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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 24, 2008  9:20 PM

Don’t forget: please answer the “7 Questions” when you ask for advice!



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

On August 27, I posted a blog entitled "7 Questions for Highly Effective Career Advice." In posting this piece, my goal was to arm readers and would be advice-seekers with...


October 13, 2008  2:52 PM

If at first you don’t succeed, try again!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification study tips, Microsoft Second Shot, soft skills

Microsoft Learning has been running its Second Shot program on and off since the late 90's. It works like this:

  • You


October 9, 2008  8:24 PM

Check the “Beta Exam Announcements” Blog for MS Beta Exam Info



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification study tips, Microsoft Windows

Not 'By Invitation Only' Any More! Normally, you have to hold a Microsoft certification of some kind and your e-mail address has to make its way onto a beta exam invitation list before you become eligible to take a beta certification exam. The invitation e-mail has long been the...


October 8, 2008  5:40 PM

What about the Microsoft Certified Master credentials?



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

In June, 2008, at Tech-Ed in Orlando, Microsoft announced a new high-level certification program to attendees and the rest of the world. As the name is intended to convey, the new Master credentials are intended...


October 6, 2008  3:02 PM

Microsoft Certified IT Professional Credentials



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCSE, MCTS, Work background

To some extent, it's fair to look at the MCITP credentials as an answer to the question: "Where do MCTS on the networking/admin side go for the next rung in the MS certification ladder?" This is territory that's still being explored and mapped, because a growing crop of new MCTS certified...


October 3, 2008  3:31 PM

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Certs



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

A quick look at the MCTS Web page confirms several observations:

  • Lots of credentials fall under this umbrella (32 in all)
  • These credentials cover lots of different ground: .NET Framework 2.0 (3) and 3.5...


October 1, 2008  9:14 PM

Give Yourself an Annual (Career) Review



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

With the end of 2008 now less than three months off, and 2009 chugging resolutely into view on the horizon, it's time to lift your eyes from the day-to-day near horizon of workaday life, and look a bit further out at the bigger career picture. This means asking questions such as:

  • How...


September 29, 2008  7:20 PM

The Next Microsoft Cert Generation Takes Wing



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, Database, IT careers, IT certification, IT salaries, MCITP, MCP, MCPD, MCTS, Microsoft Windows

To me, some of the most interesting things abut the recent article in Redmond Magazine entitled "IT Salaries on the Rise" appeared in the various charts that accompany the story. Today's blog springs more or less...


September 26, 2008  4:37 PM

The Other CompTIA Certifications



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career planning, CDIA+, Convergence+, CTT+, DHTI+, e-Biz+, IT careers, IT certification, Linux+, Network+, PDI+, Project+, RFID+, Security+, Server+

OK, so everybody knows about the Big Three certs from CompTIA: A+, Network+, and Security+. A+ and Network+ are more or less checkbox items for aspiring entry-level IT, help desk, and tech support workers. Security+ is fast becoming a stepping stone to other, more senior, well-recognized and...


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