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August 27, 2008  2:17 PM

7 Questions for Highly Effective Career or Certification Advice

Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career planning, CCNA, IT careers, Network+, Work background

When people ask me for career advice, especially as it touches on IT certification, their questions often cut straight to the subject of interest as in "If I earn a A+, Network+, and a CCNA can I get a good job?" Alas, I really can't provide meaningful answers to such questions without a fair...

August 25, 2008  2:44 PM

Despite the cautions, and the evidence, hopes remain unfounded and unbounded

Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career planning, CCNA, IT careers, IT certification, Network+

This morning I found a message in my inbox from one of the readers of these blogs. I will paraphrase its contents as follows: "I am interested in a career in networking. I am taking A+ classes, after which I plan to earn Network+ and then the CCNA. Please tell me I am on the right track: although I...

August 18, 2008  3:23 PM

Understanding what drives IT salaries

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, CCNA, IT careers, IT certification, IT salaries, MCSE

On the IT Knowledge Exchange, I recently fielded the following question "What is the basic salary given to a starting network employee with CCNA and MCSE...

August 15, 2008  3:08 PM

Calculating Certification ROI

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, CCIE, CCNA, IT careers, IT certification

Enough readers have commented on pros, cons, and costs of certification that I wanted to throw a calculation tool into the hopper. Whenever you consider spending time, effort, and money on career development or enhancement it's a really good idea to use standard "return on investment" techniques to...

August 13, 2008  3:00 PM

Why Entry-Level Certs Aren’t Enough to Get You a Job

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, CISSP, IT careers, IT certification, MCP, SAP consulting certification, Security+, Work background

Pick a popular entry-level IT certification, I don't care which one: MCP (Microsoft single-exam credential, Microsoft Certified Professional), any major CompTIA cert (A+, Network+, Security+,...), CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), and so forth. For each of these items, and others I don't...

August 8, 2008  8:51 PM

Just say “Yes!” to JumpStart!

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification

Thanks to the email link in my blogs, and through my profile, I've received quite a bit more email from "interested parties" for my first couple of blogs than I ever expected. Therefore, let me continue with my thanks to those of you who took the time to respond to my postings and to share your...

August 6, 2008  3:38 PM

Degree versus Certification

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Security, Work background

One of the questions I get asked most frequently might best be stated as "Which is better from a career development perspective, a college degree or certification?" Though in some cases, employers may be more inclined to favor a degree over a certification (especially for entry-level positions...

August 4, 2008  8:22 PM

Need to boost your IT career?

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

Hello! My name is Ed Tittel and I've been commenting on, writing about, and answering questions on IT career issues for TechTarget since 1999 (learn more about me on my bio page at www.edtittel.dom). My goal in this blog is to provide information, advice, and hopefully also some insight about...

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