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May 27, 2009  3:58 PM

Who’s Laying Off Right Now?



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

To try to get a sense of who's still letting people go in IT, I turned to the Employment Spectator's IT news items and to an old favorite, the

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May 26, 2009  4:09 PM

Tough Time For Recent Grads



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, community college programs, continuing education, IT career planning, IT certification, vocational high school programs

This morning's NPR news coverage included a Larry Abramson story entitled "Job Training Makes Difference for High School Grads." His basic point was that if the job market is tough in general for all...


May 26, 2009  3:49 PM

CollegeRecruiter Lists Entry-level Jobs and Internships



Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 IT job market, entry-level IT job search, IT career planning, IT careers, IT intership search, IT job search

What with the semester near its end and the summer drawing on, young people's thoughts turn to employment. The CollegeRecruiter.com Web site has compiled a nice press release (dated 4/7/09) entitled "

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May 24, 2009  5:51 PM

The Slide Is Slowing, But Which Way Is Up?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 IT job market, coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT employment, May 2009 IT employment

Recent jobless claims continue to flatten out, but at 8.9% overall, unemployment is still on the high side for the US from a historical perspective (the last time we experienced such rates was in the 1980s, in fact). This creates an interesting situation, in which everybody — including me — is...


May 22, 2009  4:11 PM

Does IT Certification or Training Make a Difference?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT training

One question that comes up all the time in reader e-mail and interaction, and in my "Ask the Expert" dialogs, is the one that entitles today's blog. Actually, this has been on a lot of people's minds lately--as a quick perusal of my earlier postings here and elsewhere will ascertain, and as many...


May 20, 2009  7:07 PM

IT Certs on a Song…or a Shoestring



Posted by: Ed Tittel
budget IT cert preparation, IT career planning, IT certification, IT certification prep, IT certification study tips

My favorite recipe for preparing for an IT certification goes something like this: 1. Purchase one (or at most two) big fat study guides on your exam topic (I often call these books "doorstops" for a very good reason). Usual cost: $50 a pop, cheaper if you can buy used via Amazon, HalfPrice, and...


May 14, 2009  5:05 PM

Win 7 Beta Exam Item (Almost) Escapes My Notice



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Configuring, Exam 70-680 beta, Exam 71-680, IT career development, IT career planning, IT certification, Microsoft Certification, MS certification, TS Windows 7

Thanks to Emmett Dulaney at CertCities.com, I read this morning that MS has exam 71-680: Configuring Windows 7 in beta from May 5 until May 18 (this coming...


May 11, 2009  5:21 PM

MS Certification Profusion Leads to Confusion?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MC Master, MCITP, MCP, MCSE, MCTS, Microsoft Architect, MS certification

In the latest round of articles posted at one of my favorite IT Certification Websites, GoCertify.com, guest author and full-time trainer Brian Nelson raises some interesting issues about the latest...


May 9, 2009  2:37 PM

Good news/bad news on unemployment



Posted by: Ed Tittel
BLS April 2009 situation summary, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment, IT employment trends, IT unemployment figures, US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Yesterday's unemployment figures from the BLS and the most recent unemployment claims numbers tell a "good news/bad news" story about the job market. Actually it's really more of a "bad news/good news" tale, because the bad news is that unemployment has hit a 26-year high of 8.9 percent (the last...


May 6, 2009  1:52 PM

Bite Into These Free Windows 7 “Learning Snacks”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, free Windows 7 learning/training, IT careeer planning, IT careers, Microsoft Learning, Microsoft Learning Snacks

As I cruised through the MS Learning site this mornign, I noticed a promo teaser for Windows 7 training. Clicking on their "You be the expert" link, I found myself on a page that included a heading that reads...


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