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February 26, 2010  4:59 PM

When Things Go Sideways, Hunker Down!

Posted by: Ed Tittel
2010 IT employment sitution, hanging on in a sideways IT economy, IT career planning, IT careers

I play pool twice a week, and am a proud, card-carrying member of the American Poolplayer's Association. This organization operates pool leagues all over the US, and uses a reasonably accurate handicapping system to permit players of all skill levels to compete against one another with some chance...

February 17, 2010  4:09 PM

Another MS Study Option: “Career Packages”

Posted by: Ed Tittel
free software with Win7-WinSrv08 R2-SQL Srv08 R2 training, IT career development, IT careers, Microsoft Career Package offer

Those IT professionals seeking advancement, or aspiring IT workers seeking positions, may want to check out an interesting combination package available (for some time now) from Microsoft. It's called a "Career Package" and includes coverage of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, with SW Server...

February 9, 2010  2:09 PM

Up, Down and Sideways: IT Employment in 2010

Posted by: Ed Tittel
February 2010 employment situation, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment situation

My return from Belgium, and back to work in my home office, coincides nearly exactly with the latest employment situation summary for February, 2010. Although the numbers reported include an...

January 13, 2010  10:25 PM

CompTIA Certs Finally Get an Expiration Date

Posted by: Ed Tittel
CompTIA A+, CompTIA certification, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, leading CompTIA certs finally gain renewal/maintenance requirements

In a press release entitled "CompTIA Announces Plan to Help IT Professionals Keep Skills Up-To-Date" dated 1/11/2010, CompTIA finally backed...

January 11, 2010  11:37 PM

MS Puts Students on the Cert/Career Path

Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult and continuing education, IT career planning, IT careers, IT job role descriptions for students, MS exam discounts for students, MS free software for students, MS Student Career Portal

My contact at Microsoft, Andrea Dyal, sent me a nice e-mail last week to remind me about the Microsoft Student Career Portal, which combines information about career planning, job roles, and exam and training discounts to incite, or perhaps entice, students to go "the Microsoft way" toward an IT...

January 8, 2010  6:20 PM

December Job Number: Raylet of Sunshine for IT

Posted by: Ed Tittel
December 2009 employment situation, IT career planning, IT careers, IT shows slight jobs outlook improvement

As I mentioned in Wednesday's blog "Jobs Outlook Picking Up, But..." we're starting to see some glimmers of economic improvement in various places, and...

January 4, 2010  3:37 PM

Building certs into job descriptions

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, job requirements for IT certification, MS certs relevant to job search and job skill development

I'm working for a global chemical concern as a consultant right now, as part of an IT insourcing project they're undertaking. I've been hired to help them acquire, train, and equip their staff with the tools, documentation, and information they'll need to run IT operations. As a small but...

December 28, 2009  6:36 PM

About Licensing Infosec Professionals

Posted by: Ed Tittel
information security certification, IT career planning, IT careers, mandating infosec credentials

There's been ongoing discussion in Congress about licensure for IT security professionals, with even some mention of making licensing mandatory for those who seek to work in this area. It's even possible to argue that DoD 8570 does this...

December 25, 2009  3:28 PM

Merry Christmas, Everybody

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT Career Christmas 2009, IT career planning, IT careers

This isn't a real blog post. Rather, it's a quickie digital Christmas card from me and my family to you and yours. Let me briefly extend the best wishes of the season to one and all, with hopes that everybody has their wishes fulfilled, and at least one pleasant surprise to digest. This goes double...

December 23, 2009  7:42 PM

One Key to Certification Interest Levels

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Amazon sales rankings for books to indicate certification interest, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification

In a recent article at CertCities, long-time certification maven Emmett Dulaney makes the observation that Amazon sales rankings for certification-related books provide an accurate if also volatile cue toward the most popular certifications at any given moment. The story is entitled "

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