Legacy Mainframe Computer Programmers Transitioning To Microsoft .NET Careers

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This question was posted by a legacy (mainframe) computer programmer who needs advice on “becoming a Microsoft .NET software developer”.

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Here is the Legacy Mainframe Computer Programmer’s Question:

I’m having a very tough time finding a position after being laid off.

I have 12 years programming experience in mainframe environment.

Education wise I have an associates degree and am currently in school to upgrade to bachelors degree. At the same time my skills are being upgraded.

I have having a very difficult time finding work in any environment.

I am interested in crossing platforms and willing to start at entry level pay. However, all jobs are requiring experience and my resume is denied because the only experience I have in .NET/Web is class work.

I don’t know what is holding me back (except that I’m intraverted…), nor do I understand how to move forward. If you have any advice – I’m all ears.

Thank you in advance for any help.

Career Advice For Legacy (Mainframe) Programmers Transitioning to Microsoft .NET

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In the current job market, Microsoft .NET Programmers are highly employable … we get quite a bit of calls from recruiters asking for Microsoft.NET skills.

So, transitioning to .NET development will help because Microsoft .NET Programmers are in-demand in the current job market.

The reason why your situation is different is that software development careers are specialized, skill based careers.

For example Visual Basic programmers (classic Visual Basic or VB6) may find it hard to get jobs while Visual Basic .NET programmers are in-demand because of the demand for .NET Programming skills.

Another real-world example is with Active Server Pages (ASP) skills. ASP programmers may find it hard to get jobs while ASP.NET programmers are in-demand.

So, when it comes to computer programming or software development, your past years of programming experience doesn’t count except if your skills are current.

What counts is how current or up-to-date your skills are! So, when you will may have a hard time getting a new programming job until you update your programming skills!

Because when it comes to hiring computer programmers, you’re only in-demand if you have the lastest computer programming (Microsoft.NET) skills.

Also, Educational qualifications are nice on your resume but they won’t persuade a hiring manager to hire you for a cutting-edge computer programming job.

So, here is what you need to do:

  1. Learn Microsoft .NET, ASP.NET, C# programming. You can learn these programming skills at the Software Developer Boot Camp.

    Learn SQL Server database design and development because a lot of Microsoft.NET job postings require SQL Server Database Development Skills (even when they are not stated on the job posting).

    Database Development skills are important for Microsoft .NET Programmers because hiring managers prefer to keep their head count or staffing costs as low as possible.

    So, they would prefer a Microsoft .NET Developer who can write or code their own stored procvedures and then pass it on to the DBA to review and add to the database.

    Right now, we have a special that allows you to join both the SQL Boot Camp and the Software Developer Boot Camp for only $49 more!

  2. Get lot’s of hands-on experience. This is another area where some developers miss it!

    Getting a Software Development Degree is not enough to get a job! You have to approach the hiring manager with a lit of projects that you’ve worked on using the skills that they want.

    The Software Developer Boot Camp comes provides you with hands-on software development experience so that by the time you finish training, you have some good hands-on experience to show for your time.

  3. What gets you hired? When it comes to getting hired, it is better to be as direct as possible. The reaon why you are not getting hired is that you don’t have hands-on software development experience in Microsoft .NET programming.
    So, the best plan is to give the hiring managers what the want … ” A Resume that says that you have hands-on Microsoft.NET Software Development Experience“.

This post answers a question posted by a legacy (mainframe) software developer who needs advice on “transitioning or making a career move to Microsoft .NET Development”!

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