Coders….they write code. They don’t write resumes day in day out. When they do write a resume….they aren’t writing it to win a contest.
We clearly have fundamental differences in our viewpoints. You have a narrow concept of a coder: “coders just need to code”. Whereas I see it as a part of a whole. It’s not just a piece of code but something that impacts a customer need or supports a business process. And from that perspective, it’s not only about getting it done, but how you get it done and the attention to detail put into the process and the final product (which may vary of importance depending on the business). Ever since I started coding 12 years ago, later when I worked as a software project manager and today as CTO of startup… I have never encountered a job where coders do not require any other skill set besides writing code. Perhaps it has been the places I had worked but that reality you describe is hard for me to visualize. That reasoning, to me, is like saying that an uber driver only needs to be good at driving.. and that if you try to evaluate if that person can follow directions on google maps that person can reply: “ What? That’s irrelevant!! I’m not a a cartographer”.
You go through a lot of trouble explaining how even running a spell check and having other people proofread it doesn’t assure you error-free resume. Of course it doesn't. Nothing does. But what you’re not seeing is that those two things by themselves already eliminate the huge majority of mistakes we are talking about. Nobody’s talking about evaluating resumes as if they are an academic paper. I do not believe the author is saying — and I am certainly not — some hiring manager looks at a programmer’s resume and says: “Hmm.. I do not appreciate how this candidate is using faulty parallelism and, to be honest, he/she just has too many equally weighted phrases”. We are talking about people having “I impliment a traking sale systems on a cofee retailer”. And if you don’t have access to google docs, or MS Word to run a spell check on that (meaning you wrote your resume on Notepad?) then, is a programming position really what you should be looking for?