Written by Joanna Hughes

A graduate student in Boston recently tweeted about a paper he had written on Kim Kardashian West. Now, he’s crediting her response with helping him land three job interviews. Here’s a closer look at Chris Sumlin’s story, as reported by Paper.

Sumlin analyzed the impact of the star and her Kim Kardashian: Hollywood! video game in a paper entitled, 'Kim Kardashian West: The Reality Star Turned Digital Mogul' for his Media Money Trail class. After tweeting an image of the paper and tagging West, Sumlin was delighted to get a response from her and the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood! team. The celebrity retweeted Sumlin’s work and said it was "so cool", while the latter expressed interest in reading it.

Sumlin later posted that after he’d added an entry on his resume about Kardashian West’s retweeting of his post, he’d received three interviews. “This woman’s influence is helping me secure a bag,” he tweeted.

From Tweet to Hire?

But the Sumlin-West story doesn’t end there. After Kardashian West responded by wishing him well on the job market, Sumlin tweeted an updated shot of his resume with the comment, “Oh y’all already know I had to add that @KimKardashian wished me luck on my job search. I’m definitely gonna get hired now.”

However, Sumlin’s resume pre-Kardashian West was already impressive: not only did he receive his high school diploma and Associate of Arts degree in just five years, but he’s also a successful blogger with two published self-help books and he has done internships with FOX Studios, the BET Awards, and Jimmy Fallon.

Still,  there’s no denying Kardashian West’s 59 million followers have some pull, and that savvy social media skills may indeed by a differentiating factor when it comes to catching the eye of celebrities and potential employers alike.


Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family.
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