• Are IT employees compensated fairly in the United States?

    Dear CertMag: Why don’t U.S. firms pay IT pros what they’re worth?

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com. Dear CertMag: I keep reading about the shortage of tech workers, but what I actually see is a shortage of cheap tech workers. American companies don’t want …

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  • It can be hard to break into the IT world with only certifications and no job experience.

    Dear CertMag: How do I get started as a certified technician?

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com. Dear CertMag: I’m a certified technician and have recently completed CompTIA Network+ and Server+, but I have no job experience. What steps can I take to stick out to …

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  • Getting a sports IT job may be harder than you think.

    Dear CertMag: I’m ready to go pro — how do I get a sports IT job?

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com. Dear CertMag: Big NBA fan and gym rat here. I’ve never been good enough to actually play sports for a living, but I’d love to get into …

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  • What does it take to navigate a career crossroads?

    Dear CertMag: Pondering programming after 25 years in a non-IT career

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com. Dear CertMag: I just walked out the door at the end of 25-year career in the city transit system. I’ve always tried to keep up with technology …

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  • Feeling overworked? It may be time to switch jobs.

    Dear CertMag: Switching from indie tech to corporate tech

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com. Dear CertMag: I’m an independent programming consultant working mostly with other lone-wolf types who have ideas but don’t know how to program them (or don’t want to …

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  • Finding time to study for certification can be difficult.

    Dear CertMag: I need more time to study for certification

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com. Dear CertMag:  I have a job doing tech support at a community college. I’d like to eventually work in data storage, so I’ve been trying to carve …

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  • Phone Alone SQUARE CROP

    Dear CertMag: My phone support job is holding me back

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com. Dear CertMag: My parents have a mom-and-pop computer repair service where I worked for years before college. I picked up a lot of what I know from …

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  • Women are often in the minority in IT workplaces.

    Dear CertMag: I don’t encounter many other women in IT

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com. Dear CertMag: My love affair with computers and technology goes all the way back to middle school. I work in data storage and I’ve had a handful …

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  • I have a solid foundation in the basics of IT networking. What's next?

    Dear CertMag: I want to advance my IT networking career

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com. Dear CertMag: After graduating college, I started on handling IT services at the city offices in my hometown. I like network management and I have a couple …

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  • Employers don't always look at your work experience as much as they should.

    Dear CertMag: My work experience isn’t getting me hired

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com. Dear CertMag: I’ve been out of a job and looking for the past 10 months. My employer, a small IT consulting firm in Atlanta, hung in there …

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