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Do you ever wish you could add your videogame achievments to your CV?

BurnTheActionBurnTheAction Registered User regular
edited March 2009 in Games and Technology
Ok so as a recently unemployed chap looking for work i've been putting a lot more time into my 360 than previously. Clearing up achievments here and there, putting in some real effort to push for some of the harder ones etc.

This got me thinking, will there ever come a time when it becomes accepted that these skills can be added to a CV. I mean sure you often see sports interests, musical tendencies and various other activities added to a CV, to show you can excel in other areas, and that the skills needed in these pursuits can be transfered to the workplace.

Why not 'Completed COD4 on Veteran', '1000 gamerscored fallout3'... if anything these are clear examples of your grit, determination, resilience under pressure, ability to stick at a task and provide results. Perhaps one day, when games take some other form, some sort of star trek holodeck type experience or something, these abilities will be able to be discussed in a job application!

...or maybe im spending far too much time playing and not job hunting

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I would not hire you.

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    StaleStale Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I would straight up hire a dude with the right XBL achievements.



    "I don't care if you can code Java..... you got all 50 in both Dead Rising AND Viva Pinata? Can you start monday?"

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    chamberlainchamberlain Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    HAHhahaha.

    Awesome? Yes.

    Meaningful in any way? No.

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    BurnTheActionBurnTheAction Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Someone with all achievments in Dead Rising would certainly show hardcore dedication to their cause

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    EndomaticEndomatic Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Maybe one day. Probably not though.

    I don't know anyone who went in for an IT position, claimed he could play the guitar, and then receive the job based on that skill.

    If it were ever profitable to have people play video games so your company could make money, then yes, that would be appropriate, unfortunately, it probably won't happen.

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    mere_immortalmere_immortal So tasty!Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    No. Just no.

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    chamberlainchamberlain Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I think a Rock Bank competition should be part of any interview process.

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    BurnTheActionBurnTheAction Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    certainly would show manual dexterity and ability to think under pressure.... transferable skills are what its all about

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    StaleStale Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Endomatic wrote: »
    Maybe one day. Probably not though.

    I don't know anyone who went in for an IT position, claimed he could play the guitar, and then receive the job based on that skill.

    If it were ever profitable to have people play video games so your company could make money, then yes, that would be appropriate, unfortunately, it probably won't happen.

    actually, the attention to detail and dedication needed is a very good sign of a persons aptitude.



    Like I said, I would take things like that into consideration.

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    TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I must be falling behind in video game terms, because I have no fucking clue what CV stands for.

    Castlevania?

    EDIT: OOOOOh, a resume

    No, I can honestly say I've never, in my entire life, wished I could add achievements to my resume.

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    mere_immortalmere_immortal So tasty!Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Stale wrote: »
    Endomatic wrote: »
    Maybe one day. Probably not though.

    I don't know anyone who went in for an IT position, claimed he could play the guitar, and then receive the job based on that skill.

    If it were ever profitable to have people play video games so your company could make money, then yes, that would be appropriate, unfortunately, it probably won't happen.

    actually, the attention to detail and dedication needed is a very good sign of a persons aptitude.



    Like I said, I would take things like that into consideration.

    Thing is I doubt that most recruiters, unless its for an IT/related position wouldn't care how long you sat in front of a tv to kill a certain amount of zombies, or even know what Dead Rising is.

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    CangoFettCangoFett Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Routinely supervised groups of 40+ in extensive projects, along with large resource management

    Led Onyxia Raids

    Which sounds better?



    Furthermore, I was ranked 20th in Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow, and 1st in Dystopia. I also tied the speed run record for Level 1 of Perfect Dark. I feel like that should count for something.

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    LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I must be falling behind in video game terms, because I have no fucking clue what CV stands for.

    Castlevania?

    EDIT: OOOOOh, a resume

    No, I can honestly say I've never, in my entire life, wished I could add achievements to my resume.

    Curriculum Vitae, aka "résumé."

    And if I were hiring somebody, seeing that they got all 1000 points in something like Dead Rising or CoD4 would sincerely say to me, "This person will do things that they most likely despise in order to gain arbitrary, ultimately useless recognition." Whether that's a positive or negative might depend on the job I'm hiring for!

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    BurnTheActionBurnTheAction Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Stale wrote: »
    Endomatic wrote: »
    Maybe one day. Probably not though.

    I don't know anyone who went in for an IT position, claimed he could play the guitar, and then receive the job based on that skill.

    If it were ever profitable to have people play video games so your company could make money, then yes, that would be appropriate, unfortunately, it probably won't happen.

    actually, the attention to detail and dedication needed is a very good sign of a persons aptitude.



    Like I said, I would take things like that into consideration.

    Thing is I doubt that most recruiters, unless its for an IT/related position wouldn't care how long you sat in front of a tv to kill a certain amount of zombies, or even know what Dead Rising is.


    the question is, as games become more and more part of the fabric of society and rise in social acceptability, as is likely to happen as technology takes more and more steps towards true interactive experiences, will your effectiveness in these games become something a recruiter would look at. Look at it if you will that instead of providing you with an assesment day, your scores in a released product will provide the recruiter with a means to assess you

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    StaleStale Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Stale wrote: »
    Endomatic wrote: »
    Maybe one day. Probably not though.

    I don't know anyone who went in for an IT position, claimed he could play the guitar, and then receive the job based on that skill.

    If it were ever profitable to have people play video games so your company could make money, then yes, that would be appropriate, unfortunately, it probably won't happen.

    actually, the attention to detail and dedication needed is a very good sign of a persons aptitude.



    Like I said, I would take things like that into consideration.

    Thing is I doubt that most recruiters, unless its for an IT/related position wouldn't care how long you sat in front of a tv to kill a certain amount of zombies, or even know what Dead Rising is.

    Granted, and obviously if they were applying to work for me it would be night and day different then if they were applying to a more cookie-cutter software dev job

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    Chrono HelixChrono Helix Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    'Strives to do things in as time-efficient a manner as possible'

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    mere_immortalmere_immortal So tasty!Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    'Strives to do things in as time-efficient a manner as possible'

    "Manages large groups of individuals to strict time schedules"

    Make sure my friends get to the movies in time.

    Really, if you have an "interests" section on your CV put video games in there, or for instance you really like rock band "playing the drums", but I believe individual scores/achievements should only be brought up if your prospective employer is interested in any way.

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    solsovlysolsovly Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Maybe real video game achievements (i.e. national whatever champion) , not gamer score.

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    Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    The actual content of the 'outside interests' section of a C.V. means dick all anyway. What it does show is your ability to write in a competent manner, an example of your ability to sales pitch yourself and your willingness to play the game with HR bullshit.

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    SyphonBlueSyphonBlue The studying beaver That beaver sure loves studying!Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    This might be the dumbest thing I've read in a long, long time. Never in 3 million years will video game achievements ever be okay to put on a resume. Even a video game industry resume.

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    EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    edited March 2009
    And that's a great point to end this thread at.

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