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October 21, 2009  2:39 PM

A New Age Guide to IT Presentation Skills?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
developing IT Presentation skills, IT career planning, IT careers, IT Presentation skills, review: Alan Carroll "The Broadband Connection"

About two months ago, I got a very nice letter from Adrienne Lang, a marketing associate at boutique publisher BenBella Books in Dallas, TX. She recommended one of her books to me for review in this blog, and described it as follows:

In The Broadband Connection, Alan...

October 19, 2009  2:41 PM

Interesting Employment Info Source

Posted by: Ed Tittel
employment trends for 2010, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment situation, Manpower Inc. Global Employment Outlook

For this blog, I lean heavily on the monthly employment situation summaries from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). But there's another, more commercial source of employment information out there to which I'd like to point for today's blog. It's Manpower, Inc. a global player in the...

October 16, 2009  4:46 PM

Need a cheaper MCP exam? Ask an MCT

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCP exam discounts, MCP exams, MCT rewards program, MS certification

MCT stands for Microsoft Certified Trainer, and these stalwart and knowledgable professionals make up the backbone of the classroom training industry for Microsoft certification exams. I stumbled across this tidbit of information in the Born to Learn blog while trolling for topics to write about....

October 12, 2009  7:52 PM

College Degree vs. IT Certification: Both Beat Either/Or

Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, advanced certification, continuing education, graduate degrees, IT career planning, IT careers, IT cert vs. college degree, soft skills certification

Ken Rosen posted an interesting blog for Microsoft's "Born to Learn" last week (on October 6, to be precise). It's entitled "Certification or College Degree: Which...

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October 9, 2009  2:43 PM

Where the IT Jobs Might Just Be

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Basesline Magazine, hot IT employment areas, IT careers, IT job search, IT job situation, Where the IT Jobs Are Now

I just finished flipping through an online slide deck at Baseline Magazine. It's entitled Where the IT Jobs Are Now and I'm happy to see that it validates several areas...

October 7, 2009  4:43 PM

AVG Free 9.0: Coming Soon

Posted by: Ed Tittel
AVG 9.0 released, AVG Free 9.0 available soon, free Windows antimalware protection, free Windows antivirus software, Windows 7 antivirus, Windows 7 security

Of all the free antimalware packages — most notably, Avira AntiVir, AVG Free, Avast!, and most recently, Microsoft Security Essentials — I've had the most experience with AVG Free. I'm currently running AVG 8.5 Free on at least 4 systems (all test machines: 2 notebooks and 2 desktops) and also...

October 7, 2009  4:24 PM

Even UT takes an IT layoff hickey

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment situation, IT layoffs at UT Austin

Part of my morning ritual consists of listening to local NPR affiliate station KUT, which intersperses snippets of local news along with the national and global news that NPR reports on "Morning Edition." This morning, I heard that big local employer UT Austin just laid 25 people off in its...

October 5, 2009  1:14 PM

ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accredited Certifications

Posted by: Ed Tittel
ANSI accredited IT certification, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, list of ANSI-accredited IT certifications, Microsoft earns ANSI certification accreditation

I got an e-mail last week from Microsoft indicating that "Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Windows Server 2008 Server Administrator and Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator certifications are the first two Microsoft product-specific IT certifications...

October 2, 2009  5:28 PM

Looking for work with the Feds? Think “Security Clearance!”

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers, IT employment, US Federal Security Clearance, US Military Security Clearance

Let me start today's blog with an upfront disclaimer: though obtaining a security clearance may sound like a good idea to anybody considering some kind of civilian position with the US government, you can't get one on your own. Obtaining a security clearance requires the active consent and...

September 30, 2009  4:52 PM

Po Bronson Strikes Again with “What Should I Do…” Redux

Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT careers, IT job search, IT job search strategy, job attitudes, job strategy

Back in the last downturn — you know, the dot com bomb that followed the dot com boom in 2001 — Po Bronson, one of my favorite writers came out with a terrific book entitled What Should I Do with My Life?  that explored how best to take advantage of the many, often involuntary...

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