Your technology, resume and interviewing skills are the 3 keys that drive your computer programming career.
If you are formula minded, you can express my career determining statement as:
TECHNOLOGY + RESUME + INTERVIEWING SKILLS = SUCCESSFUL COMPUTER PROGRAMMER
Here is how the computer programming industry works:
- Technology: Your choice of programming language can make or break your career. If you choose a programming language that’s not in-demand like COBOL, your career is PRETTY MUCH dead. If you choose a programming language that’s in high demand like Java or C# your career is headed for the STARS.
After you choose a programming language, your next critical task is to master it. Put together, your programming language and technical mastery determine how relevant your programming skills are to recruiters and employers.
- Resume: Your resume must be in tip-top shape if you want to get invitations for job interviews, regardless of your programming skills. You won’t even be considered for many good job openings unless your resume does a pretty good job of marketing you. Without a good resume, you will get fewer job interviews and fewer opportunities to get hired. And it’s also pretty darn hard to negotiate a good salary or billing rate using a bad resume.
- Job Interviewing Skills: Finally, you need to sharpen your technical interviewing skills so you can convince employers that you’re as good as your resume says. In other words, if your resume markets you as a rock star, talented programmer and your interviewing skills suck, you’ll lose out on many job interviews.
I have given you the 3 keys to computer programming careers. Use these keys to get programming jobs, make more money and accelerate your programmer career.