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September 23, 2009  2:48 PM

MS Plays Contrarian for “Careers of the Future”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MS certification, MS Chart Your Career program/promotion

In a recent MS PressPass posting entitled "Message to Students and IT Pros: Prepare Today for 'Careers of the Future'" Microsoft appears to be taking an interesting and contrarian slant on IT...

September 21, 2009  4:33 PM

10 Best Places for Tech Jobs



Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 employment situation, best high-tech job cities, IT career planning, IT careers, US News & World Reprot "10 Best Places for Tech Jobs"

On September 15, US News and World Report published a story whose title matches that for this blog: 10 Best Places for Tech Jobs. While some of them...


September 18, 2009  4:54 PM

More on Bernanke: It’s No Pleasure to Be Right



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with IT job loss, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment situation

In following up from my preceding post "Bernanke at Brookings," I've noticed that my reaction to his news about the technical end of the recession mirrors...


September 16, 2009  4:20 PM

Bernanke at Brookings: “Technically, it may very likely be over, but…”



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

The "it" in the title for this blog is the recession, and the but is a big one — namely, that unemployment will probably continue to rise into 2010, and will still probably exceed 10% overall. Brooking has graciously made a video of Bernanke's keynote, entitled "


September 14, 2009  4:30 PM

Retrospective on 2009 IT Jobs



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

In trying to understand current conditions, it's sometimes interesting to turn back the clock to see what was forecast for the period we're currently occupying. To that end, I found this 14-month old set of predictions from ComputerWorld (7/18/2008) pretty interesting "


September 9, 2009  11:52 AM

Evaluating A New Prospective Employer



Posted by: Ed Tittel
employer/company checklist, evaluating a prospective IT or technical employer, IT career planning, IT job hunting

Though times are tough, and jobs are tight in this era of recession and downsizing, new job opportunities do still pop up from time to time. But with the consequences of a bad choice even more negative than usual — as in "What happens if the new job doesn't work out?" with no place else to land...


September 8, 2009  1:20 PM

Dice Pinpoints Top 10 IT Skills



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT job search, Top IT job areas, Top IT job locales

In a survey conducted by Dice and reported in Windows IT Pro on August 13, you will find a list of the most difficult skill sets or positions to fill in today's IT job market. This list makes for interesting...


September 4, 2009  3:32 PM

September 09 Employment Situation



Posted by: Ed Tittel
August 09 employment situation, August 2009 employment situation, IT career planning, IT job search, US BLS, US Bureau of Labor Statistics

This morning the US Bureau of Labor Statistics released the employment numbers for August, 2009. These numbers aren't especially good: they reversed the modest trend from June and July during which time the unemployment...


August 28, 2009  3:20 PM

Does Age Matter When Seeking Employment? Sure, but…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
age discrimination in IT job search, ageism in IT job search, importance of flexibility in job search, important of current skills and knowledge in job search, IT career planning, IT careers, IT job search, job search for over-50 workers, relationship between age and pay

As a baby boomer myself, I can't help but be sensitive to continuing reports or complaints about age discrimination for job seekers over 50. But in talking to technical recruiters and reading recent reports on boomer job search and unemployment woes, I'm not completely convinced that a...


August 27, 2009  8:19 PM

Don’t forget that certs have perks…use ‘em!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification benefits

In her own most recent blog on August 24 entitled "Remember to grab those certification perks," fellow certification maven Anne Martinez of GoCertify.com offers some good advice about...


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