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March 24, 2006

WoW work references are getting scary

OK, so Joi Ito started it all by saying WoW qualified you for work with his post.

Then we have a wired article:

A Wired article by John Seely Brown about World of Warcraft and what you learn when you play it.

And that's exactly what Gillett is doing. He accepted Yahoo!'s offer and now works there as senior director of engineering operations. "I used to worry about not having what I needed to get a job done," he says. "Now I think of it like a quest; by being willing to improvise, I can usually find the people and resources I need to accomplish the task." His story - translating experience in the virtual world into success in the real one - is bound to become more common as the gaming audience explodes and gameplay becomes more sophisticated. The day may not be far off when companies receive résumés that include a line reading "level 60 tauren shaman in World of Warcraft."

Now we have the final list of resume builder activities from Ross Mayfield:

As an employer I'm starting to look for some extracurricular qualifiers:

* Wiki use, of course
* Playing a role in World of Warcraft
* Blogging as context that goes beyond the resume and a sign of a good communicator
* Participation in ad-hoc events like BarCamp and Wiki Wednesday
* A basic level of connectivity in LinkedIn, but more importantly a pattern that shows valued connections, not trying to connect with everyone
* I actually think interests listed at the bottom of a resume like international travel or the outdoors still count for something

How funny that WoW, LinkedIn, wiki use, etc. are becoming part of the work lexicon.

Posted by Chris at March 24, 2006 10:36 AM