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WorkScore: A Social Resume

MyWorkScoreSome employers don’t place a lot of credence on traditional resumes: even a completely truthful resume may not provide a clear impression of a prospective employee’s abilities and skills. WorkScore, which launches today, is a system that allows you to gather documentation and confirmation of your skills from your co-workers, allowing you to offer a potential employer a “social resume.”

The basic idea behind WorkScore is that anyone with a company email address can review their workplace and colleagues. Furthermore, they can do it anonymously, leaving a little more freedom to be truthful about what they think. When reviewing a colleague on WorkScore, a person can document skills, write “thank you” notes and point to specific confirmations on the part of that colleague. Assessments are confidential, meaning that the subject of the assessment does not actually see it, although the information does contribute to an overall “WorkScore.”

Workscore_MemberHomeWhile your first reaction to the idea of anonymous assessment may be concern, the subject of any review is able to choose whose assessments count. If you receive an assessment from someone who may not be perfectly objective about your abilities, you can instruct WorkScore to ignore that information.

Your WorkScore provides a clear picture of your skills when you’ve received a little information from your colleagues. You’ll have an overall numerical score that draws on how your co-workers have ranked you in different skills. You can also add any major contributions you’ve made to your employer — a viewer will be able to see whether or not your co-workers have confirmed your contributions.

Document_Skills_Sliders1WorkScore goes beyond just reviewing colleagues, however. You can also review the company you work for, and look through potential companies during your search for a job. All reviews of workplaces are anonymous — although you can’t add a review without an email address from that company — and they’re public. WorkScore focuses on providing information about the values of a particular company, as well as finding a good fit for yourself. You can also review a company as a client, business partner, supplier or other professional who doesn’t actually work for the company.

For web workers, the ability to add confirmation of your skills may be particularly useful. It offers an opportunity to not only tell a prospective employer that you’ve already worked as a telecommuter or independently, but to have your colleagues — perhaps a manager or team lead as well — describe how well you do when you work remotely, and can provide a shortcut to proving that you can work independently in a way that a traditional resume can’t.

It is necessary to get your co-workers on board with using WorkScore to document accomplishments and skills: a social resume just isn’t that useful if other people aren’t involved. Depending on your workplace, getting your colleagues and management on board with using WorkScore to rank each other could be a tough sell. Overall, however, the information that WorkScore could be just what employers need to better judge potential employees.

What do you think of the “social resume” concept?

10 Responses to “WorkScore: A Social Resume”

  1. Interesting idea … and, the aforementioned comments highlight some of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for WorkScore.

    Having a traditional resume (chronological or functional) is a job seekers’ best way of detailing background strengths and interests. This is particularly true among small- and mid-sized businesses that eschew or are not aware of online tools.

  2. I think this is a great concept, but just a tad limiting. Only people that have the same company e-mail can comment on a person or company, but what about people who have left the company? Not all of them are disgruntled, but none can leave any information because they no longer have their company e-mail. Maybe they will see this and expand their service later.

    Also, what about people who would like to have an online resume, but are in freelancing or affiliate marketing and such. These people use personal e-mails, but they would not be able to join because they do not have a company e-mail to use.

    At first glance, its a great concept, but I think I will wait to join until they have a few more of the kinks worked ou.

  3. This seems like a good idea for employees of medium to large-sized companies. This also seems to duplicate the references function of LinkedIn, which enables employers to see more information about a potential or current employee and their skills. Granted, the reviews/comments on LinkedIn are not anonymous but it seems that a 360-degree review service might not be something that everyone wants to contribute to or have accessible for employers. On the other hand, this type of background information would definitely make it easier for distributed teams and remote workers to establish their credibility among their peers. I definitely concur with the point about the potential challenge of getting co-workers to rate each other on the site. In my experience, even with a more open system such as LinkedIn, people who were willing to provide testimonials (and outside of my current employer) still faced technical hurdles (i.e., unfamiliar with the steps) to writing and submitting their comments. It would be interesting to see how WorkScore simplifies the process.

    • It does seem to mirror some of the functionality of LinkedIn.

      I was thinking about how companies could use this — it seems like it could be useful for internal reviews; if that happened it would boost WorkScore’s numbers comnsiderably. However, companies would probably be very unlikely to implement something that makes it easier for their employees to find another job.