When recruiters and HR shift through rrésumés, what they’re looking for is relevance. Sometimes that relevance comes in the form of past or side projects. These projects are much more concrete than a giant list of potentially relevant experience that may or may not be real.
Projects always show real experience. Some coders who have never gotten a comp sci degree might know algorithms concepts in an applied way. They might be able to explain it to you by drawing a picture, writing a piece of code but they won’t know any jargons. That’s okay I think. These coders are the ones you don’t pay premium for who has real passion for coding as loves to learn. There’s a trainability issue that’s linked to potential that you were alluding to. Coders who are trainable and can improve their skills will eventually be cheaper than a star coder who stays at same level.. loved this article.. quite inspired by it as you can see!