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Four New Ways to Customize Your LinkedIn Profile

Customization and variety are key to making your LinkedIn profile stand out and get you recognized by recruiters. Check out these four new profile sections that do just that.

By Kristin Burnham – Wed, October 20, 2010

CIO — With more than 80 million registered users worldwide, making your profile stand out among LinkedIn’s crowd can be difficult. That’s why the professional social network has rolled out a number of features to help you get noticed: LinkedIn Apps give hiring managers a better peek into your work life; reordering your profile sections gives you more control over what you deem is important; and Company Follow gives you an inside look at companies’ business opportunities and job leads.

Now, LinkedIn has added an element to its site with a handful of new profile sections you can selectively add to your profile. Among those in the “Add Sections” part of LinkedIn are Publications, Languages, Skills and Certifications.

“These are most valuable for job seekers, passive candidates open to new opportunities, and consultants,” says Nathan Kievman, owner of the LinkedIn group Linked Strategies and host of weekly LinkedIn webinars. “Variety in a profile provides you the opportunity to stand out and showcase your talents that otherwise may not come up in everyday conversations, business dealings or interviews.”

Kievman also notes that LinkedIn is possibly rolling out these features to benefit recruiters. “It will provide more search results for recruiters to enhance their search for qualified clients. This is LinkedIn’s number-one revenue stream, so it makes sense that they would push these tools out there,” he says.

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To find the new profile sections, choose Profile > Edit Profile. Below your main profile box will be the “Add sections” button. The new profile sections will appear after your work experience. [Click here to learn how to reorder your profile sections.] Read on for a look at four of the new profile sections.

1. Certifications

LinkedIn is including a new section specifically to highlight any certifications you might have earned—ITIL, Six Sigma or PMP certifications, for example. You’ll be required to include the name of the certification in the form; you can also add the certification authority, license number and expiration date, too, if you want.

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The 10 best IT certifications: 2010

  • Date: August 17th, 2010
  • Author: Erik Eckel

The certification landscape changes as rapidly as the technologies you support. Here’s an updated list of certs that currently offer the most value and validity for IT pros.

Just as with many popular arguments — Red Sox v. Yankees, Chelsea v. Manchester United, Ford v. Chevy — IT certifications are popular fodder for debate. Except that certifications, in an IT professional’s microcosm of a world, have a bigger impact on the future. Just which certifications hold the most value today? Here’s my list of the 10 accreditations with the greatest potential for technology support professionals, administrators, and managers seeking employment within consulting firms or small and midsize organizations.

Note: This article is also available as a PDF download.


This best certification list could be built using 10 Microsoft certifications, many of which would be MCITP accreditations. The world runs on Microsoft. Those professionals earning Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification give employers and clients confidence that they’ve developed the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, deploy, support, maintain, and optimize Windows technologies. Specifically, the Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7 and Server Administrator tracks hold great appeal, as will Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010, as older Exchange servers are retired in favor of the newer platform.


With operating systems (Windows 2000, 2003, 2008, etc.) cycling through every several years, many IT professionals simply aren’t going to invest the effort to earn MCITP or MCSE accreditation on every version. That’s understandable. But mastering a single exam, especially when available examinations help IT pros demonstrate expertise with such popular platforms as Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Microsoft SQL Server 2008, is more than reasonable. That’s why the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) accreditation earns a spot on the list; it provides the opportunity for IT pros to demonstrate expertise on a specific technology that an organization may require right here, right now.

3: Network+

There’s simply no denying that IT professionals must know and understand the network principles and concepts that power everything within an organization’s IT infrastructure, whether running Windows, Linux, Apple, or other technologies. Instead of dismissing CompTIA’s Network+ as a baseline accreditation, every IT professional should add it to their resume.

4: A+

Just as with CompTIA’s Network+ certification, the A+ accreditation is another cert that all IT professionals should have on their resume. Proving baseline knowledge and expertise with the hardware components that power today’s computers should be required of all technicians. I’m amazed at the number of smart, intelligent, and seasoned IT pros who aren’t sure how to crack the case of a Sony Vaio or diagnose failed capacitors with a simple glance. The more industry staff can learn about the fundamental hardware components, the better.


SonicWALLs power countless SMB VPNs. The company’s network devices also provide firewall and routing services, while extending gateway and perimeter security protections to organizations of all sizes. By gaining Certified SonicWALL Security Administrator (CSSA) certification, engineers can demonstrate their mastery of network security essentials, secure remote access, or secure wireless administration. There’s an immediate need for engineers with the knowledge and expertise required to configure and troubleshoot SonicWALL devices providing security services.

