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I recently hired a couple of people for the first time in my life. It was an eye-opening experience. Resumes are almost worthless. It's so easy to take credit for someone else's work on a resume. Write about all the cool stuff the product did when you actually just implemented some trivial feature. It's pretty easy to figure this out in the interview, but it takes time and sometimes you have to ask pushy questions.

Skill lists are almost meaningless. You wouldn't believe how many people claim to know C++ but start writing Java syntax on the board when you ask them to code something.

Basically, the problem isn't you, it's other people. It doesn't matter how good your open source portfolio is; the only 100% reliable way to judge someone's coding ability is to put them on the spot. There are too many "embellishers" in the world.

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