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December 29, 2008  5:02 PM

Gearing Up for Annual Reviews



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Annual employee review, Career planning, Interpersonal skills, IT careers, job seeking skills, soft skills, Work background

While not all companies' review cycles follow the calendar closely, there's something about saying goodbye to an old year, while getting ready for a new one that leads people to think about where they've been and what they've done on the job, as well as where they're going (or would like to go) and...

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 22, 2008  5:02 PM

Check Out GoCertify.com



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, GoCertify.com, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification study tips, Work background

My colleague and long-time certification industry expert, Anne Martinez, runs a very nice Web site called GoCertify.com. There's lots of interesting content there, not least of which is the information available through its


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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December 5, 2008  4:32 PM

Looking for IT Work Over the Holidays



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, Interpersonal skills, IT careers, job seeking skills, part-time IT work, resume writing, social networking, soft skills, Work background

Given the state of the economy and a rising unemployment level, I'm sure there are plenty of IT professionals out of work and looking, as well as those who are working and just thinking about making a change. I can't do anything to address the urgency of the search for those currently unemployed,...


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 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 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...


October 15, 2008  7:39 PM

Prepping for Cert Exams



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, CertCities.com, Emmett Dulaney, IT careers, IT certification study tips, job seeking skills, soft skills, Will Harper, Work background

You know that old saying: "You can never be too rich, or too thin?" Well, I think a variation on that theme applies to preparing for certification exams: "You can never be too prepared, or too ready!" To that end, I've compiled a bunch of advice on preparing for exams that readers may find...


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