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April 17, 2009  3:51 PM

Random Cert News April, 09



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CCDE, IT career planning, IT careers, IT cert games, IT certification, MCPD, military vets retool for IT, solid state storage initiative

I've been trolling the IT certification spaces and have noticed a bunch of new stuff out there. In no particular order, here's what I'm seeing lately that may be of interest to some readers:

  • Cisco's progressing on the roll-out of its new expert level cert program, the Cisco Certified...

April 15, 2009  4:52 PM

IT Career Musings on Tax Day, 2009



Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 Tax day, IT career planning, IT careers, managing self-employment income, self-employment income

In prepping for filing my extension for my family's 1040, I always have to do the following:

  • add up how much I made last year: this involves pulling out all my 1099 forms and totting up the total amount. I just barely cracked into six figures for 2008.
  • dig up total payments...


April 13, 2009  3:36 PM

Social Networking Picks Up Job Search Mantle



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT job search, job search resources, job search skills, soft skills development

In her most recent (4/6/09) article, entitled "Social Networking Emerges as Job-Hunting Tool" regular ITCareerPlanet contributor Esther Schein, picks up and runs with an idea that's crossed my mind many times in the last year or so —...


April 10, 2009  6:54 PM

Game Your Way to (Cisco) Certification?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CCENT, Cisco Learning, Cisco Mind Share, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification prep materials, Learning@Cisco

Last Tuesday, April 7, SearchNetworking news writer Dan Morisy interviewed me for a story entitled "Cisco's Game Face:...

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April 8, 2009  4:37 PM

Check Out/Help Out with the TechCrunch Layoff Tracker



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment outlook, IT employment statistics, TechCrunch Layoff Tracker

Thanks to Don Sears excellent "Careers blog" at eWeek, I learned about the TechCrunch Layoff Tracker earlier this week. Here, I'd like to explain and describe it, then...


April 8, 2009  4:03 PM

Manpower Cuts IT Numbers for Q2’09



Posted by: Ed Tittel
information sector employment outlook, IT career outlook, IT career planning, IT employment outlook, Manpower job estimates, professional and business services employment outlook, Q2'09 employment outlook

By contrast with the recently published numbers from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Manpower, Inc. Employment Outlook Survey for the US...


April 3, 2009  3:33 PM

BLS Posts March 2009 Employment Situation Summary



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, employment situation, IT career development, IT career planning, IT employment outlook, March 2009 IT employment

The March 2009 numbers just came out this morning from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and are probably best summed up as "more of the same, only worse." Overall US unemployment jumped from 8.1% in February, up to 8.5% in...


April 1, 2009  4:55 PM

Texas: Another IT employment opportunity?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT careers, job skills development, relocation for IT employment, Texas IT employment situation

In looking over the labor numbers for my recent Washington DC blog, "Government Stimulus Comes Home to Roost?" I also observed that employment numbers were up in Houston and Dallas as of the end...


March 30, 2009  4:55 PM

Windows 7 Exams Are Coming!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
BDD, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCTS, MDOP, Microsoft Certification, MS Exam 70-680, MS Exam 70-685, MS Exam 70-686, WAIK

The "Born to Learn" blog from Microsoft Learning is proving to be an effective and useful source of advance information from MS. Call it a "source of planned leaks" and you wouldn't be at all out of line. Fortunately, MS Learning has been forthcoming and straightforward enough for this to be a...


March 27, 2009  5:22 PM

Government Stimulus Comes Home to Roost?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT job search, job seeking skills

According to the Washington Business Journal, the DC area was only one of four major metro areas in the US — including also Boston, Dallas, and Houston — to experience job growth in 2008. For...


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