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I thought in the current economic climate this article has some good pointers, although I'm not sure I'd agree with all of them. I'd like to add some other steps you might want to take if you're a Microsoft Technologist:
Can't think of any others right now, but go take a look at the article 10 Steps Techies Should Take to Keep Their Jobs in a Financial Meltdown and see if 10 steps suggested there resonate with you.
Microsoft's Second Shot program let's you retake a certification exam you failed for free-as-in-beer.
And you might consider bolstering your "authority" by using some of the new social tools on TN/MSDN. For more info, see my blog post http://blogs.technet.com/tonyso/archive/2008/10/14/what-is-the-value-of-social-bookmarking-to-it-pros.aspx