How To Gain Handson, Web Programming Experience

How To Become A Web Programmer
How To Become A Web Programmer

The post which you are just about to read answers the question of:“what is the most compelling thing on a web programmer’s resume or how do you gain the type of resume that will make you standout in the web development industry!

Let me begin by saying that, the key thing that hiring managers are looking for on your resume is not your programming certifications or your college degrees or computer science education but your handson web programming experience.

It is only after software development managers are satisfied that you have the required experience that they will start considering other things like your training, certification, degrees, education or qualifications.

So the real questions here are:

  • How do you get strong, hands on web programming experience?
  • How do you document web programming experience on your resume?

How To Gain Compelling Web Programming Resume

  • Build ASP.NET Applications for you own personal use: Begin by developing web applications that have some real world, practical and personal benefit.

    An example would be a web application that stores and catalogs links to useful articles that you find on the web

  • Volunteer for open source ASP.NET projects: There are several open-source ASP.NET projects on sites like

    Some of these open source projects need help from volunteer developers like you, who can design or develop new features or fix existing bugs in the open source project.

  • Volunteer for non profit projects: Find a non-profit organization close to your heart and volunteer to help with creating or improving their websites or software applications.

  • Work on freelance projects on websites like Elance or ODesk. Don’t get hung-up on trying to win the big bids, instead work on winning the smaller bids because you are still looking to build your skills, experience and clients and not to make a lot of money.

    Working on real-world projects will help you get used to communicating with clients or managing project scope, deadlines or deliverables.

How To Document Web Programming Experience On your Resume

  • Go back and document all the projects or tasks or features you wrote or completed.

  • Describe the technologies you used, the business processes you supported, the type of project you worked on, the positive reviews giving by your clients or project managers or colleagues.

    One of the biggest mistakes that computer programmers make on their resume is that giving too little credence to the tasks they perform on a project.

    This is sometimes due to them because of low self-confidence or self-esteem.

  • Don’t have to wait until you complete a big project before you document your work or results.

    Give a lot of time, attention and effort to documenting the smaller victories (tasks, features or software applications) you either created from scratch or completed.

    Trust me, your resume would look much better than the other folks that don’t do use this highly effective technique.

One of the folks in our online training bootcamps applied the last technique to his business analyst resume and saw the activity on his resume jump by 300%.

A coaching participant did the same thing and started getting pulled into business analyst job interviews that he wasn’t even qualified to attend.

When he saw that recruiters were taking him seriously and that he was getting a lot of calls for business analyst consulting jobs beginning at $30/hr., he decided to run back and complete his training … that is how powerful the techniques posted on this article are!

Though this article is written for computer programmers, you can adapt these techniques or use them to improve your resumes or get hand on experience for business analyst, data analyst, database or any other information technology (IT) jobs and careers.

This post is an answer to a question asked by Talibah Coleman on “How to put together a compelling ASP.NET programmer resume from watching ASP.NET software developer videos“.

You may click here to add your own No Holds Barred Questions, Comments or Discussion on challenges, problems or issues facing your career and i will respond to your question just as I answered Talibah’s question in this post!

11 Responses to "How To Gain Handson, Web Programming Experience"

  1. Aravind   September 14, 2010 at 5:05 am

    My passion is programming. My dream is to work in MICROSOFT so i am working more on programming.

    Would you suggest for me what big software companies like MICROSOFT expect from programmers?

    And some tips for me to sharpen my programming skills?

    • IT Career Coach   September 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm

      Why do you want to work for Microsoft?

      Do you think that they will pay you better?

      Do you assume that you will write better code by working for Microsoft?

      Do you think that other big / fortune 500 companies run their programmng department like Microsoft does?

      Do you have what it takes to become a Microsoft programmer?

      What about programming at Microsoft do you like?

      What do you know about the typical software developer’s day at Microsoft?

      While you contemplate the answers to these questions, I would advice that you make sure that you have at least a bachelors in computer science from a very good schoold, that you make sure you graduate with a top grade, become an expert at C++, C#, Maths and Algorithms before you finish from School or at some point in your career.

      Hang around Microsoft blogs, discuss with them and show thjem what you know.

      You must really know your stuff and be good at demonstrating or communicating it.

  2. Peter Moss   March 10, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Good points, but to put all the project details would make your resume really long.
    Mine resume is already 6 page long, that is after I cut out most of my Internet projects. I was told that most managers only read the first two pages.

    • IT Career Coach   March 15, 2010 at 5:34 am

      Making your resume long or short doesn’t matter. Getting the job is all that matters.

  3. Frank   March 30, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    One of your best articles.

    I’m studying .net and oop and design patterns.

    I see the .net ads and I studying as fast as I can so I start building something and doing some volunteer work to get hands-on experience.

    Keep up the good work and I’ll let you know of my progress.


    • Kingsley Tagbo   March 30, 2009 at 1:17 pm


      Thank you for the feedback and for the encouragement.

      I wish you the best in your career and please feel welcome to participate in the discussions on this site.


  4. Avy Nyateng   February 23, 2009 at 4:14 am

    Am grateful for the replies and the commitment.

    Thank you very much.

    I want to wish you success in all that you do

    • Kingsley Tagbo   February 23, 2009 at 10:16 am


      Thank you very much too … I wish you a great life.

  5. Kingsley Tagbo   February 13, 2009 at 5:35 am


    I will post some information about Computer Networking Careers if that is waht you need … and yes I actually worked in computer networking a long time ago 🙂

  6. Parag   February 8, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    You talk about how programmers and business analysts can get good paying jobs after several months of study and using the right strategies.

    When I was studying for my networking exams. I remember how a few people would start at $50k after the MCSE.

    Well i actually heard of one and I think I met him but I think he did a contract job first than got a $50k a year job.

    I heard of one through hearsay that got a $70k job after that person got their MCSE this was close to before or after year 2000.

    You speak of getting good pay with a short amount of time of study with programming and business analyst.

    Can you guide people who are studying networking how they can get a good paying job after their studies?

    It seems like for networking, in order to get a good paying job or a networking job, people may usually have to pay their dues by doing help desk or start out as a desk side technician.

    I have met MCSEs that had a hard time finding a job because of lack of experience.

    It seems like employers have felt burned by hiring certified people.

    So, it can be hard to get a networking job for that reason.

    There are a lot of people who like networking over programming. So, will you be having articles related to computer networking?


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