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5-07-2011 @ 8:49AM
I used to run a writing community online, a very old (by internet standards), well-populated one, and I had to ask myself whether to include it on my resume because to the uninformed it sounded like I spent my free time writing crappy poetry in front of a computer instead of doing something "real" when in reality it was a 20+ hour a week job I didn't get paid for, trying to appease an impossible editorial staff and a cadre of writers who really, really cared about the place without having any actual power to get anything done.Nowadays if I were in that position, I would include it without thinking twice. Attitudes about the internet have changed. It's gotten an edge of seriousness to it now that it didn't have 7 or 8 years ago.WoW is sort of the same thing, plus the added stigma of it being a GAME, and it's in the same place now that my old website was in then. So no, categorically no, I would NOT include WoW on my resume. Even if I knew the people I would end up working with gamed I would just mention it in the interview and not put it on paper. In 10 years? MAYBE. But even then I'd have a hard time conflating the two.
5-07-2011 @ 8:11PM
I think it also depends on what part of the world you're job hunting, and to what company you're applying.There are a lot of places in the U.S. where you could mention your college sports affiliation and that would be enough to get you in the door, or you could spend your interview discussing NASCAR as a way of connecting with the interviewees. Those aren't the sort of places where you'd want to mention that you play WoW, even though they may spend a lot more time on their hobby than you do. The stigma of the 'nerdy activity' still reins supreme in a lot of locales.
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