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January 9, 2009  11:06 PM

Microsoft’s Take on Planning a Career in IT



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, IT careers, IT certification, Microsoft certifications, professional development

In my ceaseless trolling of the virtual byways and highways on the Internet, I keep digging up interesting sources of  IT career planning information. I can now cheerfully confess to needing a laugh rather badly today, having just elicited a few chuckles from this earnest and well-meaning...

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...


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 10, 2008  4:48 PM

How about Networking Certs? Try this survey…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Personal development, Work background

The very nice folks at SearchNetworking.com get my partner, Kim Lindros, and I to update a list of network certification for them on an an annual basis. The latest incarnation is called the "Networking...

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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,...


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