So what do you think? Would playing a game inspire you into a future career? It seems more and more employers are entering the world of gaming – so look out Farmville! Recruiters are utilizing an organization specific game in hopes of snagging their next great employee – for those job seekers who are willing to play.
I read last week that the list of game-playing employers is growing again. It’s been almost 10 years since the U.S. military unveiled America’s Army, and now Marriott International is introducing job seekers to “My Marriott Hotel” for those who are on facebook. Sounds like a great way for job seekers to spend their time – playing a game, learning about an organization, and gaining an understanding of what an employee will experience on the job.
Great idea, but not one that I think could be applied to my agency (Arizona Department of Environmental Quality) as we deal with air, water, and waste issues in the state. So, I was thinking that perhaps a more general type of game or scenario where a fictitious supervisory position could be created, which had them managing each of our divisions. Quite the job overseeing it all – conducting hazardous waste inspections at company sites, issuing fines for violations, taking water samples and determining contaminants and analyzing in the lab, issuing High Pollution Advisories, managing vehicle emission testing, issuing mining permits, writing laws and policies, reporting to the governor, dealing with contaminated soils from leaky underground storage tanks….whew! It would certainly give job seekers an idea of what we do at least.
So what are your thoughts? Does your agency have a number of positions that are frequently being recruited for that you think might make an excellent game? Even if you don’t, creating an educational game such as these might help not so much with recruitment, but with public relations. Worse case, the game player simply learns all about your agency…and who knows, your idea could become so wildly popular that more people think about public service as a career!