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5 Ways to Use Pinterest To Wow Your Dream Employer

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If you haven’t yet discovered the addictive time-suck that is Pinterest, here’s the deal: it’s a web-based bulletin board where users pin beautiful, inspirational pictures.

Most people use it to pin pictures of pretty clothes, interesting home decor, and drool-inducing food, but we’ve got another idea — use Pinterest for your job search.

Here are five ideas of how to do just that:

1. Find companies you want to work for

Companies large and small quickly figured out the value of Pinterest for their sales and marketing (see Zappos and Whole Foods). Those pin boards can help job seekers get a sense of the company’s culture, priorities, outreach strategies and overall tone.

Are they buttoned-up or casual? What’s their main marketing focus? What language do they use to talk about themselves and their products? These insights can help you craft stand-out, tailored job applications that show you’ve done your homework and understand the company.

2. Put your resume on Pinterest as a portfolio

We love this idea from Mashable suggesting Pinterest as a way to create a visual representation of your resume or professional experience.

Create boards for your work experience, awards and accomplishments, degrees or classes, a portfolio of your work, and even your hobbies and interests. As long as you have or can find pictures demonstrating these things visually, you can create an eye-catching Pinterest portfolio to share with employers.

3. Follow college career offices

Some college career folks are brilliantly using Pinterest to give expert job advice to college students and recent grads. Even if your school’s career office isn’t on Pinterest yet, you can follow any of those who are, like the University of Pennsylvania, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Bucknell University. These offices have pin boards for professional dress, job search tips,  and career research.

4. Follow career experts

Independent career experts are using Pinterest to help job seekers (or, perhaps, to make themselves feel better about being pin addicts).

Sites like Career Bliss, The 405 Club, FlexJobs and of course, Brazen Careerist, offer career advice and inspiration, from touchy-feely quotes which (thank goodness you’re alone) bring a tear to your eye, to laughable cartoons to help get you over an appalling job interview.

5. Use Pinterest to inspire yourself

If nothing else, Pinterest is an easy way to overload your senses with the things you love. And when you’re in the middle of a job search, or just trying to figure out what you might want to do in life, it’s easy to forget about what makes you happy.

Create pin boards to make yourself smile giddily, laugh loudly and simply feel GOOD. Stare at your motivational eye candy for a few minutes before going to a job interview to put your mind in a happy, confident place.

For your job search or career exploration, the more networking the better. Pinterest is another, albeit prettier, way to connect with people, learn about companies and their cultures, and pump yourself up for career success.

And the best thing about Pinterest is you can’t do it wrong. As long as you’re inspiring yourself, and maybe some employers, you’re on the right track.

Brie Weiler Reynolds is the Social Media and Content Manager for FlexJobs, the leading site for telecommuting and flexible job listings. Her work days are spent providing career advice and mingling with job seekers on Facebook and yes, Pinterest.

Brazen powers real-time, online events for leading organizations around the world. Our lifestyle and career blog, Brazen Life, offers fun and edgy ideas for ambitious professionals navigating the changing world of work.

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    Good advice especially for those who are seeking job.

  • sfcolo

    Interesting article… good to use all the options possible, and I hadn’t thought about Pinterest yet. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/kathleflan kathleflan

    Love the article, thanks for posting!

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    “Find companies you want to work for”. This is a very important decision to make. It will affect your future career.

  • http://www.gigapunch.com/ Scott Charboneau

    I’ve heard about using other social media to help with your job search, but I never thought Pinterist would be included in the discussion. Very interesting! Pretty soon, it will be the norm for businesses to use social media to their benefit.

  • Melanie Gayles Marketing

    A lot of people use Pinterest as a pretty picture board- and doing so is only utilizing half of the strength of Pinterest. The best use of Pinterest is as a visual bookmarking site- which is what it’s created to be. In order to use this for your job search, you may find it easier to start a blog and pin what you deem important to your job search/ career along with a commentary that establishes the writer as an expert in their field. It’s also a great trend spotting site for various industries and will help most users stay quickly abreast of new and pertinent information- great talking points for an interview especially when you follow the pins of your target company’s competitors. Using it as just a board for pictures dilutes the overall content on the site…. and will only lead to someone else repinning what took you hours to cultivate.

  • http://twitter.com/ITtechExec Stephen Van Vreede

    Great approach! I agree…using Pinterest with a unique resume tailored for Pinterest viewers to go along with a consistently branded portfolio of resume and candidate profiles (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc) is an excellent way to distinguish yourself in a job search. I am an IT and Technical Resume Writer and Job Search Coach. For my clients in the technical space, showing that they are an expert in their field, and doing so in a cutting-edge format like this, is just a great tool!

  • Simmonll

    Hi Brie! Great to find you here on Brazen! Interesting uses for Pinterest… I like the idea of using Pinterest to scope out a company’s culture.

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    Pinterest is cool and great to view content in picture form but not convinced its the best platform to find a job or wow your prospective employer.

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  • Anonymous

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    Great idea! But first I need to get an invite.

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  • http://twitter.com/Infografiti Инфографити

    That’s interesting.

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  • The Social Media Bloke

    Excellent tips and a great way to use Pinterest.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1780390315 Shantanu Chauhan

    Good way to get job from the best thing you love, now you won’t get burden for wht u are looking for.

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