This morning CNN reported that some people list their Klout scores on their résumés. My first few thoughts: Really? Seriously? Is this true? And if true, is it a good idea?
Klout says it measures the amount of influence people have through social media, especially Twitter. It calculates scores based on the number of people you reach (a.k.a. followers), how much you influence them (a.k.a. how often they re-tweet or respond to you) and the influence of your followers (a.k.a. their Klout scores). Scores range from 1 to 100, but the company says most people fall around 20.
Some context: Right at this moment, my score for @wpjenna is at 55, while the random woman in a ruffled tank top featured on Klout’s home page allegedly has a 59. Meanwhile, @whitehouse is at 79, @washingtonpost is at 82, @stanford is at 66 and, sigh, @justinbieber is at 100.
A lot of social media wonks are skeptical of Klout and argue that it’s an inaccurate measure of influence. (For more on that, my colleague Mark Luckie pointed me to this article on ReadWriteWeb: 17 Alternatives to Klout.)
Either way, is this a number employers want to see on your résume? Will they even know what it means? And if not Klout, how do you succinctly explain your social media skills on a resume?
In addition to the poll, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Or on Twitter and Facebook (especially if you have a high Klout score and can bump me above that woman in the ruffled tank).
This post is generating an interesting conversation on Twitter. Here is a sampling of the comments: