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September 4, 2009  3:32 PM

September 09 Employment Situation

Posted by: Ed Tittel
August 09 employment situation, August 2009 employment situation, IT career planning, IT job search, US BLS, US Bureau of Labor Statistics

This morning the US Bureau of Labor Statistics released the employment numbers for August, 2009. These numbers aren't especially good: they reversed the modest trend from June and July during which time the unemployment...

August 28, 2009  3:20 PM

Does Age Matter When Seeking Employment? Sure, but…

Posted by: Ed Tittel
age discrimination in IT job search, ageism in IT job search, importance of flexibility in job search, important of current skills and knowledge in job search, IT career planning, IT careers, IT job search, job search for over-50 workers, relationship between age and pay

As a baby boomer myself, I can't help but be sensitive to continuing reports or complaints about age discrimination for job seekers over 50. But in talking to technical recruiters and reading recent reports on boomer job search and unemployment woes, I'm not completely convinced that a...

August 27, 2009  8:19 PM

Don’t forget that certs have perks…use ‘em!

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification benefits

In her own most recent blog on August 24 entitled "Remember to grab those certification perks," fellow certification maven Anne Martinez of offers some good advice about...

August 24, 2009  1:04 PM

An Old Concept Keeps Its Legs

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Exam Cram book series, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Mike Harwood Network+ Exam Cram

Dear Readers: After seeing Emmett Dulaney's latest selections for "Books of the Week" in his latest Certs Column, I sent him the following e-mail:

Dear Emmett: When I...

August 19, 2009  9:27 PM

Performance-based MS exams take an 83 prefix

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Exam 70-640 is really 83-640, IT careers, IT certification, MS certification, MS Exam 83-640, MS performance based exams, new MS exam prefix

Call it the end of an era, or perhaps the start of a brave new world. Others who, like myself, have gone looking for MS Exam 70-640 (TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring) probably also walked away scratching their heads when they couldn't find hide nor hair of this exam. A blog...

August 17, 2009  1:25 PM

Do’s and Don’ts On the IT Job Hunt

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, job search advice, resume writing advice

Once again, Esther Shein at IT Career Planet has struck gold in a recent story on the IT job front, as she did in April with her Social Networking story (about which I blogged on April 13 right...

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August 14, 2009  11:58 AM

Good Advice On Striking Out on Your Own

Posted by: Ed Tittel, Gerald Weinberg, independent consulting, IT career planning, IT careers, IT consulting

When I was a kid, lots of people smoked and thus, matches were everywhere, and matchbook covers provided the informational equivalent of cereal box copy in a slightly different venue and often in a very different vein. Of course, that was quite a while ago (I celebrated my 57th birthday last...

August 10, 2009  4:00 PM

The Economist Echoes July 09 Job Situation Conclusions

Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 mild recovery, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment situation, IT employment situation in Europe

One my favorite and most trusted news sources, in addition to NPR, is the British weekly news magazine known as The Economist. I've been a subscriber since the early 1990s, and have never had much cause to regret the $100-plus it costs me to get it delivered to my mailbox 51 weeks a year....

August 6, 2009  4:07 PM

Help Desk Institute and MS Team Up for Win7 Cert

Posted by: Ed Tittel
HDI-DST exam, HDI-SCA exam, Help Desk Institute certification, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP:EDST7, Microsoft Certification, MS Exam 70-680, MS Exam 70-685

Microsoft and the Help Desk Institute (HDI) have teamed up to define a new IT professional credential on Windows 7. It's called the MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7 aka MCITP: EDST7 and adds a requirement to pass one of two HDI hardware exams to the base level MCITP . The base...

August 3, 2009  1:10 PM

After You Get Certified, the Real Work Begins

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT careers, IT certification, making IT certification pay, soft skills development

In reading over an interesting story by Lynn Lawton (international president of ISACA and the IT Governance Institute) at Certification Magazine entitled "I'm Certified...Now What?" I was reminded that while earning an IT certification does have...

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