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Playing the game

We’ve all heard the most basic resume tips.

Keep it to one or two pages. Highlight measurable accomplishments. Include marketable skills like fluency in a second language, technological abilities and … video game proficiency?

That helped one higher education professional to land her job, according to this article from the Wall Street Journal.

Heather Newman, who is now the director of marketing and communications at the University of Michigan’s School of Information, is an avid “World of Warcraft” player. On her resume, she listed that activity, explaining that she “managed guilds of as many as 500 people and organized large-scale raids of 25 to 40 players to complete tasks for several hours four to five days a week.”

Luckily for Newman, the dean of that school saw it as a sign that she would be able to relate to the students.

But, the story warns, not all employers will be impressed by this experience, so applicants should approach the topic very subtly.