Pinterest is the fastest growing social network since Facebook. It was first launched in 2010 as a web-based bulletin board where people will pin their favorite pictures with links to some interesting home décor ideas, beautiful clothes, wedding arrangements, food recipes, etc. Now that it became a full-blown cultural phenomenon the users started considering Pinterest for other uses that go beyond such inspirational ideas. For job seekers, your Pinterest boards will show that you’re current with what’s happening in your industry and career field. It doesn’t take much time to set up and maintain Pinterest. You can do it in a few minutes a day and the payback will be worth the time you spend. These days, this popular social media is used as an effective job search tool and career development platform, and it is time for some of the best and innovative ways you can use Pinterest to boost your chances of landing a dream job.
Top Pinterest Tips for Job Seekers
1. Create a Pinterest profile and start your Career Pinboard
Pinterest doesn’t require creating full profiles, with about me and biography sections, like other social networks do. All you need to do is to connect it with your Facebook or Twitter account and receive an invitation. You can then create many different subject boards where you’ll later pin your favorite pictures and articles around those themes.
At least one of your pinboards should be on the subject of career and job search. You can think of it as your living resume that grows together with you professionally. If you want, you can divide your field of expertise into several individual boards, each with its own specific subject. For example, if you are working in public relations, you can create few different pinboards, one for PR and marketing, a media board with articles, news and interesting infographics, and one event planning board where you’ll pin wedding ideas and party favors.
2. Pin your resume on your Career Pinboard
You can pin your whole resume in just one single pin, or you can divide it into pins with pictures of the school’s you’ve attended, the places where you’ve volunteered, your experiences in the companies you’ve worked for, and bring even more creative energy to it by expressing the hobbies you enjoy. Use the space provided to express how the image and link are related to your career and why are they important to you. When you pin your resume on Pinterest you aim to get it shared further throughout the website, and what better way to achieve this than by playing with your creativity and letting your inspirations guide you.
3. Follow colleges and career experts
When you are looking for a job you need any good advice and information you can get. Pinterest is perfect for that. School’s career offices have boards filled with pins about professional dressing, job search and career research tips for college students and recent graduates. Different career websites and independent experts offer their advices and inspiration, from creating the first resume, to preparing for interviews and managing your own workday.
4. Share your Career Pinboard
The more people see your career board, the more it can help your job hunt. Include your Pinterest page everywhere you can, on your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles, in your email signature, in your paper resume, business or calling cards. But also make sure your boards are always clean and professional if you are inviting everyone to see them.
The more you are networking, the better for your job search, and the increasingly popular Pinterest is one more way you can connect with people and broaden your prospects. If you are creative and visual person, you’ll have lots of fun letting of your creative steam this way, while winding your way through your job search.
5. Use Your Time Wisely
Statistics show the average person spends 1 hour and 17 minutes per day on Pinterest. While the correct use of Pinterest can increase your exposure, when all is said and done your job search will be much better served through traditional tactics. Don’t let this — or other social media sites — take time away from what’s really important.