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10 valuable CV/resume skills you develop as a gamer ๐ŸŽฎ

10 valuable CV/resume skills you develop as a gamer –

Introduction ๐Ÿ‘‹

In recent years, gaming and esports has exploded as a popular hobby. ๐Ÿ’ฅ

There are an estimated 2.96 billion gamers worldwide!

Gaming can be really fun, sociable, and creative. ๐Ÿคฉ


Did you know?

Gaming helps you to develop skills that are really useful for your CV/resume and job interviews! ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ผ

Below are our top 10 skills you develop as a gamer. ๐ŸŽฎ

You can use these examples to sell yourself on a CV – or in job interviews! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

1. Problem solving ๐Ÿค”

Games give constant problems and puzzles for you to solve! ๐Ÿงฉ

This helps you to develop your problem solving skills. ๐Ÿง 

Examples of where you could’ve been a good problem solver include:

  • Not giving up when you’re given a really difficult problem ๐Ÿ’ช
  • Trying different things to solve a problem ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ
  • Planning ahead how you want to solve a problem ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ
  • Being open-minded about different solutions ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ
  • Assessing how well different solutions worked ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ
  • Being positive when facing problems โ˜€๏ธ
  • Getting help from other people to solve a problem ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘

How to be good at problem solving ๐Ÿค”

2. Communication ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ

Gaming can be really sociable, and help you to develop your communication skills.

This can be through things like:

  • Meeting new people on online games and building confidence with meeting people ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ
  • Using different tones of voice when using your microphone in games ๐ŸŽค
  • Speaking clearly so other people can hear and understand you ๐Ÿ‘‚
  • Getting straight to the point (not waffling) in high pressure situations ๐Ÿ˜จ
  • Typing to people in games so that they understand โŒจ๏ธ
  • Resolving arguments over games ๐Ÿ˜ 
  • Celebrating and encouraging other players ๐Ÿฅณ
  • Working in a team ๐Ÿ™Œ
  • Collaborating with other players ๐Ÿค
  • Persuading other players ๐Ÿ˜
  • Teaching other players and helping them out ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ

Every job that you have, will involve working with at least one other person. – So having good communication skills is always going to be useful for employers!

3. Leadership ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ผ

If you play games within a team, there might be times where you have to help direct the other players.

This shows leadership qualities – which employers are desperate for! ๐Ÿคฉ

You could demonstrate leadership qualities through doing things like:

  • Helping to resolve arguments between players ๐Ÿค
  • Making sure that everyone feels included ๐Ÿ”—
  • Helping the group to make decisions ๐Ÿง 
  • Coaching other players and helping them to get better ๐ŸŽ‰
  • Motivating the team when games aren’t going well ๐Ÿค—

4. Teamwork ๐Ÿ™Œ

If you play games within a team, you get to develop your teamwork skills!

Pretty much anywhere you work will involve working in a team – so employers love to see good teamwork skills! ๐Ÿคฉ

You could demonstrate “team player” qualities through doing things like:

  • Being committed to your team ๐Ÿ”—
  • Supporting other team members ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘
  • Being flexible and adaptable, to help the team reach their goals ๐Ÿ†
  • Not trying to embarrass or show up other people in the team ๐Ÿ™Œ
  • Celebrating diversity and different perspectives in the team ๐Ÿฅณ

5. Negotiation/Persuasion ๐Ÿค

Whether it’s:

  • Convincing other players to listen to your ideas ๐Ÿ‘‚
  • Negotiating a later bedtime to game for longer! ๐ŸŒƒ
  • Persuading friends to help you on a game ๐ŸŽฎ
  • Trading character items on game stores ๐Ÿ”€
  • Selling game consoles ๐Ÿท๏ธ

Games help you to develop negotiation and persuasion skills. ๐Ÿค

These are also skills that employers really want, which you can use to sell yourself in a job interview!

How to be persuasive๐Ÿ˜

6. Resilience ๐Ÿ‹๏ธ

How angry do you get when you lose a game? ๐Ÿ˜ก

Gaming teaches you how to lose – and be okay with it!

Setbacks help you to become more resilient. ๐Ÿ’ช

Being resilient is a valuable skill that employers are really keen for. ๐Ÿคฉ

If you’re a resilient person, it means that at work if you get stuck or encounter a problem, you won’t give up! ๐Ÿ™Œ

More than ever workplaces are looking for employees who are resilient and won’t give up at the first hurdle.

7. IT skills ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป

Network issues, storage issues, game performance, game updates…

Gamers come across a LOT of tech issues. ๐Ÿ’ป

Gamers tend to naturally become good at things like:

  • Typing speed โŒจ๏ธ
  • Fixing computer issues ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ
  • Using computer peripherals e.g. mice/keyboards/headsets/storage ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ

Tech skills are valuable at pretty much any job – so it’s great to highlight these on your CV/resume!

8. Risk assessment/decision making ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿญ

When you make decisions about your character in a game, you’re constantly assessing how much risk you’re going to put them in. ๐Ÿง—โ€โ™€๏ธ

Because you’re constantly practicing making difficult decisions – gaming might actually help you to make better decisions! ๐Ÿง 

Employers love it when you can demonstrate good decision making skills – so it’s great to highlight these on your CV/resume!

9. Concentration ๐Ÿ‘€

If you’re a fan of a long gaming sesh – you’re able to concentrate on one task for long periods of time. โŒš

This can be a great skill to sell in a job interview!

Employers are always looking for people who can stay on task, without getting distracted. ๐Ÿฅด

10. Time management โŒš

Whether it’s:

  • making a decision under time pressure ๐Ÿค”
  • achieving goals within a time limit ๐Ÿ†
  • or working out how many games you can fit in before dinner โŒ›

gaming helps you to learn how to manage your time!

Time management is a skill that employers really want, which you can use to sell yourself in a job interview!

Conclusion ๐Ÿ‘

So that’s it!

Hopefully you’re feeling more confident about the kinds of skills you can develop as a gamer. ๐ŸŽฎ

If you know any friends or family members who might benefit from learning about valuable skills that gamers develop, share this post with them!

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