Using Pinterest to assist your job hunting

This article can also be found on JobServe.com.

In the ever changing world of Social Media it can be hard to keep up. The latest social media tool that has received a lot of attention so far this year is Pinterest. The online pinboard that is taking the world by storm.

The site was initially launched as a closed beta in March 2010. Following this, users can join the site by invitation only as part of the open beta program.

Pinterest is a much more visual social site where you use images as the main cover for your Pin. You will only be able to share something on Pinterest if there is an image involved but this altogether makes the experience of using the site more enjoyable as the images are what catches your eye and leads you to the relevant content.

Quick usage guide

JobServe has been using Pinterest for many months and here is our quick guide to the site.

  • Organise your Pins into theme based collections known as pinboards with titles such as Dream Careers, CV’s.
  • Pinterest has a much more relaxed aura compared to the more professional sites such as LinkedIn however this does not mean it cannot be used as a serious job seeking tool.
  • Don’t be alarmed when you first join this worldwide pinboard and see a plethora of recipes and fashion Pins. Pinterest has attracted a large female following however the male members of society and businesses such as Mashable.com and the brand Fossil have joined the party.
  • How creative you want to be is entirely up to you, if you are going to use Pinterest to promote yourself remember these images are a reflection of you and will be viewed by prospective employers.
  • Pinterest does not have the same security levels as Facebook. You don’t have to be a member to browse the site and you don’t have the option to select who can and cannot view your Pins.

Putting yourself on Pinterest – top 7 Tips

  1. Put your CV on Pinterest as a portfolio (Useful article on SimplyZesty.com)
  2. Find companies you want to work for.
  3. Follow career experts.
  4. Follow college career offices.
  5. Use Pinterest to inspire yourself.
  6. Research Pinterest and see what other Pinners have done to promote themselves.
  7. Build up your Network by ‘following’, ‘liking’, ‘Re-Pinning’ and commenting on other people’s Pins.

Some Pinterest terms

  • When you share something on Pinterest, each bookmark is called a pin.
  • When you share someone else’s pin on Pinterest, it’s called a repin.
  • You group pins together by topic onto various boards or pinboards in your profile. Each board mimics a real-life pinboard.

Take advantage of this visual tool, be innovative, creative and show prospective employers that job seekers of today are more than just two sheets of A4.

If you liked this then check out this article. ‘How can using Twitter compliment your job advertising or job hunting with JobServe’

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