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July 21, 2009  1:54 PM

The enduring value of IT certification



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, adult education, continuing education, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCSA, MCTS, Network+

In running the contest to select winners for some MCP exam vouchers graciously donated by Microsoft, and in profiling four of the six winners (so far, I'm still chasing the other two) I've found myself revisiting several thoughts and ideas that have confronted me throughout my dozen years toiling...

July 15, 2009  1:59 PM

MCP Voucher Winner Renne B from The Phillipines



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT career planning, IT certification, MCP exam voucher winner, MS certification

1. What do you currently do for a living? I am currently working as an IT Operations Head/Team Lead for an IT Outsourcing Company here in our country and also doing some part-time jobs as an IT Instructor.   2. Please describe your educational background. I started my studies with an...


June 26, 2009  2:41 PM

Cert Success Story Contest Closes Next Week



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT careers, IT certification, MCP exam, Microsoft Dynamics exam, MS certification, MS exam vouchers, SearchNetworking contest

OK readers, this blog is just a quick reminder that we started a contest on June 11 in a blog entitled Share Your Certification Success Story, Win an MS Voucher. You can click the...


June 11, 2009  7:29 PM

Share Your Certification Success Story, Win an MS Voucher



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT careers, IT certification, MCP exam, Microsoft Dynamics exam, MS certification, MS exam vouchers, SearchNetworking contest

[updated 6/19/09]

Have you ever earned an IT certification? Do you know...


May 29, 2009  7:32 PM

Check out Anne Martinez’ “CertiBlog”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
GoCertify.com, IT career development, IT career planning, IT cerfication questions, IT certification, IT certification planning

Anne Martinez is the brains and voice behind one of my favorite IT certification Web sites. It's called GoCertify, and you'll find that it's home to regular certification news and information. Better yet, it includes a peachy certification...


May 22, 2009  4:11 PM

Does IT Certification or Training Make a Difference?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT training

One question that comes up all the time in reader e-mail and interaction, and in my "Ask the Expert" dialogs, is the one that entitles today's blog. Actually, this has been on a lot of people's minds lately--as a quick perusal of my earlier postings here and elsewhere will ascertain, and as many...


May 14, 2009  5:05 PM

Win 7 Beta Exam Item (Almost) Escapes My Notice



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Configuring, Exam 70-680 beta, Exam 71-680, IT career development, IT career planning, IT certification, Microsoft Certification, MS certification, TS Windows 7

Thanks to Emmett Dulaney at CertCities.com, I read this morning that MS has exam 71-680: Configuring Windows 7 in beta from May 5 until May 18 (this coming...


April 24, 2009  5:08 PM

Is Now the Time to Buy a CertPack Deal?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CCDP, CCENT, CCNA, CCNP, CCSP, CCVP, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, IT career development, IT career planning, IT certification, MCITP, MCSA

In handling a series of reader questions recently here on the ITKE, somebody raised the question of whether or not it was worth spending $15,000 to sign up for a combination cert training package that would help him acquire A+, Network+, MCP, and MCSA certification. This is an interesting question...


April 20, 2009  2:59 PM

Layoffs Hit Close to Home



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, job search skills, searching for IT employment

Given that I live in Round Rock, TX, just 6.37 miles from Dell Computer galactic headquarters at 1 Dell Way 78682, I hope it comes as no surprise that many of my neighbors work for that company. In fact, of the 21 houses in my immediate block, at least 9 of those households number (or numbered...


April 13, 2009  3:36 PM

Social Networking Picks Up Job Search Mantle



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT job search, job search resources, job search skills, soft skills development

In her most recent (4/6/09) article, entitled "Social Networking Emerges as Job-Hunting Tool" regular ITCareerPlanet contributor Esther Schein, picks up and runs with an idea that's crossed my mind many times in the last year or so —...


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