January 28, 2014, 8:40 PM — Typos are potentially deadly for all resumes, but are absolutely fatal for two professions in particular: writers and developers.
Brian Kelly, vice president of engineering for TimeTrade Systems, tells The Huffington Post that developers who submit a resume with errors are broadcasting one message: As goes my resume, so goes my code.
"Experienced technical hiring managers will quickly evaluate the precision with which a programmer uses language in their resume, and they will extend that impression to the candidate's programming skills," Kelly says. "When the hiring manager sees your typos, they have unpleasant visions of the many bugs you would create in their applications."
Another hidden tell that says a lot about the candidate: excessive length.
Kelly says tech pros who submit lengthy, exhaustive resumes are putting one thought in hiring managers' minds: "the candidate probably never revisits existing code to refactor it. The idea of editing a complex routine to break it up into simpler constituent parts for better maintainability and readability is apparently not something that they naturally want to do. After all, they've been adding to their resume's content for years without revisiting it, so why would anyone expect them to do the same with their code?"
Kelly notes a resume in desperate need of an edit also suggests a person who has trouble prioritizing.
"In today's world, where engineers frequently have to juggle numerous projects, prioritization skills are necessary," he says.
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