IT Career JumpStart:

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December 26, 2008  2:51 PM

And now, a word from/for my sponsors…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, Interpersonal skills, IT careers, ITKE grandparent, Personal development, soft skills, Work background, work/life balance

It's too easy to get caught up in the working side of life, and to let it overpower other equally important parts. Perhaps because I have tendencies in that direction, I often find myself thinking about how all the different parts of life fit together, particularly work and family life, as the...

December 10, 2008  4:48 PM

How about Networking Certs? Try this survey…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Personal development, Work background

The very nice folks at SearchNetworking.com get my partner, Kim Lindros, and I to update a list of network certification for them on an an annual basis. The latest incarnation is called the "Networking...

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November 19, 2008  5:01 PM

The Human Side of IT: Softly Practice the Softest of Skills



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, Interpersonal skills, IT careers, Personal development, soft skills, Work background

As I try to broaden my personal horizons and learn how to be a better IT worker myself--so as to be better equipped to dispense advice to others--I've learned that this means I need to work on my people skills as and when opportunities present. Luckily for me, I've got a nearly five-year-old son,...


October 24, 2008  9:07 PM

Position Yourself Positively, But Don’t Overdo It…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, Interpersonal skills, IT careers, job seeking skills, Personal development, soft skills

One topic of discussion I see all the time might be baldly stated as "How can I present myself to prospective employers as positively as possible without getting into trouble or promising more than I can deliver?" Besides the obvious answers--namely, "Steer clear of trouble," and "Don't claim...


October 1, 2008  9:14 PM

Give Yourself an Annual (Career) Review



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, job seeking skills, Personal development, soft skills, Work background

With the end of 2008 now less than three months off, and 2009 chugging resolutely into view on the horizon, it's time to lift your eyes from the day-to-day near horizon of workaday life, and look a bit further out at the bigger career picture. This means asking questions such as:

  • How...


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