Karing Enough About Your Kareer Prospects Should Konvince You To Give A Krap About Klout


Wow, here’s another doozy … hopefully an extremely isolated incident, but apparently some poor schmuck actually lost out on a job opportunity because another candidate had a higher Klout score.  

Then once he did who knows what to move it closer to Justin Beiber influencer status, his career prospects magically improved. Amazing what a healthy dose of +K can do!


The following article is brief, but here is a taste:  


“Later he learned that he’d been eliminated as a candidate specifically because his Klout score was too low.”


“…spent the next six months working feverishly to boost his Klout score, eventually hitting 72. As his score rose, so did the number of job offers and speaking invitations he received. ‘Fifteen years of accomplishments weren’t as important as that score,’ he says.”



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Comment by Sandra McCartt on May 4, 2012 at 1:55am

I know the problem here.  They told him if he could spell coffee and just get one letter correct they would hire him.

He spelled it Kauphy.

But what a wonderful, catch all rejection lie to tell that will leave somebody speechless.  I'm sorry we went with another candidate.  Nothing negative about you, he just had a higher Klout score.

From a lot of the articles i am seeing hit the pages of Forbes in the last year i am starting to wonder if their editorial staff are all smoking crack.

Comment by Kelly Blokdijk on May 4, 2012 at 2:16am

You know Sandra, you might be on to something there... Since most normal people (thankfully) have no freaking clue what Klout is, telling non-selected candidates that another person scored higher might just work as a painless let down method.

Win-win! The +K crowd can wallow in their mutual admiration society over in sm-land building their influence scores to shame the rest of us...

Not just Forbes, but practically all of the major business publications seem to have been taken over by people smoking crack, I mean krak. Seriously, for the past few years I can't tell the difference between National Enquirer, People, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmo and so-called business oriented media. Apparently, the editors have lost all sense of integrity in providing substance. 

Comment by Peter Ceccarelli on May 4, 2012 at 2:05pm

Since I don't Twitter and don't use social media much in the way of attracting talent, my Klout score is ZERO!  And do I care?  No.  I did hire a CTO from a resume search on Monster.com last February.  Had the job filled in less than a month compared to the year it was open previously (under our former recruiter, not moi!) and he's the best hire I've had in the last 5 years.  Amazing leader and amazing brain.  In my opinion that's more important than a Klout score.  What is happening out there?  This is just plain crazy.  Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Jeff Yocom on May 7, 2012 at 6:16pm

If running social media campaigns and other digital platforms for a potential employer is part of the job duties, I think having a good Klout score is relevant because as of right now it seems to be the best measurement for that kind of activity. If it isn't relevant to the job, then it doesn't matter.

Comment by Sandra McCartt on May 7, 2012 at 7:21pm

An automated account that blasts out tweets can build a Klout score without anybody getting out of bed.  I cancelled my account because i think it is the dumbest thing the SM tribe has come up with to make each other feel good.  And believe me cancelling your account is a feat unto it's self.


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