Crushing the competition with your resume


Michelle DeRoche, Future Mother of 15


As a college student looking for a summer internship or full-time job, I am constantly trying to consider which of my best qualities to highlight on my resume. Bragging rights are often associated with cool summer jobs, so with my most recent application, I argued why my “Candy Crush” level makes me a perfect candidate. After all, I’m staying true to the Millennials mantra of being trendy and up-to-date.

Forget group projects, volunteer work and relevant coursework. Little does that HR worker know how much I went through to get to Level 300-something on “Candy Crush”! That takes some serious focus and dedication! That time was obviously well-spent. Who would rather spend time learning a new hobby or hanging out with friends? Obviously, “Candy Crush” strengthens my friendships through Facebook. Friends even show their love by giving away lives. Now my friends and I can all get together and actually have something to do. See, I have stellar interpersonal skills, and “Candy Crush” even adds to my competitive spirit. Johnny got how many points on that level? I’m on it! Who says I’m not goal-oriented?

Photo by Rebecca Rosen This girl isn’t procrastinating with “Candy Crush”; she’s building up her resume.
Photo by Rebecca Rosen
This girl isn’t procrastinating with “Candy Crush”; she’s building up her resume.

As I quickly scan my options on a new level, I need to notice every detail. How many layers of jelly is that? Where can I make five in a row? Detail-oriented: Check!

Companies nowadays say they want leaders who can work independently and motivate others too. Well, I have all my friends addicted to “Candy Crush.” So I’m good there.

They want someone who can overcome obstacles. I’ll show you obstacles. Have you ever tried to get three stars for a level in an oddly shaped space while chocolate squares are eating up all your pieces and fans are making the chocolate spread even faster?

The game even teaches me patience. When I reach a new episode (and as a poor college student, I can’t pay $0.99 for a new life), I have to wait 24 hours before getting to the new episode. Not to mention all the times that I lost all my lives in such a short time on the challenging levels and had to wait five or 15 or — God forbid — 25 minutes for a new life!

Danielle Pajak, currently in the quest mode after level 290, argues that the game is all about strategy.

She says, “When starting a new round, if I cannot make any good moves right away, I leave the round without losing a life or playing the level. I have to make sure I have an optimal playing field until I know I can make it to the next level.”

Ben Demary, on level 275, said, “In ‘Candy Crush,’ like life, perseverance and fortitude are key. Sometimes in the advanced ‘Candy Crush’ levels, there are ridiculous amounts of adversity to overcome. At first they seem impossible to beat. But after the 50th or 60th try, you beat them, and it’s worth it.”

James Bernard, on level 520, gave up “Candy Crush” for Lent.

“I learned I have a sweet tooth,” Bernard said.


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