Think Pinterest is just a social network to kill time on when you’re supposed to be working? Think again! There are ways, if used correctly, this new, hot network can serve as a vital resource in not only your life but specifically, your career.
Visual Resume – If you’re looking for a job, why not get creative and make Pinterest a part of the process? You can pin photos of the work you do and include links to your online portfolio. This is especially helpful if you’re in the digital arts, education, beauty, fashion, or other careers that require visual creativity. Use boards as a way to showcase your inspirations and what you offer to an employer or client.
For example, if you’re a graphic designer, you can pin a picture of a logo you have done and link it to your branded website. If you’re a beautician, you can pin photos of clients you have made up, as well as the products you use to create the looks. If you’re a teacher, you can link to lesson plans you have created for a creative lesson. Last but not least, you can link to your resume. For creative ideas for this, search Pinterest boards that have done this and find one that you like and use it for inspiration.
Increased Marketability – You can find out what a company wants simply by following the company’s, the human resources, and recruiters Pinterest’s boards. Some companies post boards focusing on human resources and management tips specifically. This gives you insight on the types of professionals they favor or might be interested in hiring. Some companies also post boards actually showing the type of candidate they like working at their company or organization, the exact qualifications they are looking for, and even job boards for the titles they’re hiring.. This is valuable information if you’re looking to work for that company.
Professional Connections – Just like Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, Pinterest offers insight into what makes a person tick. Professionals are just like anyone else and use boards to tell the stories of who they are outside of the office. You can follow the “pins” of someone you want to get to know better and use the information you learn as a springboard for conversations.
Job Hunting – Companies, universities, media organizations, and other entities are actually using Pinterest to post jobs and job seeker resources. Since it’s a visual website, a photo will be pinned along with the link. You can check out the Pinterest boards of companies like FlexJobs or educational institutions such as the Coppin State University Career Services Center to find information on recruiters, links to job boards, and other information about job seeking if you’re looking for a job.
Inspiration – Pinterest can help you in so many more aspects than you think in finding a job. You can find many resources on making yourself marketable for a job, how to conduct yourself in an interview, what to wear, and much more. It can direct you to career books and blogs that can enrich your knowledge even further. You can pin the things that inspire you to your board for future reference when you find that “perfect job.”
When looking for a new job, the last place you might think to look is Pinterest. But, it might be wise to make it your “go to” place. Whether you’re looking for a job or looking for tips on how to conduct yourself in an interview, what to wear, or anything else career-oriented, Pinterest has it all.