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  • July 8, 2018
  • Gareth Morris

9 Skills That Will Boost Your .NET Career


At Evolution Recruitment Solutions, we are seeing an increasing demand in .NET developer jobs, meaning the need for .NET developers is also growing rapidly, as the Microsoft framework becomes increasingly popular. Those wanting to advance their .NET career and salaries will want to ensure that they have the latest skills and competencies that will set them apart from their competition.

In this blog, we discuss the top 9 skills that we know companies are looking for when they recruit for .NET development jobs.

1. Cloud experience

Enterprises have their heads in the clouds and are increasingly searching for .NET developers experienced in creating cloud platforms. Look for opportunities to increase your knowledge of cloud platforms that can be hosted on AWS and Azure, and of developing systems that seamlessly interact.

2. Certifications

Your university days may be long behind you but official certifications, such as the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certificate, will enable you to name a higher salary. Once obtained, keep on top of any certifications to show that your knowledge is up-to-date and that you place great emphasis on continued professional development.

3. Client-side technologies

Get involved in generating creative, interactive and professional-looking web applications to demonstrate your experience with client-side technologies such as CSS, JavaScript, HTML, Angular and React. Employers are increasingly interested in candidates who can build both sides of an application, with skills in Angular and React in particular high-demand.

4. Libraries and frameworks

Everyone has language knowledge. To seriously boost your .NET career, you must know libraries and frameworks as well. ASP.NET MVC is fast becoming an industry standard and candidates proficient in it are standing out.  

5. Agile methodologies

The days of the waterfall method and delivering full projects at once are long gone. .NET developers wanting to progress must be capable of dealing with agile methodologies, Test Driven Development (TDD), Behavioural Driven Development (BDD) and DevOps tools.

6. SQL skills

.NET developers advanced in database technology are considered more useful by businesses looking to recruit. Brush up on your SQL skills including Microsoft SQL and Oracle. Be aware that NoSQL databases, such as CouchDB, MongoDB and Microsoft Cosmos DB are also becoming increasingly common.

7. Microsoft MVP

The one and only Microsoft Most Valuable Professional status immediately tells potential employers that you are the cream of the crop and we are gradually seeing .NET candidates with this status achieve increases in status and salary. It demonstrates your commitment to the profession and to the .NET community, and employers love it.

8. Soft skills

Often overlooked, but candidates who have taken the time to develop soft skills are more attractive to employers and perform better during interviews. Actively seek projects that will require strong communication skills, demonstrate your proactivity and show your adaptability at working with different people and departments.

9. People management skills

Senior .NET developer jobs often involve people management. Develop these skills by attending management development courses and volunteering for opportunities that will see you leading teams in both your professional and personal life.


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If you are looking to take the next step in your .NET developer career, contact our .NET recruitment specialists today. We can match you with the opportunities that will develop your skills, increase your salary and take your career to the next level.

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