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July 29, 2013  3:47 PM

Fascinating List of “Workplace Skills Worldwide” Points Squarely at Soft Skills



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

The Microsoft Partners in Learning site (www.pil-network.com) offers some interesting blogs and materials from time to time. This morning, I stumbled across a posting entitled "

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July 26, 2013  3:05 PM

CompTIA Security+ Count Hits the Quarter-Million Mark



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

In the context of reading about the results of a Security+ related contest from CompTIA this morning, I also learned that the organization has recently certified a quarter-million individuals for that certification. In a post to its IT Careers Blog entitled "   Bookmark and Share     0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


July 24, 2013  4:44 PM

Ask for a Recommendation, Not a Job



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

I mine all kinds of resources for IT certification and career tips. Lately, I've been paying more than ordinary attention to the subject of finding a job in IT. That's because my good friend, Joe, about whom I've blogged many times here -- he's the guy who gave up playing pool on my Thursday night...


July 19, 2013  7:00 PM

If It’s Better to Be Lucky Than Good, Is It Better to be Smart Than Lucky?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

In trolling for blog fodder this morning, I came across an interesting post over at TrainSignal, which in turn depends on an interview with Tumblr founder David Karp on the Colbert Report last Tuesday (7/16/2013). There's a link to the actual interview in the blog post, which is entitled "


July 18, 2013  7:30 PM

No more mandatory training for MCSM certification



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

When the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Master, or MCSM, credential made its debut a couple of years back, three of those credentials...


July 15, 2013  5:53 PM

Nice Tips for Boosting Your IT Skills Profile from TrainSignal



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

I've said it before, and I'll probably say it again: video cert training company TrainSignal's $49 a month subscription deal for the entire training catalog -- which includes a large number of Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, Citrix, VMware, and CWNA certifications among its offerings -- is one of the...


July 12, 2013  5:55 PM

Foote Partners Paints Rosier-than-expected IT Employment Picture for 2013



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

David Foote and his company, Foote Partners LLC, are well-known trackers and purveyors of IT hiring, salary, and market trends information. A story based on one of their recent analyses of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics' jobs figures appeared on July 8 at the Information Management...


July 10, 2013  5:15 PM

Oracle’s Heading Into the Cloud, Just Like Everybody Else



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

When I saw this announcement from Oracle last week, I was forcibly struck by how much the cloud is reshaping the...


July 8, 2013  3:37 PM

Student Loan Rates Double: Sounds Bad, But…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

There's certainly been a lot of ranting and raving about Congress's failure to keep Stafford loans at their historically low interest rate of 3.4 percent. And, as of July 1, rates on those loans have doubled, from 3.4 to 6.8 percent. I'd thought this to be an undeniable tragedy, until I heard...


July 5, 2013  1:45 PM

Employment increases by 195K, overall unemployment unchanged at 7.6%



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

I've been thinking over the old Greek myth about Charybdis (a monster who created a whirlpool) and Scylla (a large, dangerous rock, both of whom sat opposite one another in a narrow strait on the Aegean sea) in thinking about the employment situation lately. As the old story goes, to avoid one of...


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