World of Warcraft Helps with Job Application

A handful of job seekers are listing achievements in video games such as the popular role-playing platform “World of Warcraft” on their résumés, betting that virtual-world accomplishments will impress the employers in real life.

“World of Warcraft” players complete quests as warlocks, druids or other class of soldier and battle monsters in a fantasy world, recruiting other soldiers, training team members and developing strategies for missions. Prominent fans include Stephen Gillett, chief operating officer of Symantec.  and a former chief information officer at Starbucks.

Some players say the game’s tasks aren’t that different from the duties of the modern office job.

That was the view of Heather Newman, who included her Warcraft experience on the résumé that helped land her current job as director of marketing and communications for the University of Michigan’s School of Information. Ms. Newman noted that she has managed guilds of as many as 500 people and organized large-scale raids of 25 to 40 players to complete tasks for several hours four to five days a week.

Playing applications on their phones to leading a charge against hordes of enemies online, students often play video games to relieve stress and gain pure enjoyment. On a certain level games are just plain games. The purpose of video games is to bring happiness to the users. Some video games, however, bring more to the table. Such is the case with Ms. Newman. John Kim (11) believes that video games can help with certain job applications since “managing and communicating with a large group of diverse people is exactly what [one] does in certain video games.”

Students like Sean Kim (12) believes that video games do not contribute much when applying to professional jobs. Sean Kim thinks that “students should not mention this kind of detail in a job application and depend on it to get that job.” Applying for jobs are meant to be a professional, not a place to boost about virtual achievements. Christina Cheng (12) agrees with Sean Kim in that games that “career applications are meant to serious and filled with important information.”

Certain jobs that involve heavy management might find video game skills beneficial. Although, students that want to take the safe route of having a professional job application should not mention video games when they apply.