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January 4, 2009  10:03 PM

The New Year Is Here, So Be It Resolved That…



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

A list of New Year's resolutions for those who work in IT, and are seeking to improve upon or build their careers might include the following:

  • Identify at least two new tools or technologies relevant to your job, and start to learn more about them. If you can obtain trial versions or...

December 29, 2008  5:02 PM

Gearing Up for Annual Reviews



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Annual employee review, Career planning, Interpersonal skills, IT careers, job seeking skills, soft skills, Work background

While not all companies' review cycles follow the calendar closely, there's something about saying goodbye to an old year, while getting ready for a new one that leads people to think about where they've been and what they've done on the job, as well as where they're going (or would like to go) and...


December 26, 2008  2:51 PM

And now, a word from/for my sponsors…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, Interpersonal skills, IT careers, ITKE grandparent, Personal development, soft skills, Work background, work/life balance

It's too easy to get caught up in the working side of life, and to let it overpower other equally important parts. Perhaps because I have tendencies in that direction, I often find myself thinking about how all the different parts of life fit together, particularly work and family life, as the...


December 24, 2008  4:01 PM

More on Entry-Level Certs from the Trenches



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, Career planning, CCIE, CCNA, CCNP, continuing education, IT careers, IT certification, job seeking skills

I play pool two nights a week on leagues that belong to the American Poolplayers Association (APA). My Thursday night 9-ball team is composed primarily of people who work in IT. Of the seven people on the team, one is a paralegal, another a hairdresser, and the other five work for Dell (1),...


December 22, 2008  5:02 PM

Check Out GoCertify.com



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, GoCertify.com, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification study tips, Work background

My colleague and long-time certification industry expert, Anne Martinez, runs a very nice Web site called GoCertify.com. There's lots of interesting content there, not least of which is the information available through its


December 19, 2008  2:56 PM

Certification as a “Tie-Breaker”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, Career planning, continuing education, IT careers, IT certification, job seeking skills

Site Member Cruicer had this to say about my recent blog "Can Virtualization Certs Get Real?"

Certs are good, but until the Microsoft’s and the VMware’s testing centers put...


December 17, 2008  3:49 PM

More on Virtualization



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

Interestingly, my latest blog entitled "Can Virtualization Certs Get Real?" has prompted a flurry of e-mail into my inbox. I'm seeing IT professionals weigh in more or less evenly on both pro (8) and...


December 14, 2008  8:58 PM

Can Virtualization Certs Get Real?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

As the former series editor for Exam Cram, I still get new titles from that series in the mail from its publisher, Que/Pearson Education. On Friday, the VCP/VMWare Certified Professsional Exam Cram by Eliaz N. Khnaser (Que, 2008, ISBN-13: 978-0789738059) showed up at my doorstep....


December 12, 2008  5:38 PM

By the Numbers: MS Posts Latest Cert Tallies



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

No less often than once a quarter, and sometimes as often as once a month, Microsoft updates its "Number of Microsoft Certified Professionals Worldwide" page. The last update occurred at the beginning of December (12/1/2008), the...


December 10, 2008  5:13 PM

Add Experience By Volunteering



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

In an article entitled "Beef up your resume by doing volunteer IT work" that dates back to January of 2000, Jeff Davis makes the very interesting point that on-the-job experience is an important leavening agent for...


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