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November 28, 2008  4:17 PM

Black Friday Could Be “the Bomb” for Home/Personal Computing



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers, personal computing deals, soft skills, tech shoipping, Work background

Hey Readers! If you've been putting off a purchase of a new notebook or desktop PC, or other computing gear for home or personal use, TODAY might be the day to raid the exchequer and plunk down some of that hard-earned cash on gizmos, gadgets, or gear. In researching and contributing to an...

November 26, 2008  5:00 PM

Nice Plug from a Nice Blog(ger)



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, Career planning, college & university, community college, continuing education, higher education, IT careers, IT certification, soft skills, Virews from the PIT

I hope those of you who dig into blogs on TechTarget's IT Knowledge Exchange take the time to explore the many other offerings available through this excellent information exchange and public forum. In case you haven't checked out Suzanne Wheeler's "


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,...


November 18, 2008  1:17 PM

Write a Better Resume



Posted by: Ed Tittel
business writing, Career development, Career planning, IT careers, job seeking skills, resume writing, soft skills, Work background

I've gottne lots of email in response to two recent postings: Pros and Cons of Resume Posting Sites and


November 10, 2008  8:18 PM

And now, a word from the “Brazen Careerist”



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

OK, so I'm wriiting an IT career development and enhancement blog. I hope that means it makes sense for me to turn to other career blogs from time to time, for information, advice, and even a good laugh. Those of you who've been reading this blog since it kicked off in mid-August 08, already know...


November 7, 2008  9:26 PM

Pros and Cons of Resume Posting Sites



Posted by: Ed Tittel
business writing, Career development, Career planning, IT careers, job seeking skills, resume writing, soft skills, Work background

If you've looked for a job, or even just thought about looking for a job recently, you've probably visited one or more of the resume posting sites on the Web. A large number of such operations exist, at the same time that more and more companies are using similar technology to field direct...


November 5, 2008  4:20 PM

Looking for Work? Thinking about it? Try Linked-In…



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

For those not already plugged into the Linked-In business networking Website, it's definitely worth checking out. Here, you can post a personal profile, document your work history, describe your interests, and build a professional network of peers, colleagues,...


October 28, 2008  10:55 AM

Looking for Job Search Info: Try These “Ace IT” Books!



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

I had the good fortune to be recruited by the author of these Two "ACE IT" books from Osborne/McGraw-Hill, and worked with Paula Moreira from 2000-2003. Here are their citations, after which I explain their value propositions and point you at Paula's supporting Web site. All are good resources for...


October 24, 2008  9:20 PM

Don’t forget: please answer the “7 Questions” when you ask for advice!



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

On August 27, I posted a blog entitled "7 Questions for Highly Effective Career Advice." In posting this piece, my goal was to arm readers and would be advice-seekers with...


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...


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