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I am currently a software engineer.Its the start of my career.What choices do I make to become an ideal candidate for the HR/Interviewers,when I apply for interviews after leaving this job? Should I do a lot of late sittings? Should I try to learn multiple programming languages?Should I focus on only one programming language ? Any other important suggestions? I would appreciate answers from interviewers or HR.Anything I could do during this job to increase my value for hr and technical interviewers .Experienced advice is appreciated.

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closed as off topic by THelper, Dennis S., Jeanne Boyarsky Mar 25 '13 at 22:37

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I don't think this question has much to do with personal productivity. I don't know if it is on topic for Workplace.SE but you'll probably get more answers there. – THelper Mar 25 '13 at 10:28

Improving your writing would be a good start. You have spaces missing after full stops, and spaces before a question mark, and even no space after one. It's probably the single most common reason I have seen people bin developer CVs. Sorry if that seems harsh, but the point has to be made.

Second to that, there are two very different people you have to appeal to:

  1. The agent: This person is looking to make money by getting you hired. Many agencies are limited in how many candidates they can put forward to interview for each role. They therefore weigh up the risk of you not taking the job with the probability you'll be offered the job (and take it). The more likely you appear to want the job, and be a suitable candidate, the more likely you are to be one of their (limited) candidates they can put forward for an interview.

  2. The employer: Here you have an even tougher challenge because you can't know whether an employer is looking for a workhorse or a skilled craftsman. My advice would be to try model yourself on the sort of job you'd like. If you want to be a craftsman, hone your skills and work on publicly visible things that you can use to demonstrate that skill. If you're looking to broaden your skills and learn new technologies, focus on how quickly you can pick things up and become proficient with them.

Above all else, try stay true to your passion; some people work their entire lives and have no joy in their jobs. 5/7 days is a lot of time to not enjoy what you're doing. Employers like to see people who haven't lost their "spark".

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