Would you include the fact that you're a gamer on your CV?

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  • Murbal 28 Feb 2006 09:50:57 22,039 posts
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    "I enjoy travelling, running, reading, and stroking my DS"
  • Ginger 28 Feb 2006 09:51:24 6,829 posts
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    not really, depends if it's relevant to the job I guess

    London open taekwondo champion

  • Hicksy 28 Feb 2006 09:52:27 2,593 posts
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    Yes I would

    Because I'm proud :D

    and perhaps a bit stupid :o
  • w00t 28 Feb 2006 09:53:09 11,062 posts
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    Yes.

    The day charity died - NEVER FORGET

    (the mic was OK in the end)

  • smoothpete 28 Feb 2006 09:57:58 31,450 posts
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    I have done in the past, but now I leave off all personal interests for the sake of keeping the CV within 2 pages
  • thehat 28 Feb 2006 10:01:32 1,833 posts
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    It was a reference to Gran Turismo that was partly responsible for getting me the interview at my current job.
  • Teeth 28 Feb 2006 10:03:15 7,987 posts
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    Truk wrote:
    Work in the industry. Be really stupid to miss it off ;)

    Comin' at y'all wid da plus 1 vibe!
  • Pike 28 Feb 2006 10:04:32 13,446 posts
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    No, I wouldn't. Not because I'm in any way ashamed of my gaming, but I don't think it's relevant information.
  • Merlinho 28 Feb 2006 10:06:43 5,909 posts
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    Well I had it on my CV when applying for industry jobs, I even toyed with adding cool pics of random game characters.

    But then I thought no.

    Got the job, took it off when applying for accountancy jobs though, it wasn't relevant, better to have things about teamsports etc.
  • deem 28 Feb 2006 10:08:53 31,641 posts
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  • Murbal 28 Feb 2006 10:12:22 22,039 posts
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    deem wrote:
    My C.V had/has Goldeneye in my 'likes' section. But then It also has 'smoking' 'drinking' and 'spending money', so don't listen to me.

    Sounds like an interesting read though!
  • deem 28 Feb 2006 10:19:56 31,641 posts
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  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 28 Feb 2006 10:21:00 7,007 posts
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    I wouldn't put it but then I don't put reading either as it's pointless. You may as well put "watching tele, eating, breathing". If it's for an industry job then yes put it. Otherwise forget it.
  • Merlinho 28 Feb 2006 10:22:48 5,909 posts
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    Arrgghh call the UN!
  • deem 28 Feb 2006 10:29:04 31,641 posts
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  • w00t 28 Feb 2006 10:29:23 11,062 posts
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    DEEM SMASH!

    The day charity died - NEVER FORGET

    (the mic was OK in the end)

  • Murbal 28 Feb 2006 10:32:47 22,039 posts
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    "I enjoy travelling, running, reading, stroking my DS, and people fighting on videogame forums using harsh language instead of boxing gloves"
  • mwtb 28 Feb 2006 10:34:03 2,381 posts
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    I haven't put personal interests on a CV since I had some actual job experience. It's only really useful for people fresh out of school or university to provide some filler and potential lines of interview questioning.

    I'm sure there are people out there who look for team-sport hobbies or whatever on CVs because they're a member of the local rugby club and it's therefore an obvious sign of excellence, but I always find it a little sad to see CVs from people in their late 20s and up that have "Hobbies: football, reading, films" tacked on at the end. That said, I wouldn't consider it any more or less sad if it said "computer gaming".
  • deem 28 Feb 2006 10:41:45 31,641 posts
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  • marilena 28 Feb 2006 10:42:39 8,198 posts
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    Like mwtb says, the Hobby section on CVs is only for people with little experience. I did put games there once, but then it was a job as a game journalist, so it was relevant.
  • JackThompsonsAnArse 28 Feb 2006 10:45:50 1,441 posts
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    mwtb wrote:

    I haven't put personal interests on a CV since I had some actual job experience. It's only really useful for people fresh out of school or university to provide some filler and potential lines of interview questioning.

    I'm sure there are people out there who look for team-sport hobbies or whatever on CVs because they're a member of the local rugby club and it's therefore an obvious sign of excellence, but I always find it a little sad to see CVs from people in their late 20s and up that have "Hobbies: football, reading, films" tacked on at the end. That said, I wouldn't consider it any more or less sad if it said "computer gaming".

    As an interviewer, I'd suggest that personal interests are important to put on a CV.

    I (and I know many others) look to these as an insight to what makes a person tick. I know within 5 minutes of most interviews whether a person can do the job or not, I spend the rest of the time either:

    - Confirming this, and probing to see if I / the company could work with them
    - Confirming they're numpties (basically giving them a chance to redeem themselves)

    CVs are sifted before this, and, when faced with 20 CVs that are near-identical, things like your personal interests can really put you to the top of the list.

    Of course, there are those interests you shouldn't put on your CV....
  • deem 28 Feb 2006 10:53:53 31,641 posts
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  • marilena 28 Feb 2006 11:00:21 8,198 posts
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    deem wrote:

    Well, yes and no, something people fail to understand is that every industry is vastly different. There is nothing to stop you tailoring your C.V to suit each job you go for.

    Oh, I always tailored my CV specifically for each job I applied to. I only applied to three or four jobs in my life, mind.
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