It’s been perfectly acceptable for years to list certain leisure activities on a resume, such as golf, bridge or even poker. But what about some of the more
modern and digital pursuits — say World of Warcraft, Minecraft or fantasy baseball?
Some avid video gamers are starting to include their gaming prowess on their resumes and LinkedIn profiles. After all, many young people enjoy video gaming
instead of traditional leisure pursuits including golf and tennis, which have seen their popularity take a dive.
Catering to this audience, YouTube recently agreed to pay $1 billion for the game-oriented video service twitch TV, which claims to have more than 55 million
visitors per month. [Note: On August 25 Amazon (AMZN) announced it had agreed to buy Twitch for almost $1 billion, surprising many who assumed a
Google/Twitch partnership was a done deal.] And to succeed at a multi-player game like World of Warcraft requires skills that are also relevant in many
business jobs in fields such as finance and IT.
Still, excluding people who work at video game companies, less than 2,000 have mentioned World of Warcraft on their resumes on LinkedIn. More than 250,000
people list chess on their LinkedIn profile, mostly in the fields of IT, computer software and finance. That beats the 116,000 who list golfing skills,
mainly in the fields of finance, real estate and marketing and advertising. Poker is less common, listed on only 43,000 profiles, and about half are people
who work in the gaming industry. The rest, about 22,000, are concentrated in IT, advertising, and marketing and finance.
“I knew that Heather could ‘talk geek’ and that she would get where many of our students were coming from,” said Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason, dean of the U-M
School of Information.
John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology, an information-technology staffing division of the Robert Half recruiting firm, said he has
seen few résumés that mention game skills. He added that his clients haven’t sought hires with game experience.