IT Career JumpStart:

January, 2010

January 20, 2010  8:30 PM

First a Hiatus, Then a Cutback

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Hello there! This is not a normal blog for me, nor will I count it as such. It's a news update from yours truly to let you know that I'm flying off to Belgium on Satuday, January 23, and that I won't be back until February 6, just in time for my son Gregory's sixth birthday. I'm also out of town...

January 15, 2010  6:41 PM

Digging into ITIL turns up potential career GOLD

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I'm about one month into a sizable consulting project for a Houston chemical company, helping them transition their IT operations from a third-party managed service provider into an in-house operation. As the company makes its transition from the old regime to a new one, it's also wisely taking...

January 13, 2010  10:25 PM

CompTIA Certs Finally Get an Expiration Date

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In a press release entitled "CompTIA Announces Plan to Help IT Professionals Keep Skills Up-To-Date" dated 1/11/2010, CompTIA finally backed...

January 11, 2010  11:37 PM

MS Puts Students on the Cert/Career Path

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My contact at Microsoft, Andrea Dyal, sent me a nice e-mail last week to remind me about the Microsoft Student Career Portal, which combines information about career planning, job roles, and exam and training discounts to incite, or perhaps entice, students to go "the Microsoft way" toward an IT...

January 8, 2010  6:20 PM

December Job Number: Raylet of Sunshine for IT

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As I mentioned in Wednesday's blog "Jobs Outlook Picking Up, But..." we're starting to see some glimmers of economic improvement in various places, and...

January 6, 2010  6:35 PM

Jobs Outlook Picking Up But Little Improvement on the Ground

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Recent analyst and magazine reports (Gartner and The Economist, among others) have started to see some improvements in basic market fundamentals, including manufacturing activity. As manufacturers start exhausting inventory and forecasting increased sales, they will usually depend on...

January 4, 2010  3:37 PM

Building certs into job descriptions

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I'm working for a global chemical concern as a consultant right now, as part of an IT insourcing project they're undertaking. I've been hired to help them acquire, train, and equip their staff with the tools, documentation, and information they'll need to run IT operations. As a small but...

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