As mentioned, yes somewhat true but still have to be able to coach.
Are we jaded a bit? Why is you statement somewhat true? Because people do the hiring actually highly value references from individuals they know and respect, and can rely on for an accurate evaluation of a job candidate. That's how the real world works. You can whine about it, and work within reality, or you can put the blame on something other than yourself. Everyone has to maximize the credentials to get hired in the position they want.