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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...


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 25, 2009  4:07 PM

About IT (Un)Employment: It Could Always Be Worse



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT employment, unemployment statistics, US Bureau of Labor Statistics

For a quick take on the US Government's view of the current employment situation, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Summary always provides a pretty current view. In reading over the most recent report--for January 2009,...

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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...


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 16, 2009  1:36 PM

Reader’s Digest Gets Into the Job-Loss Act



Posted by: Ed Tittel
business writing, coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT job search, soft skills

I was sitting in the living room last night flipping through magazines while the boy was watching Spongebob Squarepants. For some reason, I just can't get into watching the same episode repeatedly, but Gregory has no trouble with that at all. One rag under scrutiny last night included the latest...


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...


January 23, 2009  3:46 PM

Don’t forget “other sources” of IT skills development funding



Posted by: Ed Tittel
funding IT skills development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certiication

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


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