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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,...

November 3, 2008  6:15 PM

Microsoft’s First Foray into Performance Based Testing Extended Again



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT certification, MCTS, Microsoft Windows

Anybody who's followed the IT certification game for any length of time is aware of two basic types of tests used to assess candidate skills and knowledge: static, question-and-answer testing and dynamic, performance-based testing. For the former, you sit down in front of a screen or face a piece...


October 30, 2008  3:01 PM

More on upcoming MS Certified Master topics



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers, IT certification, Microsoft Certified Master

In a recent blog entitled "What about the Microsoft Certified Master credentials" I reported that Per Farny, Director of Advanced Training and Certification at Microsoft had...


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...


October 24, 2008  9:20 PM

Don’t forget: please answer the “7 Questions” when you ask for advice!



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

On August 27, I posted a blog entitled "7 Questions for Highly Effective Career Advice." In posting this piece, my goal was to arm readers and would be advice-seekers with...


October 24, 2008  9:07 PM

Position Yourself Positively, But Don’t Overdo It…



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

One topic of discussion I see all the time might be baldly stated as "How can I present myself to prospective employers as positively as possible without getting into trouble or promising more than I can deliver?" Besides the obvious answers--namely, "Steer clear of trouble," and "Don't claim...


October 15, 2008  7:39 PM

Prepping for Cert Exams



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, CertCities.com, Emmett Dulaney, IT careers, IT certification study tips, job seeking skills, soft skills, Will Harper, Work background

You know that old saying: "You can never be too rich, or too thin?" Well, I think a variation on that theme applies to preparing for certification exams: "You can never be too prepared, or too ready!" To that end, I've compiled a bunch of advice on preparing for exams that readers may find...


October 13, 2008  2:52 PM

If at first you don’t succeed, try again!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification study tips, Microsoft Second Shot, soft skills

Microsoft Learning has been running its Second Shot program on and off since the late 90's. It works like this:

  • You


October 9, 2008  8:24 PM

Check the “Beta Exam Announcements” Blog for MS Beta Exam Info



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification study tips, Microsoft Windows

Not 'By Invitation Only' Any More! Normally, you have to hold a Microsoft certification of some kind and your e-mail address has to make its way onto a beta exam invitation list before you become eligible to take a beta certification exam. The invitation e-mail has long been the...


October 8, 2008  5:40 PM

What about the Microsoft Certified Master credentials?



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

In June, 2008, at Tech-Ed in Orlando, Microsoft announced a new high-level certification program to attendees and the rest of the world. As the name is intended to convey, the new Master credentials are intended...


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