How To Improve your Resume, Job Search & Interviews or Get a Tech Job
Beginning computer programming can be difficult.
Even after getting hired beginner computer programmers may get the short end of the stick in matters ranging from compensation, training, and exposure to high profile projects and clients, peer respect, choice of technology, pecking order, holiday time and benefits.
There are several reasons why beginner programmers find it hard to get programming jobs or harder to find good career positions even after they are hired. Here are a few:
However the relationship between you as a beginner programmer and your employer is that of an adult-to-adult relationship. Meaning that your employer expects you to look after your own interests.
What is a beginner programmer to do? The first offer on the table is grabbed by the desperate, tired and stressed-out beginner programmer who's intimidated and overwhelmed by their job search.
As a result, beginner programmers may be stuck with under-paying, unfavorable jobs for several years until their career becomes un-livable.
Even though you may be capable of performing at the same level as other mid-level or senior level programmers in your firm. If you believe the tag beginner, entry level, junior or novice programmer, you give someone else the power to tell you what you can and cannot do.
And you lose that fundamental ability of a human, "the ability to self-determine one's own destiny".
Do you see what is going on here?
Beginning computer programming can also be challenging because beginner programmers often lack the ability to pain a better picture of their abilities through their resumes, present themselves confidently at technical interviews and negotiate better salaries that are not tied to arbitrary beginner / entry level / junior programmer CAREER TAGS.
While beginning computer programming, I discovered how I could do the same jobs usually referred to senior developers. So, I peeled off the beginning computer programming tags on my career and within 6 months my salary multiplied from $28,000/yr. to $75,000/yr. which is really not bad for starters.
And I amazed when I get emails from programmers who are paralyzed by their beginning computer programming tag. Here is a recent e-mail. Read it below and see what I mean.
upon reading your article about becoming a programmer I have decided to contact you.
I am working for a web-development company as a trainee.
I have worked for this company for two months now and what was once a passion of mine (web development) has now become my worst nightmare.
Although I am supposed to be a trainee i have received no training what so ever and i am expected to know everything about every language.
When i run into almost imminent problems all the director can do is send me abusive emails where swearing and personal insults are common place.
I am desperate to become a good web-developer and would do anything to become as proficient as my colleagues but this just seems like it will never be the case.
I often study outside work but when i go into the office something else is required of me (just seems like a never ending cycle of doom and gloom).
My probation is up and i will find out if i will be kept on in my role as a "trainee developer".
This does not add to my motivation neither does my directors abusive emails.
My advice to beginner computer programmers who find their careers in a rut like this is:
Sometimes, it's your fault and sometimes it is not. Whatever the reason, don't give in to fear and stay with a job you hate. Get out, get moving and get hired fast!