27, 2009  4:42 PM

Does Certification Help? Some interesting numbers to ponder…



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

A perennial question among IT job seekers might be succinctly summarized as "Does certification help?" Anne Martinez and the crew at GoCertify.com posted an interesting set of numbers in January, 2009 that tally the job postings at Dice.com and Monster.com that make mention of specific credentials....


February 19, 2009  4:14 PM

Not All Training Programs/Institutions Are Created Equal



Posted by: Ed Tittel
academic degree plans, adult education, Career planning, certification training, community college, continuing education, IT career planning, IT training

If you want a real eye-opener about some companies that operate in the post-secondary technical training market, check out Linda Briggs 2004 story: "Federal Probe Targets ITT Tech." In particular, you must read the...


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 13, 2009  3:18 PM

How Can You Get a Job that Requires IT Experience, When You Have None?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career planning, continuing education, IT career planning, IT certification, IT job search

Of all the questions I receive regularly from readers, site members, and the public at large, none is so poignant to me as those that might be summarized as: "I'm looking for a job in IT. I have certifications x, y, and z. Nobody will talk to me, or take me seriously because I have no IT work...


February 6, 2009  4:57 PM

MS Leaks “Career Assist” Details in Blog



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career Assist Program, Career planning, continuing education, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Microsoft certifications, Second Shot Program

Microsoft Certification Project Manager Ken Rosen has let slip the details on the "Career Assist" program in a post to his Born to Learn blog. It actually went up on Wednesday as I was waiting for official word from MS, and reports the same Friday, February 6, public release date that MS...


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  6:13 PM

NPR weighs in on re-employment: “Move where the jobs are”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT job search

My weekday morning wake-up routine always includes at least a half-hour of news from National Public Radio, and this morning was no exception. I did hear an interesting bit in their news coverage today, however: some very good advice about how to cope with a layoff. I can't find the story on their...


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