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Oct 28 2008   10:55AM GMT

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

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

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 those dealing with job interviews and applications, including resumes, cover letters, interview techniques, and lots more:

Ace the IT Resume

Paula Moreira: ACE the IT Resume, 2e, Osborne/McGraw-Hill, June 22, 2007, ISBN-13: 978-0071492744. Lots of good advice on how to put a resume and cover letter together is helpful, but lots of good examples of both kinds of documents is better still. $16.49 at Amazon.

Ace the IT Interview

Paula Moreira: ACE the IT Job Interview, 2e, Osborne/McGraw-Hill, December 11, 2007, ISBN-13: 978-0071495783. Sure you’ll find basic interview skills practice and information here: what to wear, how to present yourself, things to do (and avoid) in the interview and so forth. But what really gives this recently updated book its value is a battery of questons interviewees are likely to encounter during the interview, for all kinds of IT positions. Literally everything from database administrator, to desktop support technician, to various helpdesk roles, IT management, network administration and engineering is covered, along with programming, project management, security and Web-oriented positions. The second edition adds coverage for trendy IT positions including various architect and business analyst roles as well. Definitely worth the price of admission (also $16.49 at Amazon).

Paula and her husband both still work in IT, so she’s got the “feet on the street” perspective as well as nearly 20 years of industry experience to back herself up. I recommend these books highly, as I also do her Web site at, where you’ll find her blog, and lots of current and ongong coverage of the topics that make these books both interesting and valuable. Check ’em out!


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  • Suzanne Wheeler
    Thanks for the great resources, Ed! How do you feel about the visual CV concept for IT pros? The capstone for my CMBA requires one and I'm currently using [A href=""][/A] because it's free. There is a portfolio element that gives the freedom to present successful projects and accomplishments in detail. I've always associated portfolios with my graphic design friends, not computer geeks like me.
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  • Ed Tittel
    Dear Suzmonster: I'd never heard of nor seen such a beast before your posting, but having now taken a cursory look I see no reason not to use such technology to help put a best foot forward. Certainly, it shows interesting hustle and initiative in putting a video CV together (that's an abbreviation for "Curriculum Vitae" or more simply "vita" for those not already in the know, which is Latin for "a running life" or perhaps better "a running history of (my) life". The actual definition is a "written description of your work experience, educational background, and skill" []). Well executed, I can't help but think it would also help you put a nice and effective technology foot forward, so to speak. I say " Do it!" Thanks, --Ed--
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