Should my resume note that video game credits are not trustworthy?
October 12, 2011 2:54 PM Subscribe
job hunt / resume question (creative/tech positions). I worked in the video game industry, and am applying for positions outside that industry. Should I include in my resume a note that video game credits are often inaccurate and checking them does not substitute for contacting an employer if seeking confirmation?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Some of the most impressive stuff on my resume is projects that don't credit me at all. This isn't actually meaningful, but I worry that HR from a non-game-industry won't know this, and might try to verify my claims with a quick google search instead of a drawn-out inquiry to the appropriate company, and erroneously decide I'm inflating my resume.
Do you work in HR? How real is this risk?
If you're involved in hiring and see applicant resumes - might a note (telling you to ignore the credits lists on games I claim that I worked on) make you suspicious?
(I am interested in a designers position (though probably something more technical than graphic design) if that context helps.)
Here is a draft wording: (it would be included in my "references" section)
Note: the video game industry does not have Hollywood-style union standardization of credits, and credit list accuracy varies greatly between companies and projects. Within the industry, video game credits are not considered reliable, and do not substitute for contacting an employer if confirmation of project involvement is sought.
What would be your thoughts on noticing that in someone's resume?
My fear is that most people are aware of Hollywood movie credits, which are meaningful, and would naturally assume that video game credits are similar.
(For example, some companies populate a project's credits list with everyone in the company on the ship date, regardless of whether they never worked on the project, and omitting people who did work on it but are no-longer at the company, other companies list everyone who worked directly on the project, regardless of where they currently work, others omit or include contractors, IT, admin, etc. There is such inconsistency that presence or absence of a credit conveys no information about whether you did or didn't work on that project. Industry workers are generally aware that credits are unreliable and so don't pay them heed.
Were you aware of this?
Does a note in the resume risk tripping suspicion, or insulting the competence of an HR worker, or other negative reactions?
Is it a smaller risk to not have the note and hope that HR doesn't use google?