Having run several guilds in the past, I have always tried to help my guildies in game and outside of it. A part of the philosophy of leadership is not to tell people what to do, but to empower people to do things. I was also working on my college thesis on World of Warcraft and how it can help mitigate the effects of disabilities that affect communication (autistic spectrum disorders often come to mind). One part of my paper mentioned using MMOs as a tool for employment.
While many employers today dismiss video games as an unnecessary distraction, a growing number of academics and employers are not counting out the gaming experience. For instance, Stephen Gillett, who has held chief executive positions at major companies such as Symantec and Starbucks, put his World of Warcraft experience on his own resume.
A guildie of mine mentioned to me that he was applying for a job, so I helped him put the game on his resume without a single mention of the game itself. Here’s how we “placed” the game on his resume.
Data Entry Team Leader – Remote, 2009-present
- Organized and supervised a team of 25 people located across multiple time zones and continents to meet daily objectives
- Recruited and integrated new members into team
Conducted weekly performance evaluations of team members
Researched and implemented strategies with team members to improve overall performance of entering data
Handled questions and resolved disputes among team members
World of Warcraft players come from all walks of life. I’ve had guildies who have held jobs from retail sales to nuclear physicist. They each bring something fresh to the table and their experiences cannot be discounted. An MMO guild is structured much like a company is and membership in a guild is much like having a job. You’re part of a team and your contributions matter – they can even make or break the guild sometimes.
World of Warcraft has many parts that can apply to the real world. “Good, competent guild leaders could take those organizational skills and organize workplace teams. Raiding members genuinely learn how to work with diverse sets of guild mates have the potential to be better team members in the office,” said Dana Herrera, Professor of Anthropology at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Should World of Warcraft be on your resume? Although it may not be a good idea, the times are changing. If you can spin the language in such a way that gets you to the interview and answer questions well in the interview, it could be a great asset in your resume.