How to be a more marketable software developer

On Thursday I am presenting a quick talk at the Internet Professional Society of Alabama. This is part of an event called Idea Spark, where multiple individuals give five minute talks. I thought it’d be fun to steer away from the normal tech talks and talk about something near and dear to all of our hearts: money!

My talk will give a few quick points on some basic, inexpensive things you can do to make yourself more valuable, and thus command a larger salary in the marketplace. I can testify these things work, having done them myself. However it’s not with out a lot of sweat equity. You’ll need to invest a fair amount of time to achieve success, but everything worth doing is worth taking the time to do right.

Here’s the slide deck in PDF format: how-to-be-a-more-marketable-software-developer

I have to give thanks and much credit to Doug Turnure, a content architect for Microsoft. He first gave a very similar presentation some time back and was gracious enough to share the slides. I took them, did some rearranging, trimming, and additions to achieve this current version which is a blend of his thoughts and mine.

I hope you find the talk and the slides valuable as you give yourself the edge in this competitive marketplace.


3 thoughts on “How to be a more marketable software developer

  1. I really enjoyed your presentation. You made some great points and I think it’s important to take a step back and think about things like “being more marketable” from a career standpoint.

    Thanks again for presenting and helping IPSA.

  2. great presentation – the content is very useful, while being fun to read 🙂 sometimes there are so many “i wishes” and “i wants” it’s hard to know where to start. so, the bullets that really struck home for me were “decide your goal, create a plan, then spend 20 minutes a day”.

    thanks for sharing!

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