There is a vast library of IT certification content here at CertMag.com, and each year it gets a little deeper. With new articles four days a week most weeks during the year, that’s roughly 200 new articles every year. Some are articles previously published in Certification Magazine, but about three-quarters of what you get here on the website is original content.
No doubt there are some of you out there who read everything that shows up here. (Or at least we hope there’s no doubt of that. And if you really are one of those hardcore CertMag readers, then gold star for you. We’d like to shake your hand and buy you a drink.) The average drop-in visitor, however, probably doesn’t get even a real taste of everything that shows up here in a calendar year.
That’s why recaps like this are so helpful. There’s no need to wonder what you’ve missed: Other visitors to the site have already voted with their mouse clicks, and curated a list of the most compelling articles to appear on the site in 2023. We’re going to do this in three installments, comprising the 30 most-read new articles of the year.
Today we’re bringing you our third installment, the most popular articles of 2023, numbers 21 through 30:
21) Is your certification certified? Why IT certification providers often seek out a seal of approval: "To oversimplify, imagine that I decide the market would benefit by having a generic certification of proficiency with foundational spreadsheet skills generic enough to cover offerings from Microsoft, Google, and a few others. I call this certification Spreadsheet Attested and start offering exams through a testing center." (by Emmett Dulaney)
22) Salary Survey Extra: Let's meet up never/forever?: "Hooking up has never been easy or comfortable, going all the way back to those cave paintings discovered in the south of France that depict a prehistoric office worker paying a mariachi band to serenade the pretty receptionist at the front desk so that he can ask for her number. In the next panel, she throws a jar of styluses carved out of animal bones in his face." (by CertMag Staff)
23) The pros and cons of using AI tools to prepare for your next certification exam: "Technology certifications often cover a vast amount of material and it's common for candidates to have strong expertise in some areas and be completely new to other topics covered on the same exam." (by Mike Chapple)
24) Evaluating different methods of preparing for a certification exam, Part 2: "A practice exam has the same format as the actual certification exam, meaning that if your practice exam has 20 multiple-choice questions and four essay questions, then so will your actual exam." (by Nathan Kimpel)
25) Salary Survey Extra: Salute, shrug, side-eye or scowl at cryptocurrency?: "The average Jane or Joe might struggle to explain what cryptocurrency is, or how it functions, but at least theoretically it would act as much to their benefit as to the benefit of the pocket-lining flimflammers who look at crypto and mostly see a golden get-rich-quick scheme." (by CertMag Staff)
26) Top independent cybersecurity conferences to attend in 2024: "Recognized globally for its dedication to cybersecurity and combating emerging threats, RSA Conference (RSAC) has been a staple of cybersecurity for 31 years." (by Mary Kyle)
27) How to find reliable IT salary information, Part 1: "When evaluating what an optimum salary would amount to, remember that salary constitutes only one part of compensation. Benefits and perks are important components of total compensation." (by Reena Ghosh)
28) Salary Survey Extra: Deep Focus on Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Level 3: "Nearly 85 percent of the Fortinet NSE Level 3 holders we heard from have an educational background that includes time spent at a college of university." (by CertMag Staff)
29) Collaboration fueled (and still fuels) some of the most important advances in IT: "I encountered this model in my first job after college. I went to work for a not-for-profit organization — where it is not uncommon for tech to be a decade behind other business sectors." (by Emmett Dulaney)
30) The second top six countries to look for IT work: "Most French startups employ foreign nationals. Programmers and developers are in demand. France attracts less foreign tech talent than some other European countries primarily because of the language barrier and bureaucratic complexities." (by Reena Ghosh)