Have You Considered Pinterest for a Resume?
As an executive career coach, I have the privilege of teaching LinkedIn and online branding for job seekers for dislocated workers. I noticed that many of my students are in the middle of their careers and they have diverse interests. They could go in a number of career directions. When I introduced Pinterest as an online site, 90% of the class lit up. Both men and women were interested in its application as a resume tool.
Pinterest is a great tool for ideation. I am encouraging my clients to create a vision board; a dream board where they can pin great ideas of jobs, environments, industries, products and services and companies that they would like to work for. Pinterest has helped my clients organize their interests, life stories and create a clearer pathway to what they would like to do next.
Below are ideas adapted from Brie Weiler Reynolds, the content and social media manager at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible job listings, and a former career advisor. At FlexJobs, Brie offers job seekers career and work-life balance advice through the FlexJobs Blog and social media, including Pinterest.
1. Pin your resume
Search for “my resume” on Pinterest, and you’ll get thousands of hits. Be more specific with your search terms (IT resume, business resume, marketing director resume) and more results pop up. Some are basic resumes with standard information and layout. Others are stylized pieces with creative layouts and catchy graphics. Most fall somewhere in between. The goal of pinning your resume to Pinterest is to get it shared throughout the site, so make sure it’s somewhat eye catching, error-free and compelling—wouldn’t you want those qualities in your resume, anyway?
2. Create a resume pinboard
Rather than pinning your full resume as one pin, create an entire board that represents the different parts of your resume with different pins. Pin pictures of the companies you’ve worked for, schools you’ve attended, places you’ve volunteered, hobbies you enjoy and projects that you’ve worked on. Because Pinterest is a visual medium, it can provide a multi-dimensional representation of your two-dimensional resume. Utilize the text box given with each pin to describe the image, how it relates to your career and why it’s important to you.
3. Follow career experts
If you are in the market for some job search advice, Pinterest has a lot to offer. Sites like CareerBliss use pinboards to showcase inspiring ideas and items related to finding work that makes people happy.
4. Link to your Pinterest resume
Once you’ve created a board for your resume, you need to tell people about it. Add it to your LinkedIn portfolio, your Facebook and Twitter profiles and your other online resumes. Include it in your email signature, and add it to business or calling cards if you have them. The more places you show off your Pinterest page, the more it can help your job search. Just be sure to keep all your boards clean and professional because they’re all viewable by anyone, at any time.
5. Be inspired in your job search
If you are not ready to pin your life’s work experience to Pinterest, use it for its original purpose—for personal inspiration. Job searching can be disappointing and stressful. If you are just back from a particularly bad job interview, or sent 10 applications with no response, head to your Pinterest board for images that help you smile, laugh and cheer up. Hilarious comics, adorable kittens inspirational quotes—whatever boosts your mood is fair game for pinning.
If you’re a visual person who enjoys creative outlets, Pinterest can be a great way to let off some creative steam while winding your way through a job search. And it just might help you on your way.
Pinterest can be an effective resume and vision board. Share your stories and ideas.