5 .Net Resume Skills That Distinguish You From the Crowd

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If you’re writing your .NET resume, simply listing your proficiency with this framework may not be enough to convince a potential employer you’re the right hire.

Yes, .NET developers are in high demand. But that doesn’t mean hiring managers aren’t picky about who they bring on board. So what other qualifications do you need for your resume to stand out?

Here are five .NET development and front-end skills that can help you earn an interview:

  1. ASP.NET MVC — This open source web application framework is emerging as an alternative to the traditional ASP.NET Web Forms as a development tool. The relatively quick enterprise shift to MVC for application building has stimulated demand for programmers with a command of both skills. The ASP.NET developer center is a good place to dive into MVC.
  2. Database programming — Database architects, programmers and administrators are in hot demand as the value of collecting and centrally managing information continues to rise. Database programming skills such as SQL Server and Oracle are becoming a must for a .NET resume. W3Schools offers myriad database tutorials that can help you gain knowledge or brush up on your skills.
  3. Familiarity with software and operating systems — Knowledge of a broad range of software (such as Visual Basic, Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe) and operating systems demonstrates to employers that you can use your .NET skills for practical application.
  4. User interface (UI) design — Many candidates have the technical skills down, but few complement them with front-end finesse. Hitting both sides can be a major plus. Because the finished application design has to be intuitive and attractive to even novice users, employers frequently look for candidates who can develop applications that provide a compelling but natural user experience. Usability.gov bills itself as a one-stop shop for technology professionals who want to become proficient at UI and user experience (UX) design.
  5. Quality testing — Quality testing, including debugging, eliminating flaws and providing .NET application quality assurance, is another skill that can cause hiring managers to give extra attention to a .NET resume. Comprehensive testing of your application requires you to grasp and analyze all possible ways it could be used. To do this, you need to truly understand an organization’s front-end objectives. If you want to explore issues and common enterprise needs in this area, Sticky Minds is a popular resource for quality testing and assurance professionals.

By rounding out your skills, and creating a .NET resume that helps to underscore them, you can transform yourself from a strong to a standout candidate.

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