Would You Put WoW On Your Resume?
Somewhen, somewhere I read about employers encouraging applicants to list their gaming achievements on their resume. Now I don’t know about you but I’m not sure writing that you neglected feeding your cat in order to complete Super Mario Bros back in ‘86 or that you can absolutely destroy your son at Tekken is really going to guarantee you an interview. But MMORPGs are different. They actually do teach you important skills which could be useful in a job. Right?
I think so. Being a guild leader is tough and actually teaches a lot of important skills like managing staff (your guild mates), the art of negotiation (player conflicts), resource management (loot distribution), time management (finishing the raid before your main tank’s bed time) and how to fire your staff (turning down people for raids). In fact, being a guild leader is a heck of a lot like being a manager in an office (a cross between a Drill sergeant, a school teacher and a babysitter) and ironically most guild leaders tend to manage bigger teams that a lot of real life managers do. 60 people in your guild? 25 people on your raid? We’re talking department level heads here at least.
A couple of years ago my office was hiring a new developer and I remember filtering through several resumes to try and find the right candidate. One developer in particular caught my eye because his resume stood out from the crowd – he had actually listed his World of Warcraft hobby and achievements on it, immediately making his CV a lot more interesting. I was impressed by his candor and honesty and, sharing a common interest, figured he might be the guy we were looking for… Well, he didn’t get the job which kinda makes me wish I hadn’t started this story but hell, you get the picture, right?
I used to be embarrassed about my gaming hobbies but I’m not any more. You see, gaming is cool. We’re cool. And we’re the guys hiring now. All of those 30 something middle managers you see in offices are the same guys who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, hooked on Mario, Sonic and Doom and now they’re your potential new boss. I think any gamer could appreciate the hard work required to organise a raid or lead a guild and given how much of a global phenomenon World of Warcraft is now, it’s not like MMORPGs are a small and unknown niche. Chances are your new boss plays WoW already.
So would you list your WoW achievements on your CV? I say what the heck, go for it. But don’t quote me on that.