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Gaming Skills to List on Resume

JHB 246 April 16, 2011 at 12:48 PM in Question
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I'm baaacck. You all have helped me over the last few years with gift ideas for my teen son. Well, now I'm back with more questions and hoping for your help.

We are working on a resume for my 17 year old son to begin applying for summer jobs. He has only one previous work experience - last summer as a lifeguard. Naturally we'll be listing that, his academic record, and his sports.

For applications at gaming and electronic stores, I think it would be good to include his hobby of gaming. Son is an X-box gamer with many, many hours per week. Here's where I would love your suggestions:
  1. What do you CALL this? Gaming? Social Gaming?
  2. I don't think we should literaly list titles of games, but maybe a sweeping statement about types of games. What he plays mostly are all the various sports, race, and the shoot-em-up stuff. What are the generic names for that last category?
  3. What would be good skills to list?
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Ability to make quick decisions under pressure
  • Good deductive reasoning and critical thinking skills
Any CONSTRUCTIVE ideas appreciated! (But some mocking will naturally be tolerated!)laugh out loud

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Dress appropriately for the interview since the first impression is the key to success.

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Perhaps maybe just stating a fair share of knowledge about current games and upcoming titles. Adding those things you listed to a resume doesn't really make it any more attractive, but instead seems a little off-putting.
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recommend just a brief one-liner about how he keeps up with current technology and releases so he'd be a well-informed employee. nothing about actual gaming
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recommend just a brief one-liner about how he keeps up with current technology and releases so he'd be a well-informed employee. nothing about actual gaming
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say that he is an avid Xbox 360 gamer and that he is knowledgeable about upcoming and current releases. he might also want to polish up on gaming news and info before dropping of a resume and/or doing an interview.

although, to be fair, knowing anything about any sort of game doesn't seem to be a prerequisite to work at electronics or video game stores.
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I work as a recruiter, and own a resume consulting/writing business, and this isn't something I'd recommend including in the resume itself. Use the cover letter to address his gaming experience when applying to a game store - better yet, have him start visiting any of the stores to which he might apply and ask questions about games/hardware/whatever. If he can become chummy with some of the employees, and then ask if they're hiring, he'll have a much better chance of scoring an interview.
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I work in a management position and interview 60-80 college students a year as part of my company's on-campus recruiting efforts. Part of that includes standing in the booth at job fairs and talking to literally 100's of students a day. The kind of jobs your son is applying for, a resume and a cover letter are a nice touch. I guarantee that minimum wage type jobs for retail positions, even in this economy, don't typically involve a resume and cover letter.

I wouldn't talk about his love of gaming and whatnot in the resume. I'd include it in the cover letter specifically focused on Gamestop. I'd mention his gamerscore. I'm totally guessing here, but I'd think that Gamestop and similar stores are more interested in employees who play a broad variety of games and are knowledgeable on a lot of different games than someone who spends 4-6 hours a day playing one or two games. (Call of Duty for example)

My general comments for a young kid looking for a job...
- Eye contact and confidence are HUGE. He's looking for a job in customer service. He needs to be friendly, well-spoken, affable, etc.
- Very often when going in to apply for a job like this he's going to speak with the interviewing manager when he walks in. Make sure he's dressed for an immediate interview. Pair of khaki pants, shirt with a collar of some sort.
- If he's looking to maximize his earning potential he should consider waiting tables. He'll have to find a restaurant that doesn't serve alcohol because of his age, but I waited tables in high school after working a few customer service / cashier type jobs and found I could make significantly more.
- In the resume focus on anything he may have done that shows initiative. Did he mow lawns for money? Any volunteer activities? Any student clubs? I often interview kids who've never had a real job. Being active in student groups looks good provided he can actually explain what he does.

A final thought... A lot of people on this forum have posted at times that despite being a gamer they disliked working at a Gamestop. Be expected to be pushed constantly to upsell reservations for future games, warranties, etc. Best Buy and most electronics stores are going to be the same way.
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Why is there a resume in question here? Most gaming/electronics stores are pure applications Smilie
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Thanks - all good things to keep in mind. I've also gotten good advice from a couple close friends who are HR directors and in charge of a lot of hiring.

The reason for the resume is that job applications aren't really designed for high school students seeking their (almost) first job. We will, of course, submit the application. But attaching the resume provides the opportunity to get in information about his grades, class standing, and skills from other activities, such as sports. So it's just supplemental. Plus, that extra effort and information might conceivably distinguish him from another applicant to get him to the interview stage.

And by the way - the job market here for teens isn't very good with everyone cutting back. So he'll be applying at a wide variety of places - retail, electronics, grocery store, food service. We can customize the resume a bit for the given situation.

Besides it's good practice for later when he really does enter the job market as a professional.
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- If he's looking to maximize his earning potential he should consider waiting tables. He'll have to find a restaurant that doesn't serve alcohol because of his age, but I waited tables in high school after working a few customer service / cashier type jobs and found I could make significantly more.
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And by the way - the job market here for teens isn't very good with everyone cutting back. So he'll be applying at a wide variety of places - retail, electronics, grocery store, food service. We can customize the resume a bit for the given situation.
This made me really think...how come he left the life guard job? From what I know, all the kids that do that around here are making $14+ / hr...I had a buddy from college that did that when he was in HS and had $30k+ in the bank...he had enough money to buy his own house (enough for a down payment that is) near campus that him and some buddies lived in then for 3+ years.
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I worked for an engineering company and one candidate started talking about his WoW leadership skills to answer an interview question. He has been the case of "how not to answer an interview question" ever since.

Even if it is applicable in some way, I would never mention gaming unless it is for a game store and like bkrisher said, keep it to things that affect the job (stays current on new titles and industry trends, etc).
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Would this thread count for a count chocula cameo, or would the kid have to be employed first before he would appear?

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I really don't think a resume is necessary for a retail job. I know that on the GameStop application, for example, it asks you what your gaming and technology knowledge consists of, and things like that. I honestly don't think managers would even look at them, unless of course they're hiring at management level. Entry level, probably not.
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I'm baaacck. You all have helped me over the last few years with gift ideas for my teen son. Well, now I'm back with more questions and hoping for your help.

We are working on a resume for my 17 year old son to begin applying for summer jobs. He has only one previous work experience - last summer as a lifeguard. Naturally we'll be listing that, his academic record, and his sports.

For applications at gaming and electronic stores, I think it would be good to include his hobby of gaming. Son is an X-box gamer with many, many hours per week. Here's where I would love your suggestions:
  1. What do you CALL this? Gaming? Social Gaming?
  2. I don't think we should literaly list titles of games, but maybe a sweeping statement about types of games. What he plays mostly are all the various sports, race, and the shoot-em-up stuff. What are the generic names for that last category?
  3. What would be good skills to list?
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Ability to make quick decisions under pressure
  • Good deductive reasoning and critical thinking skills
Any CONSTRUCTIVE ideas appreciated! (But some mocking will naturally be tolerated!)laugh out loud
Good thing this is a son you are talking about. I hear that customers at Gamestop (probably other gaming stores as well) can be very condescending when working with female employees.
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I really don't think a resume is necessary for a retail job. I know that on the GameStop application, for example, it asks you what your gaming and technology knowledge consists of, and things like that. I honestly don't think managers would even look at them, unless of course they're hiring at management level. Entry level, probably not.
Sorry Damsel Wink
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