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August 18, 2008  3:23 PM

Understanding what drives IT salaries



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, CCNA, IT careers, IT certification, IT salaries, MCSE

On the IT Knowledge Exchange, I recently fielded the following question "What is the basic salary given to a starting network employee with CCNA and MCSE...

August 15, 2008  3:08 PM

Calculating Certification ROI



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, CCIE, CCNA, IT careers, IT certification

Enough readers have commented on pros, cons, and costs of certification that I wanted to throw a calculation tool into the hopper. Whenever you consider spending time, effort, and money on career development or enhancement it's a really good idea to use standard "return on investment" techniques to...


August 13, 2008  3:00 PM

Why Entry-Level Certs Aren’t Enough to Get You a Job



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, CISSP, IT careers, IT certification, MCP, SAP consulting certification, Security+, Work background

Pick a popular entry-level IT certification, I don't care which one: MCP (Microsoft single-exam credential, Microsoft Certified Professional), any major CompTIA cert (A+, Network+, Security+,...), CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), and so forth. For each of these items, and others I don't...


August 11, 2008  5:55 PM

The Positive Power of Military-issue Security Clearance



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers, IT certification

In some of the email that my recent blog posts have stimulated, one reader bewailed his lack of job opportunities. Then, he informed me he was (a) ex-millitary, (b) moving to the DC area, and (c) interested in computer security. He already works in IT, as you might exepect from somebody who would...


August 8, 2008  8:51 PM

Just say “Yes!” to JumpStart!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification

Thanks to the email link in my blogs, and through my profile, I've received quite a bit more email from "interested parties" for my first couple of blogs than I ever expected. Therefore, let me continue with my thanks to those of you who took the time to respond to my postings and to share your...


August 6, 2008  3:38 PM

Degree versus Certification



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Security, Work background

One of the questions I get asked most frequently might best be stated as "Which is better from a career development perspective, a college degree or certification?" Though in some cases, employers may be more inclined to favor a degree over a certification (especially for entry-level positions...


August 4, 2008  8:22 PM

Need to boost your IT career?



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

Hello! My name is Ed Tittel and I've been commenting on, writing about, and answering questions on IT career issues for TechTarget since 1999 (learn more about me on my bio page at www.edtittel.dom). My goal in this blog is to provide information, advice, and hopefully also some insight about...


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