10 valuable CV/resume skills you develop as a gamer –
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In recent years, gaming and esports has exploded as a popular hobby. 💥
There are an estimated 2.96 billion gamers worldwide!
Gaming can be really fun, sociable, and creative. 🤩
Did you know?
Gaming helps you to develop skills that are really useful for your CV/resume and job interviews! 👩💼
Below are our top 10 skills you develop as a gamer. 🎮
You can use these examples to sell yourself on a CV – or in job interviews! 😎
1. Problem solving 🤔
Games give constant problems and puzzles for you to solve! 🧩
This helps you to develop your problem solving skills. 🧠
Examples of where you could’ve been a good problem solver include:
- Not giving up when you’re given a really difficult problem 💪
- Trying different things to solve a problem 🛠️
- Planning ahead how you want to solve a problem 🗺️
- Being open-minded about different solutions 🧘♀️
- Assessing how well different solutions worked 🕵️♀️
- Being positive when facing problems ☀️
- Getting help from other people to solve a problem 🧑🤝🧑
2. Communication 🎙️
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 🙋♀️
- Using different tones of voice when using your microphone in games 🎤
- Speaking clearly so other people can hear and understand you 👂
- Getting straight to the point (not waffling) in high pressure situations 😨
- Typing to people in games so that they understand ⌨️
- Resolving arguments over games 😠
- Celebrating and encouraging other players 🥳
- Working in a team 🙌
- Collaborating with other players 🤝
- Persuading other players 😏
- Teaching other players and helping them out 👩🏫
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 🧑💼
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! 🤩
You could demonstrate leadership qualities through doing things like:
- Helping to resolve arguments between players 🤝
- Making sure that everyone feels included 🔗
- Helping the group to make decisions 🧠
- Coaching other players and helping them to get better 🎉
- Motivating the team when games aren’t going well 🤗
4. Teamwork 🙌
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! 🤩
You could demonstrate “team player” qualities through doing things like:
- Being committed to your team 🔗
- Supporting other team members 🧑🤝🧑
- Being flexible and adaptable, to help the team reach their goals 🏆
- Not trying to embarrass or show up other people in the team 🙌
- Celebrating diversity and different perspectives in the team 🥳
5. Negotiation/Persuasion 🤝
- Convincing other players to listen to your ideas 👂
- Negotiating a later bedtime to game for longer! 🌃
- Persuading friends to help you on a game 🎮
- Trading character items on game stores 🔀
- Selling game consoles 🏷️
Games help you to develop negotiation and persuasion skills. 🤝
These are also skills that employers really want, which you can use to sell yourself in a job interview!
6. Resilience 🏋️
How angry do you get when you lose a game? 😡
Gaming teaches you how to lose – and be okay with it!
Setbacks help you to become more resilient. 💪
Being resilient is a valuable skill that employers are really keen for. 🤩
If you’re a resilient person, it means that at work if you get stuck or encounter a problem, you won’t give up! 🙌
More than ever workplaces are looking for employees who are resilient and won’t give up at the first hurdle.
7. IT skills 👩💻
Network issues, storage issues, game performance, game updates…
Gamers come across a LOT of tech issues. 💻
Gamers tend to naturally become good at things like:
- Typing speed ⌨️
- Fixing computer issues 🛠️
- Using computer peripherals e.g. mice/keyboards/headsets/storage 🎙️
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 👩🏭
When you make decisions about your character in a game, you’re constantly assessing how much risk you’re going to put them in. 🧗♀️
Because you’re constantly practicing making difficult decisions – gaming might actually help you to make better decisions! 🧠
Employers love it when you can demonstrate good decision making skills – so it’s great to highlight these on your CV/resume!
9. Concentration 👀
If you’re a fan of a long gaming sesh – you’re able to concentrate on one task for long periods of time. ⌚
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. 🥴
10. Time management ⌚
- making a decision under time pressure 🤔
- achieving goals within a time limit 🏆
- or working out how many games you can fit in before dinner ⌛
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!
So that’s it!
Hopefully you’re feeling more confident about the kinds of skills you can develop as a gamer. 🎮
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