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November 21, 2008  9:45 PM

The New and Improved Shape of CompTIA A+



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career development, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Microsoft Windows

The A+ PC Technician certification has been around for some time now (just over 15 years as I write this blog). In keeping with CompTIA's 3-year update/revision cycle on this exam, it's getting ready to morph itself again in 2009. This time the exam structure has been broken up into two parts,...

November 19, 2008  5:01 PM

The Human Side of IT: Softly Practice the Softest of Skills



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, Interpersonal skills, IT careers, Personal development, soft skills, Work background

As I try to broaden my personal horizons and learn how to be a better IT worker myself--so as to be better equipped to dispense advice to others--I've learned that this means I need to work on my people skills as and when opportunities present. Luckily for me, I've got a nearly five-year-old son,...


November 18, 2008  1:17 PM

Write a Better Resume



Posted by: Ed Tittel
business writing, Career development, Career planning, IT careers, job seeking skills, resume writing, soft skills, Work background

I've gottne lots of email in response to two recent postings: Pros and Cons of Resume Posting Sites and


November 14, 2008  3:24 PM

A Conversation with Bill Wall, MS Director of Certification and Career Excellence, about performance based testing



Posted by: Ed Tittel
70-640, IT careers, MCTS, Microsoft Windows, PBT, Performance-based testing

To begin today's blog, I need to disclose some shared background and history with Mr. Wall. He's the guy who developed the Novell Certified Engineer (CNE) program at Novell at the same time that I worked there (from 1987 through 1994) and who developed Novell's excellent performance based testing...


November 12, 2008  4:47 PM

TechKnight Does It By the Numbers, Gets a Complete Answer



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career planning, CCNA, IT careers, IT certification, Network+, SAP consulting certification

Looks like some people actually do their homework here. I got this comment posted to my "7 Questions" blog, wherein I laid out some queries to enable advice-seekers to get...


November 10, 2008  8:18 PM

And now, a word from the “Brazen Careerist”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, job seeking skills, soft skills

OK, so I'm wriiting an IT career development and enhancement blog. I hope that means it makes sense for me to turn to other career blogs from time to time, for information, advice, and even a good laugh. Those of you who've been reading this blog since it kicked off in mid-August 08, already know...


November 7, 2008  9:26 PM

Pros and Cons of Resume Posting Sites



Posted by: Ed Tittel
business writing, Career development, Career planning, IT careers, job seeking skills, resume writing, soft skills, Work background

If you've looked for a job, or even just thought about looking for a job recently, you've probably visited one or more of the resume posting sites on the Web. A large number of such operations exist, at the same time that more and more companies are using similar technology to field direct...


November 5, 2008  4:20 PM

Looking for Work? Thinking about it? Try Linked-In…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, Interpersonal skills, IT careers, job seeking skills, LinkedIn.com, soft skills

For those not already plugged into the Linked-In business networking Website, it's definitely worth checking out. Here, you can post a personal profile, document your work history, describe your interests, and build a professional network of peers, colleagues,...


October 30, 2008  3:01 PM

More on upcoming MS Certified Master topics



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers, IT certification, Microsoft Certified Master

In a recent blog entitled "What about the Microsoft Certified Master credentials" I reported that Per Farny, Director of Advanced Training and Certification at Microsoft had...


October 28, 2008  10:55 AM

Looking for Job Search Info: Try These “Ace IT” Books!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, Interpersonal skills, IT careers, job seeking skills, soft skills

I had the good fortune to be recruited by the author of these Two "ACE IT" books from Osborne/McGraw-Hill, and worked with Paula Moreira from 2000-2003. Here are their citations, after which I explain their value propositions and point you at Paula's supporting Web site. All are good resources for...


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