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Find the top employer that best suits your needs. Sort the Best Places to Work by key criteria, such as training days, and add filters by region and/or organization size. Note that the more filters you add, the fewer organizations will be listed.

2 Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
3 JM Family Enterprises Inc.
4 General Mills Inc.
5 University of Pennsylvania
6 SAS Institute Inc.
7 Quicken Loans Inc.
8 Verizon Wireless
9 Securian Financial Group Inc.
10 Inc.

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Job Search: What to Do When You’re Overqualified

Being overqualified for a job should give a job seeker a competitive advantage, right? Unfortunately, it can be more of a liability than an asset in a job search. If you’re being told you’re too qualified for a job, here are five ways to address hiring managers’ concerns about your candidacy.

By Meridith Levinson on Wed, June 09, 2010

CIO — Derek Stolpa has been working as an independent consultant and searching for a stable, full-time job since he was laid off from his position as manager of IT procurement and asset management with Jefferson Wells, a professional services firm now owned by Manpower, in 2005. When applying for jobs in his field, Stolpa says employers have told him dozens of times that he’s overqualified or too experienced.

Having prospective employers tell him he has too much experience is frustrating for Stolpa. “The part that’s more disappointing is the fact that I really have a passion and enjoy what I do, and I just want to be able to share that—not only for my own professional and personal growth, but also to give back to an organization,” he says.

Being told they’re overqualified mystifies many IT professionals engaged in job searches. They don’t understand why employers wouldn’t want to hire a candidate who’s more than qualified for a given IT job. Would employers rather hire someone who’s not qualified, they wonder.

Exceeding the minimum qualifications required for a job certainly has its advantages for job seekers. IT hiring managers interviewed for this article say hiring a job seeker who’s overqualified for a position offers several potential benefits. For one, the candidate can quickly get up to speed in a new job with little or no training. For another, the overqualified job seeker generally can bring a broader range of experience and greater depth of knowledge to the role, along with an unparalleled desire to excel. Finally, the right overqualified candidate can potentially elevate the rest of the staff by raising the bar for performance inside the organization.

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Top 10 Skills in Demand in 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

In the Global Knowledge/TechRepublic 2010 Salary Survey, conducted at the end of last year, one of the questions put to respondents was “What skill set will your company be looking to add in 2010?”

The skills listed by respondents include the perennial favorites, such as security, network administration, and Windows administration.

Also included are virtualization/cloud computing and Web development. Meanwhile, an old favorite, business analysis, makes a come back. Here’s the complete list, with the No. 1 skill listed being in the highest demand.

1. Project Management

As we emerge from the recession, organizations aren’t likely to go back to the go-go days of throwing money at IT initiatives or taking risks and deploying without careful thought and planning.

Organizations are putting pressure on IT to only implement projects that can show real return-on-investment. The first step to achieving a good ROI is professional project planning and implementation.

Project management skills often appear in top 10 skills lists, perhaps because some organizations got their fingers burned in the 1990s through the poor implementation of IT projects such as enterprise resource planning initiatives.

But even though the profession is mature (in IT terms), project managers still have work to do to advance their status within organizations.

According to an article on the Project Management Institute Web site, project managers still have to develop their people skills, organizational leadership, and individual professionalism.

2. Security

It’s a never-ending game of cat and mouse for security professionals and 2009 proved to be another fun filled year.

According to Symantec’s Security and Storage Trends to Watch report, the number of spam messages containing malware increased nine-fold to represent more than 2% of e-mails, while other criminals manipulated people’s love of social networking sites to launch attacks.

Twitter, for example, spent much of 2009 battling DDoS and other attacks. Meanwhile, top headlines, such as the H1N1 flu and the death of Michael Jackson were used by criminals to lure people to download malware.

Symantec predicts more of the same in 2010, warning that attackers will continue to use social engineering to get to consumers’ sensitive data, and criminals will take Windows 7 as a challenge for seeking and exploiting vulnerabilities in the new platform.

Mac and smartphones will also be targeted more by malware authors, Symantec says. Despite the economic challenges of ’09, organizations continued to hire security pros.

The most sought-after security skills were information risk management, operations security, certification and accreditation, security management practices, and security architecture and models, according to a survey last year of 1,500 U.S.-based security pros by security certification provider ISC2. 2010 is expected to be another busy year from security professionals.

3. Network Administration

Networking administration skills never lose their luster. It’s the second most sought after skill in the Global Knowledge survey and it will be the top skill sought by CIOs in the first quarter of 2010, according to a survey of IT chiefs by Robert Half Technology.

In 2010, organizations are expected to upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 and the Windows 7 client, and perhaps install Exchange Server 2010 and SharePoint 2010.

