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February 18, 2009  3:51 PM

A Small Silver Lining?

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

Although I enjoy writing these blogs, I sometimes find myself wondering if they have any real impact. In the case of my Friday the 13th blog "How Can You Get a Job that...

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February 16, 2009  1:36 PM

Reader’s Digest Gets Into the Job-Loss Act

Posted by: Ed Tittel
business writing, coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT job search, soft skills

I was sitting in the living room last night flipping through magazines while the boy was watching Spongebob Squarepants. For some reason, I just can't get into watching the same episode repeatedly, but Gregory has no trouble with that at all. One rag under scrutiny last night included the latest...

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...

January 28, 2009  6:13 PM

NPR weighs in on re-employment: “Move where the jobs are”

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT job search

My weekday morning wake-up routine always includes at least a half-hour of news from National Public Radio, and this morning was no exception. I did hear an interesting bit in their news coverage today, however: some very good advice about how to cope with a layoff. I can't find the story on their...

January 19, 2009  9:40 PM

What about spending money when you have no money?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, IT certfication, IT job search, job seeking skills, professional development

I just did a follow-up phone interview with TechTarget news writer MIchael Morisy, who raised the question with me "Will people really spend money on certs in a down economy?" Notice carefully the use of "people" in this question: we're talking about individuals spending their own hard-earned...

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