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August 24, 2009  1:04 PM

An Old Concept Keeps Its Legs

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Exam Cram book series, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Mike Harwood Network+ Exam Cram

Dear Readers: After seeing Emmett Dulaney's latest selections for "Books of the Week" in his latest Certs Column, I sent him the following e-mail:

Dear Emmett: When I...

August 17, 2009  1:25 PM

Do’s and Don’ts On the IT Job Hunt

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, job search advice, resume writing advice

Once again, Esther Shein at IT Career Planet has struck gold in a recent story on the IT job front, as she did in April with her Social Networking story (about which I blogged on April 13 right...

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August 14, 2009  11:58 AM

Good Advice On Striking Out on Your Own

Posted by: Ed Tittel, Gerald Weinberg, independent consulting, IT career planning, IT careers, IT consulting

When I was a kid, lots of people smoked and thus, matches were everywhere, and matchbook covers provided the informational equivalent of cereal box copy in a slightly different venue and often in a very different vein. Of course, that was quite a while ago (I celebrated my 57th birthday last...

August 10, 2009  4:00 PM

The Economist Echoes July 09 Job Situation Conclusions

Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 mild recovery, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment situation, IT employment situation in Europe

One my favorite and most trusted news sources, in addition to NPR, is the British weekly news magazine known as The Economist. I've been a subscriber since the early 1990s, and have never had much cause to regret the $100-plus it costs me to get it delivered to my mailbox 51 weeks a year....

August 6, 2009  4:07 PM

Help Desk Institute and MS Team Up for Win7 Cert

Posted by: Ed Tittel
HDI-DST exam, HDI-SCA exam, Help Desk Institute certification, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP:EDST7, Microsoft Certification, MS Exam 70-680, MS Exam 70-685

Microsoft and the Help Desk Institute (HDI) have teamed up to define a new IT professional credential on Windows 7. It's called the MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7 aka MCITP: EDST7 and adds a requirement to pass one of two HDI hardware exams to the base level MCITP . The base...

August 3, 2009  1:10 PM

After You Get Certified, the Real Work Begins

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT careers, IT certification, making IT certification pay, soft skills development

In reading over an interesting story by Lynn Lawton (international president of ISACA and the IT Governance Institute) at Certification Magazine entitled "I'm Certified...Now What?" I was reminded that while earning an IT certification does have...

July 27, 2009  3:11 PM

Interesting Blog/Discussion on Windows Vista

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Dell Windows XP migration recommendations, enterprise Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP migration recommendations, migrating from Windows XP to Vista, migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, US Air Force adoption of Windows Vista, windows enterprise desktop migration

I'm a long-time reader of Mary-Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" blog on ZDNet. One of her recent postings (7/23/2009) is entitled "The Scarlet V: What's a Vista business user to do?" addresses some issues about migrating to...

July 27, 2009  2:52 PM

About Oracle’s Hands-on Cert Training Requirements

Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education,, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, mandatory Oracle training, Oracle certification

Anybody who reads this blog regularly already knows that Anne Martinez' Web site is a favorite go-to resource for me when I'm researching information about the certification marketplace and its various programs and offerings....

July 24, 2009  1:52 PM

Final MCP Exam Voucher winner: Flavio B from Brazil

Posted by: Ed Tittel
COBIT, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, ITIL, MCITP, MCP exam voucher contest

Flavio B (who lays claim to an impressive number of middle names as well) does very well with his English, despite being a non-native speaker. I did a little bit of editing on his responses, most to clarify, correct minor spelling and grammatical errors, and to clarify a few points somewhat. I hope...

July 23, 2009  3:14 AM

MCP Exam Voucher Winner John C.

Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, adult education, CCNA, continuing education, CTT+, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCP+I, MCSE, MCTS

John C, Virgina Beach, VA 1. What do you currently do for a living? I am a Systems Engineer and work with databases – primarily SQL Server but some Oracle. I started on SQL Server version 6.5 and have tested on all versions since then. This has been my work for the last ten years. Prior to...

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