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Hapa_Fodder

Been keeping this semi-secret, but could use the positive vibes!

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So those in the community that know me well, know that I have sent my resume into Wargaming for a position they advertised about 2 weeks ago. "Senior Community Manager World of Warships at Wargaming Austin, TX" Well I retired from the Navy last year and didn't expect to work TBH.  I am a 100% disabled veteran, with the VA compensation and my retirement I don't have to work.  So since the fall of 2018 I have been going to school, more to just use my benefit and get paid to be a full time student rather than pursuing a degree necessarily to progress on to a career. 

But when @DEWEY_96_ sent me a PM on FB with the job link and told me he thought this was a position made for me.  I read it, and at first didn't know what to think.  Because it DID seem like a good position for me.  Community Management....  I have, since the day I joined DHO almost a decade ago, said that community is first and foremost important thing in life.  Gaming is just an outlet for a community to grow and prosper.  I talked to Dewey a little bit, then to @thedakar both have known me since the World of Tanks days and I figured "What the hell"

Now in my limited experience, and mostly word of mouth.  People with degree's and much more experience than I have typically land jobs like this.  So my expectations, lets just say were low.  I spent literally 30 mins on my resume, updating it, about 10 mins on my LinkedIn updating it (because nowadays they go hand and hand). And I threw them at the wall so to speak.  Again, I did not expect them to stick....

A few days went by and I received an email asking for some professional and personal references. I responded in kind. Over a week went by and I figured that I didn't have a chance. Then Thursday I received an email from their recruitment lead in Chicago asking me to go online and fill in when I would be available for a phone interview. I was astounded that I got an email and did so immediately. Within 24hrs my phone had updates saying that my LinkedIn had notifications. I logged in and three different people from Wargaming had looked at my profile.  One of them being an "Executive Producer" at Wargaming in St.Petersburg, Russia.  Sunday night I had an update from my FB page for my content creation for gaming that two new people had viewed it. Both work for Wargaming. Then today I received an email from the recruitment lead again telling me that they have slated a time for me on Wed for my interview. And that the phone interview had been changed to a conference call interview with him in Chicago and an individual in Austin, TX.

Needless to say I did NOT expect to get this far in the process... to have my resume and me looked at for a position that I have enjoyed doing for years.  Grooming and growing a community.  When I started doing this with World of Tanks back in the Alpha days, that was my goal.  To have a community and or family.  When I left WoT it was because I felt that community(not necessarily the DHO crowd) had become a bit, well, crap.  Lots of toxicity that I just couldn't stand, in an area of life that should be a hobby and fun. It was becoming a job, more than fun.

When World of Warships started up, this brought that thought back up to the front.  The ability to have a community and family again.  The community was friendly, happy, go lucky.  There was little to NO toxicity at all.  In the game and on the forums.  The dev's actually read our posts and responded.  It was amazing and reinvigorated my thought that of what a gaming community could be.  Now years late, the community has unfortunately pulled in some of that toxicity I hated and I would be remiss if I would say I have not been a part of it also.  But I have tried, though sometimes it seems not so, to remove that toxicity and not add to it.

All I know is, if I can be a part of something, to help groom and grow a community and clean up some of the negativity and toxicity. I would love to do it! Plus, having a position where I could coordinate with warship museums and people to do meet ups, travel, meeting more people and sharing that with others!? I mean, how can someone NOT like that!?

So I have gone now from, "meh, if I get it cool" to "I want this!" and I hope to get it!  Could use some positive thoughts and who knows, I might be a Warrgaming Austin employee soon!?  Hopefully!

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So, you think that the universe is trying to tell you something??  You spent most of your life in the Navy, most of that time gaming, you enjoy the community of fellow gamers AND military, you moved to TEXAS of all places, and you essentially have no ties to anything... what a perfect candidate!!  GOOD LUCK my friend!!

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16 minutes ago, Airbornebob said:

So, you think that the universe is trying to tell you something??  You spent most of your life in the Navy, most of that time gaming, you enjoy the community of fellow gamers AND military, you moved to TEXAS of all places, and you essentially have no ties to anything... what a perfect candidate!!  GOOD LUCK my friend!!

Wow... I never thought about that until now....  Thanks @Airbornebob Very True!  🤯

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7 hours ago, Airbornebob said:

....you essentially have no ties to anything...

Wait a minute, does this mean he's the perfect candidate to get sucked into some secret spy world to infiltrate the world gaming community?

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Interview 1 is complete.  Had a writing assignment they gave me.  Basically a bunch of scenarios I'd have to deal with.  To see what my reactions would be and how I would handle them.  Onward and upward I suppose!

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