Jobs For Programmers – A Career Roadmap
Jobs For Programmers – A Career Roadmap
People who love programming know that it is a world full of fun. Programmers create magic by writing lines of code. The job opportunities for programmers are endless and here are some tips for a successful programming career.
Which programming language should you learn first?
This is a question that I see often in Yahoo answers and a question that I had myself. There are thousands of programming languages to choose from and it is not surprising for someone to be overwhelmed by the huge list of programming languages. Here is a Wikipedia article that has the list of programming languages by category: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_programming_languages_by_category
Anyone who wants to learn programming should start with C first. A lot of modern programming languages derived their code from C and there is no limit with what you can do with C. It is also very easy to learn C and it will help you to get familiar with basic programming concepts.
Once you learn C you can start to learn the object oriented programming concepts of C++. You may be wondering if learning C and C++ is a lot of work since you will be learning two languages. Actually, C++ is almost similar to C except that C++ more enhanced. So you will find it lot easier to learn if you had already learnt C.
Once you have learnt these two, the road you traveled splits. You will have two roads going away from each other, which are C# and Java. At this point you can either take any of these two roads or a totally different road that is built using the same material. Whatever you choose, it will be easy to travel since you know what a programming language is and how it works.
If you want to develop Java applets, Java server pages or games, go with Java. If you want to program Windows applications, you may want to learn C#. Once you have learnt C#, if you want to continue on that line and create some powerful web applications, then go with ASP.Net
Another most popular language to create web applications is PHP. It is free and open source. Both ASP.NET and PHP have their own advantages. For example, PHP is famous for creating blogs, forums, portals etc and there are a lot of free content management systems and applications like Drupal, Joomla, Mambo, Wordpress, Phpbb etc to make your life a lot easier. On the other hand, if you want to create corporate sites, intranet websites or any website that should work well with Microsoft servers and applications, then go for ASP.Net.
There are other programming languages for web applications, like Perl, Python, Coldfusion etc. You can read more about them in Wikipedia. Apart from these ones that I mentioned, there are many scripting languages which are used for different purposes.
How do you find jobs for programmers?
There is always more demand for good programmers. The number of programming jobs active today in the whole world, no matter when you are reading it, is extremely high. But everyone wants to hire the best programmer and this sometimes makes the life of a fresh graduate harder.
But many employers hire freshers and train them for permanent positions though employers don’t prefer hiring freshers for contract jobs. A contract job vacancy is there because of a temporary need for an IT consultant and a company cannot afford to give training for every contractor they hire. In a contract job, the consultant will have to start working on the project from the day one.
For freshers, working on the interview questions and training themselves to speak clearly and confidently is very important than working on their resumes. The resume of a fresher is just a blank template with only the educational qualifications filled. A lot of blank space in that resume gets filled only as the candidate starts getting some work experience.
An experienced job seeker on the other hand should give equal importance to the resume and the interview. Your resume should clearly communicate about your expertise and should make a good impression in the first few seconds. You will have to train yourself to answer the questions that you don’t like sometimes, such as ‘Why are you leaving your current job’. You can’t answer that question by saying what you hate about your boss or tell them that you can’t get along with your colleagues in your current company.
For both freshers and experienced job seekers, it is very important to make sure that their resume is online in the popular job boards and searchable by employers. Most of the job openings are not advertised and the employers prefer to search for the resumes without letting everyone know that they are hiring.
For programming jobs, it is essential to post your resume in IT jobs boards like Corp-corp.com . It uses FETCH technology that has carefully created algorithms to find the jobs which perfectly match your resume. FETCH technology is a new innovative method that eliminates hours and hours of search.
Above all, it is very important to stay up to date and constantly add to your knowledge to get hired for the best programming jobs which pay you high and give you all the benefits in the world.
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