World of Warcraft?: Warlords of Draenor? Launches November 13

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Warlock or druid?

A handful of job seekers are listing achievements in videogames such as the role-playing platform “World of Warcraft” on their résumés or LinkedIn profiles, betting that virtual-world accomplishments will impress hiring managers in real life.

“World of Warcraft” players complete quests as warlocks, druids or other class of soldier and battle monsters in a fantasy world, recruiting other soldiers, training team members and developing strategies for missions. Prominent fans include Stephen Gillett, chief operating officer of Symantec Corp. and a former chief information officer at Starbucks Corp.

Some players say the game’s tasks aren’t that different from the duties of the modern office job.

That was the view of Heather Newman, who included her Warcraft experience on the résumé that helped land her current job as director of marketing and communications for the University of Michigan’s School of Information.

In the “Leisure/Volunteer Activities” section of her résumé, Ms. Newman noted that she has 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. These tasks, she said, “directly apply to the kind of job I hold.”

Ms. Newman, 43 years old, said she knew some people wouldn’t be familiar with the game, but she wanted to highlight how her experience leading volunteers online showed her abilities as an effective communicator and manager in the workplace. Plus, she believed that administrators who make hiring decisions at the technology-focused school would view her game expertise as a sign she would fit with the culture.