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January 7, 2009  2:26 PM

When Certifications Retire, What Happens Next?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification lifecycle, job seeking skills, resume writing, retired IT certifications

I recently ran across an interested article by Lynn Haber at ITCareerPlanet entitled "When IT Certifications Retire." It got me to thinking about what IT professionals can and should do to keep their knowledge, skills, and credentials...

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 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 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 5, 2008  4:32 PM

Looking for IT Work Over the Holidays



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, Interpersonal skills, IT careers, job seeking skills, part-time IT work, resume writing, social networking, soft skills, Work background

Given the state of the economy and a rising unemployment level, I'm sure there are plenty of IT professionals out of work and looking, as well as those who are working and just thinking about making a change. I can't do anything to address the urgency of the search for those currently unemployed,...


November 18, 2008  1:17 PM

Write a Better Resume



Posted by: Ed Tittel
business writing, Career development, Career planning, IT careers, job seeking skills, resume writing, soft skills, Work background

I've gottne lots of email in response to two recent postings: Pros and Cons of Resume Posting Sites and


November 10, 2008  8:18 PM

And now, a word from the “Brazen Careerist”



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

OK, so I'm wriiting an IT career development and enhancement blog. I hope that means it makes sense for me to turn to other career blogs from time to time, for information, advice, and even a good laugh. Those of you who've been reading this blog since it kicked off in mid-August 08, already know...


November 7, 2008  9:26 PM

Pros and Cons of Resume Posting Sites



Posted by: Ed Tittel
business writing, Career development, Career planning, IT careers, job seeking skills, resume writing, soft skills, Work background

If you've looked for a job, or even just thought about looking for a job recently, you've probably visited one or more of the resume posting sites on the Web. A large number of such operations exist, at the same time that more and more companies are using similar technology to field direct...


November 5, 2008  4:20 PM

Looking for Work? Thinking about it? Try Linked-In…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, Interpersonal skills, IT careers, job seeking skills, LinkedIn.com, soft skills

For those not already plugged into the Linked-In business networking Website, it's definitely worth checking out. Here, you can post a personal profile, document your work history, describe your interests, and build a professional network of peers, colleagues,...


October 28, 2008  10:55 AM

Looking for Job Search Info: Try These “Ace IT” Books!



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

I had the good fortune to be recruited by the author of these Two "ACE IT" books from Osborne/McGraw-Hill, and worked with Paula Moreira from 2000-2003. Here are their citations, after which I explain their value propositions and point you at Paula's supporting Web site. All are good resources for...


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