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    Dear CertMag: Do I need a certification to validate my job skills?

     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 the IT guy for a small daily newspaper. I basically do a lot of the same things I’ve been doing for people since high …

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  • News of the week in IT includes the announcement of certmaster, women's issues and more.

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    Press Pass: CertMaster, scholarships, salary equality and more

    Welcome to the latest installment of  Press Pass , where CertMag blows through as many industry press releases, blogs, dispatches, messages in a bottle, etc., as we can fit in one post. We’ve got the highlights and you can click thru straight to the horse’s mouth for more information.

    Money for something and …

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  • Students are using certification to get ahead.

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    CertStudent: New feature kicks off in a New York state of mind

    Welcome to the start of something new at CertMag. People get certified at lots of different stages in life. And once a person starts down a certification path, one thing typically leads to another. There’s always another cert beyond the horizon. One group that intrigues us, however, is what you might call certification’s all-rookie squad. …

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    Dear CertMag: Should I get a tech job or go to college?

     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 about to finish high school at the end of May. I have four certs, A+, Network+, Security+ and CCNA from Cisco. I’m in my …

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    Picture This: A Visual Guide to Failure Values

    As you study for a variety of certification exams (such as CompTIA’s Cloud+, A+, Security+, etc.), there are a number of “failure”-related values you will need to learn. Typically, these are associated with hardware components such as the hard drive. You will be tested repeatedly on the same set of failure values — or a …

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  • Woman designs image THUMB

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    Dear CertMag: Returning to web design after several years away

     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 a stay-at-home mom for quite a few years, but my youngest is now entering middle school. I have a very modest IT background …

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    Digital badges may help bridge certification credibility gaps

    The current bounty of available IT certifications boosts the odds you can find a certification that’s exactly what you need, or at least somewhere in the ballpark. It also creates a bit of credential chaos: How can potential employers know what a particular certification signifies? And how can they confirm that yours is current and …

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  • Brain dumps are out there, but using one to prep for a certification test can mean big trouble.

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    Dear CertMag: Can brain dumps get me out of an exam jam?

     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 Cisco certification exam approaching at the end of May. I feel like I’m falling behind studying. A couple of friends have suggested using …

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  • Computer script THUMB

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    To script or not to script, that is the question — for DBAs

    Recently I was asked whether a person pursuing a career as an Oracle database administrator needs to have knowledge of scripting languages. One answer to that question could be no — if the potential DBA is someone who really likes performing the same basic tasks over and over, day in and day out. Said person …

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    Dear CertMag: What’s the best way to save on 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 an IT position managing PC installation, networking and support for a rural school district. I’d like to improve my job prospects and I’ve …

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