How to Become a Highly Paid Corporate Programmer

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It's simple. To make it to the top of the pay scale you must make yourself invaluable to your employer. Unfortunately, most programmers or aspiring programmers lack that critical "it" factor, the savvy that makes employers and clients stand up and take notice. This book will show you how to stand out from the pack, how to become indispensable, how to succeed as a highly paid corporate programmer.

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Overview

It's simple. To make it to the top of the pay scale you must make yourself invaluable to your employer. Unfortunately, most programmers or aspiring programmers lack that critical "it" factor, the savvy that makes employers and clients stand up and take notice. This book will show you how to stand out from the pack, how to become indispensable, how to succeed as a highly paid corporate programmer.

Are you ready to improve your career? Do you have the desire to make it to the top? Would you like to know what it takes to earn elite programming status--the highest title, the best compensation, the most responsibility, authority, and respect? The answers to all these questions--and more--await you inside. Paul H. Harkins has helped programmers just like you capitalize on their talents and earn major success in corporate programming. You can even apply his time-tested principles to become a sought-after, highly paid consultant or entrepreneur. Whatever your ultimate goal, the time to start is now.

Throughout his career, Paul has contributed to the success of thousands of programmers worldwide. Today, some are even millionaires. To gain the edge all you need is a willingness to focus intensely, to develop a career plan, and to employ the techniques presented in this book. With it, you too can make it to the top!

This incredible book will teach you the skills needed to:
  • Make the right decisions in your career
  • Manage the interview process
  • Code for success
  • Focus on what's important (and avoid what isn't)
  • Find and cultivate a mentor
  • Start a new job with skill
  • Develop a career as a programming consultant
  • Know what your boss expects of you (most programmers are clueless)
  • Master millions of lines of complex code (we've got the secret)
  • Beat the rest when a company's technical interviewer judges programming candidates
  • Avoid frequently made blunders (in technique, relationships, and attitude)
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Programmers: How do you get to the top of your profession, while others are being downsized, rightsized, and offshored into oblivion? Paul Harkins -- who’s been there, done that -- will show you.

Here’s solid advice for programmers at each rung of the ladder, from entry-level on up. You’ll discover how to move out of maintenance “dog work” into high-visibility, high-risk projects, succeed at them, then differentiate yourself through greater productivity and business value. The pinnacle: a move toward consulting and entrepreneurship (either internal or external).

One thing’s for sure: you can’t keep doing what you’re already doing. Make a plan -- with this book. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583470459
  • Publisher: Mc Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Section I: Starting a Successful Programming Career
   1: How Much Are You Worth?
   2: A Primer for Fledgling Programmers
   3: What Your Boss Really Wants From You
   4: Tips From a Technical Interviewer
   5: Final Interview? Ask These Questions
   6: What You Won't Learn in Programming School
   7: The Beauty of Borrowed Code
   8: Learning from the Masters
   9: Techies and Bit-Twiddlers Are Doomed
   
Section II: Thriving in a Competitive Environment
   10: Harnessing the Brute Force of Calculation
   11: Take on the Tough Jobs
   12: Mission: Impossible
   13: How Your Work Is Tracked
   14: Boost Your Output, Lower Your Stress With Productivity Tools
   15: A Blueprint for Savvy Programming
   16: Master Millions of Lines of Complex Code
   17: “Good Enough” Programming for the Seasoned Programmer
   18: How Seasoned Programmers Stay at the Top of Their Game
   19: Self-Management Tips for the Seasoned Professional
   20: Spotting Opportunities, Skirting Land Mines
   
Section III: Mastering the Corporate Culture
   21: Slipping Into a New Corporate Culture
   22: Mentors and Mentees
   23: How Do You Deal with the End User?
   24: When You Get a Really Bad Boss
   25: A Raise and a Promotion In-House
   26: A Big Push Out of the House
   
Section IV: Beyond Programming
   27: Jumping to Management
   28: The Top of the Pyramid: The Programming Consultant
   29: Write for Your Industry
   30: Founding and Running Your Own Firm
   31: Inventing Your Own Software
   32: Marketing Your Product
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