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March 11, 2009  4:13 PM

In Today’s Job Market, Prospective Employers Want It All



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, advanced degrees, certification ladder, college degrees, continuing education, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, job experience, job seeking skills, soft skills

I was just musing on the state of the current job market, where it's not unfair to say that there are a lot more people chasing jobs than there are jobs chasing people. Once again, I find myself pondering the "Big Three' ingredients that all employers consider when selecting among multiple...

March 9, 2009  7:54 PM

MS Keeps Up Its Training Blitz



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Microsoft Career Assist, Microsoft certifications, Microsoft Skills Week

About the same time my MS Partner Program "Learning Curve Newsletter" hit my inbox this morning, I also got some e-mail from MS PR with reference to their latest salvo in the training and certification arena....


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 27, 2009  4:42 PM

Does Certification Help? Some interesting numbers to ponder…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career planning, continuing education, IT certification, IT certification planning, skills development

A perennial question among IT job seekers might be succinctly summarized as "Does certification help?" Anne Martinez and the crew at GoCertify.com posted an interesting set of numbers in January, 2009 that tally the job postings at Dice.com and Monster.com that make mention of specific credentials....


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 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 11, 2009  3:12 PM

Prepping for CISSP? Check out CCCure.org



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, CISSP, Clement Dupuis, continuing education, infosec certification, ISC-squared, IT certification

As I started working on one of our more successful books--it's now in a fourth edition, and continues to generate modest but steady earnings--I first stumbled across French-Canadian Clement Dupuis' outstanding CCCure.org Web site. For those prepping for the CISSP exam, this site is a real treasure...


February 9, 2009  5:08 PM

Check Out Pearson’s CertFlashCardsOnline Offerings



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, exam preparation tips, IT certification, IT certification self-study, IT certification study materials

Pearson Publishing is the parent company for Cisco Press, InformIT.com, and Que (the publisher of Exam Cram and Exam Prep titles, for which I was series editor until January 1, 2006). They are currently offering a free flash card pack to anybody who visits


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...


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