Enterprises are going to need network administrators to ensure network traffic continues to move without a hitch.

Meanwhile, Cisco hopes to push more data-intensive traffic onto corporate networks.

Video is a key focus for Cisco in 2010 as it works to finalize its control of video conferencing maker Tandberg and through its 2009 purchase of Pure Digital, developer of the Flip video camera.

At the end of last year, Cisco introduced two Tele- Presence certifications: the Cisco TelePresence Solutions Specialist for midcareer voice or networking engineers seeking to specialize in the planning, design and implementation of Cisco TelePresence; and TelePresence Installation Specialist aimed at installation technicians.

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Career Watch: The IT labor market: Volatile, and no tranquillity in sight

By Jamie Eckle – June 7, 2010 06:00 AM ET

Computerworld –

Q&A: David Foote

The CEO of IT workforce analyst firm Foote Partners LLC explains why high volatility in the IT labor and skills markets will remain long after the economy recovers.

First of all, how are you defining and measuring volatility? Pay and demand for IT skills at more than 2,000 employers in North America that participate in our research. We’ve built several statistical gauges for examining trends in each. The IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index surveys pay premiums earned by 23,000 IT professionals for 438 individual technical and business skills, both certified and noncertified.

Our IT Skills Volatility Index tells us what percentage of these skills are changing in market value, either up or down. We also survey salaries for nearly 100,000 IT workers and a few hundred job titles. All of these are updated continuously, but we tend to analyze labor market trends in three-month increments and have been doing so since 1998. We also stay in regular contact with several hundred IT executives, who provide us with deep-dive perspective that the data itself cannot.

What have you been finding? Quarter-by-quarter skills volatility has been in the 29% to 39% range in the past year and a half. From 2005 to 2008, it averaged only half of that. This index has been swinging back and forth by as much as 10 points over periods as short as three months, which is unprecedented. As for the market values themselves, noncertified skills have shown overall gains in two straight quarters, while average certification pay has been on a steady decline for four years straight. But as you dig deeper into each skill category, consistency is very hard to find. The truth is that IT employment and salaries have been stabilizing, but pay and demand for specific skills and specialized talent remain highly volatile and unpredictable. There are clearly other factors than the recession at work here.

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Pixar, Dream Job: The Creative Geniuses Reveal What It’s Like To Work At The Studio

By Steven James Snyder on April 2, 2010

Would you accept a job at Pixar?

Um, yeah, so would I. (Don’t tell Peter)

The studio behind everything from Up to Wall-E, from Toy Story to Toy Story 2, strikes me as a hotbed of ingenuity. A shop where creativity rules. A place where the impossible becomes possible. Just listening to someone like director Pete Docter talk about all the creative influences that have brought him this far makes me want to sign for an unpaid Pixar internship:

Time after time, the studio has surpassed the expectations of their harshest critics. There were those who thought a CG movie wouldn’t work, and then came Toy Story. With Ratatouille, they sold America on falling in love with a dirty little rat. In Wall-E, they took a hero who couldn’t speak, occupying a planet without life, and delivered one of the best films of the year.

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IT Leaders, It’s Time to Give It Up

By Susan Cramm

If you want to know what keeps IT leaders up at night, check out this oh-so-depressing article. Entitled “Why The New Normal Could Kill IT,” is a well-written summary of the challenges and risks that IT faces as it tries to navigate the new economic order with complex and difficult-to-change technology, poor technology adoption, and the reality that consumer technology is outpacing enterprise technology.

The core thesis of the article is that IT’s survival depends on its ability to help the rest of the business apply new, disruptive technologies cheaper and faster than ever before. These mandates aren’t new, but time is running out: “There’s a hoard of tech trouble at the gates, and users today have as much patience as those stranded in long lines at the DMV.”

Business users want, and need, more direct control over the technology that fuels their business. Ensuring that business users exercise increased control in a responsible manner requires that they become smarter about how to invest, manage, and deliver IT-enabled change and innovation.

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Silicon Valley Loses Best-Workplace Luster After Job, Pay Cuts

By Ryan Flinn

March 29 (Bloomberg) — Talk about bad timing: Within weeks of being named the best place to work last year, NetApp Inc. announced plans to cut about 6 percent of its workforce.

It was February 2009, during the worst days of the recession. Customers had slashed their spending budgets, leaving the company with no choice but toeliminate jobs, NetApp said at the time.

NetApp’s woes may have signaled the end of Silicon Valley’s dominance of the best-workplace rankings. When the list came out this year, the Sunnyvale, California-based company dropped to No. 7. And for the first time since 2006, all three of the top companies were outside the region.

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