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April 10, 2009  6:54 PM

Game Your Way to (Cisco) Certification?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CCENT, Cisco Learning, Cisco Mind Share, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification prep materials, Learning@Cisco

Last Tuesday, April 7, SearchNetworking news writer Dan Morisy interviewed me for a story entitled "Cisco's Game Face:...

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April 3, 2009  3:33 PM

BLS Posts March 2009 Employment Situation Summary



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

The March 2009 numbers just came out this morning from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and are probably best summed up as "more of the same, only worse." Overall US unemployment jumped from 8.1% in February, up to 8.5% in...


March 27, 2009  5:22 PM

Government Stimulus Comes Home to Roost?



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

According to the Washington Business Journal, the DC area was only one of four major metro areas in the US — including also Boston, Dallas, and Houston — to experience job growth in 2008. For...


March 6, 2009  7:47 PM

Lots of Buzz, and Another Cisco Press Item to Ponder



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Cisco CCENT, Cisco CCNA Security, Cisco CCNA Voice, Cisco exam 640-460, Cisco exam 640-553, Cisco exam 640-822, continuing education, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification study materials

We've gotten such a great response to my last posting, that I'm going to extend the contest for the Flashcards and Network Simulator through Friday, March 13 (duh! duh! DUH!!!)....


March 4, 2009  2:24 PM

Cisco Press Supplies the Prizes, I Decide Who Gets Them!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Cisco CCENT, Cisco CCNA Security, Cisco CCNA Voice, Cisco exam 640-460, Cisco exam 640-553, Cisco exam 640-822, continuing education, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification study materials

[Updated 3/11/2009: see update info at end of post!!!] On February 9, I blogged about Pearson/Cisco Press's CertFlashCardsOnline offerings. One of their publicists contacted me to...


February 23, 2009  5:14 PM

Microsoft Scores Again with “Elevate America”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, funding IT skills development, IT career development, IT certification, IT skills development, IT training, Microsoft certifications, Microsoft e-learning, Microsoft Elevate America

With somewhat unusual timing, Microsoft announced on Sunday, February 22, a new job training program called "Elevate America" that aims to proffer technical skills training to lots of Americans (as many as two million according to an annoucement-day


February 20, 2009  6:06 PM

A Reduction in Pay Beats a Reduction in Force



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT career planning, IT pay cuts, IT salary and compensation, job skills development

Back when I worked for the Feds in the 1970s, the acronym for layoffs was RIF (reduction in force). These days, the downward spiral in the economy often involves belt-tightening of all kinds. If you're lucky enough to avoid layoffs, downsizing, right-sizing, or any of the other euphemisms for being...


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