If you're currently swimming the murky waters of the job market, then you've probably already incorporated some social media outreach into your search. You've updated your resume on LinkedIn, made connections on Facebook, and tweeted about your qualifications high and low. But have you considered extending your efforts to Pinterest?
Yes, Pinterest. The virtual pinboard site where users share recipes, fitness tips, gardening how-to's and increasingly, their CVs. More and more stunning resumes are appearing on the third-largest social network, showcasing the creativity and talent its members apply to every aspect of their lives, even something as boring and seemingly straightforward as a resume. Take a minute to browse through a search for the word "resume" on the site and you'll have a whole new outlook on the dreary task that is job hunting.
From manga resumes and 50's horror-movie style resumes to first aid kit promotional packages and resumes that resemble HTML code, Google searches or transit maps, there are dozens of eye-catching examples of resumes done right. You can do it too, even if you're not a graphic designer or an art student. The key is to think about how to present your accomplishments visually. Christopher Penn, a teacher of online advanced social media, recommends incorporating bold colors and words that will scale well down to thumbnail size, as well as pinning several different types of media (in addition to your resume) such as a video of introduction, a Powerpoint presentation, a QR code to your contact information and links to companies you've worked at. One of the benefits of Pinterest is that it is easy to share across other social media sites like Facebook, creating a living resume that much more shared and accessible.
Pinterest isn't just good for sharing your qualifications either; you can also use the site to research companies you're interested in if they have a presence on the site, or follow career experts' boards to gain advice and insight.
(Images: 1. Mohd Almousa via Ned Hardy via Anna Truckey on Pinterest, 2. Acervo Publicitario via Daisy Dalberto on Pinterest, 3. Pariya Thamnusarn via Mali Rezai on Pinterest, and 4. Wong Sock Ying via Betty on Pinterest)