What Pokémon Go Can Teach You about the Job Search

Has your lifePokemon Go DU become consumed with Pikachu, Squirtle, and your phone’s battery life? In the past days, I have been amazed watching the Pokémon Go  cultural phenomenon take off. As I watch people play around town, I am instantly struck by how the very things people love about this game relate perfectly to a successful job or internship search.

You have to leave the house to succeed.

Sitting on the couch with your phone will not get you very far in Pokémon Go. Similarly, sitting on a computer looking at online job boards is not the best strategy for finding jobs or internships. Get out and talk to friends, family, faculty members, career advisors or professionals in your field to learn about job leads and get advice.

Leave the house. It helps.

Meeting Strangers Can Be Fun!

Connecting with other “Trainers” is one of the most surprisingly fun parts of this game for many players. Sharing tips, having a common interest, and working together with new people has led to instant friendships and connection.

Do you enjoy those unexpected interactions? Then you will probably like networking more than you realize! Request informational meetings to get advice from professionals and alumni – you will really enjoy those brief connections with friendly people who have similar career interests and helpful tips.

Some Stops are Worth the Extra Time

Making the extra effort to get to a PokeStop is worth it! You will be rewarded with Poke Balls, Pokémon Eggs, and other tools that help you take your game to the next level.

Career Services is the PokeStop of your job search. Take the time to visit one of our office to get the job search tools you need for success. Resume reviews, job search tips, and interview coaching can help get you to the next level of your professional life.

So, gamers, how else does Pokémon Go relate to your job search? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

By Heidi Perman
Heidi Perman Executive Director, Career & Professional Development Heidi Perman