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December 22, 2009  2:41 PM

A real-live “snowball effect”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
dealing with disaster, disaster recovery, IT career planning, IT careers, long hours and hard work equals a return to normal

Those of you who follow this blog know that I was in the DC area last week to attend my Mom's interment ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery (to read my eulogy from same, see my blog "You...

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December 13, 2009  4:16 PM

Career Refresh for 2010



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, New Year's career refresh, tips to boost your IT career

OK. Here we go: a new year is coming, and with that always comes the opportunity for a fresh (re)start. That means it's time to think about where you find yourself right now, versus where you'd thought you'd be (or where you'd like to be, if you're less than ecstatic about your present situation)....


December 11, 2009  3:49 PM

Ready or not, here comes 2010!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 IT employment situation, 2010 IT employment situation, IT career planning, IT careers

At the end of the year, it's traditional to look back at what's happened and to wonder about what's coming next. For those toiling in IT — or wishing they were doing so — it's only natural to think about the job situation and prospects, so that's where I'm going in this blog. 2009: A...


December 9, 2009  6:31 PM

Another Virtualization Cert Appears: This One’s From Red Hat



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, IT career planning, IT careers, Red Hat certification, Red Hat EX319 virtualization certification, virtualization certification

In late November, enterprise Linux vendor Red Hat introduced its Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator credential (EX318). This adds a new player to the roster of...


December 6, 2009  3:30 PM

“A good trend isn’t good enough”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment situation, IT employment still waiting for a boost, November 2009 IT employment situation, Obama address for 12/5/2009

The title of today's blog comes from President Obama's reaction to Friday's November Employment Situation numbers in his regular Saturday address to the American people dated 12/5/2009....


December 4, 2009  5:45 PM

November Employment Situation Finally Shows Some Positive Signs



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment, IT employment trends, November 2009 Employment Situation Summary

It's the first Friday of the month, and as usual, that means the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has posted its Employment Situation Summary for the preceding month (November 2009, in this case). And finally, finally,...


December 2, 2009  3:58 PM

The Economist Sees IT Up in 2010



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT picture for 2010, IT spending forecasts for 2010, The Economist: The World in 2010

I've been a subscriber to the British news magazine The Economist since the early 1990s. Every year in late November they release a special publication called "The World in XXXX" where XXXX is the numerical designation for the...


November 29, 2009  10:31 PM

The Year In Review, A Plan for the New



Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 personal review, 2010 career planning, IT career planning, IT careers

As I mentioned in my last blog, with the end of the year now plainly in sight, it's time to take stock of what 2009 has brought (and taken away, alas, for many of us). It's also time to start thinking about what 2010 might have in store, and planning to make the most of such opportunities as may...


November 25, 2009  5:41 PM

The Holiday Season Is Here: Time for Planning & Reflection



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT training and coursework, pondering another degree, project and people management opens doors to career advancement, working on soft skills

Wow! How this year has zoomed past. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and like me, I'm sure a lot of you have the same kinds of plans for that day: a house full of people, lots of food, good conversation, and the occasional ball game. But as the holiday season winds up, remember that a new year lies just...


November 23, 2009  5:30 PM

Light at the End of the Tunnel on IT Employment?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT 2010 employment outlook, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment outlook, SMB to lead job creation and economic recovery in 2010

In last week's blog about the Hackett Group's take on IT employment, I may have focused too much on the negatives and not enough on the positives. With 2009 nearly...


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