|“Don’t Screw with a Girl and her Robot!”
Art by subaru01rins
Huh? What year is it? Oh, it’s still 2013. Sweet.
I was on kind of a binge over the past week and a half. I had a temp job for a whopping two days, early last week. Then when that was over I started playing Borderlands 2, which I bought for cheap during the recent Steam Summer Sale. So from July 17th through yesterday, the 26th, I put in 41 hours to the game (according to the character profile, Steam claims 50 hours and I’m not sure where the discrepancy comes from.) On a few of those days I know I put in 8+ hours of play time.
I don’t say this to brag or claim a title of “hardcore gamer” of any sort. I actually look on it somewhat shamefully. Imagine if I’d put that time and effort into looking for a job! Would I be employed by now? Instead, when job hunting, the most effort I put into it is browsing through Craigslist, Indeed, or USAJobs and firing off a resume along with a cover letter and answering whatever questions they ask of me. At most I put an hour into an application (and often much less,) and I average only about three job applications a week.
So the question is … why? Why, when I’ve been unemployed for 18 months would I put so much of myself into a stupid game rather than trying to better myself and continue looking for a job?
I think it’s the idea of instant gratification. At least I enjoyed playing the game. To me, the job application process is nothing but frustration (I just gave you my resume, why do I need to relist my work experience for your stupid database?!) followed by soul crushing rejection. Given the choice of actually having some fun versus … that … how can anyone be faulted with choosing the more frivolous of the two?
I suppose this also speaks to my complete lack of skill in applying to jobs. According to some people, looking for work should be your full-time job when you’re unemployed. Your whole day should be spent trawling through job boards, calling HR representatives, and aggressively pursuing a job. Obviously my technique (spray and pray) hasn’t worked so maybe I need to evolve my technique. Once I’m done playing this game.
- The Psychology Behind Steam’s Summer Sale @ The Psychology of Video Games
- Stop Wasting Your Time Applying for Jobs Through the HR Department @ Jim Grant’s Blog
- Follow-Up is A Crucial Step in Applying @ ABQ Journal