This is Part 2 in the series, Pinterest for Job Seekers. Please read Part 1 for 5 Tips for Job Seekers Using Pinterest.
As I discussed in Part 1 of this series, 5 Tips for Job Seekers Using Pinterest [you can access it here], Pinterest has uses beyond sharing recipes and makeup tutorials (two of my favorite pinning topics!). Along with the tips [view it here] I gave in the previous post, I’d also suggest creating a Pinterest resume.
A Pinterest resume is exactly what it sounds like – your resume posted in a pinnable version.
Obviously, a Pinterest resume (or resume, for simplicity’s sake) isn’t right for everyone, but it can help you showcase your accomplishments in a more engaging way. An NBC Today article calls them “living resumes,” illustrating your personality and accomplishments in a more engaging, visually-appealing manner than using a standard paper resume.
Here is my Pinterest resume:
You can tailor a resume board to a specific company or position, such as this fantastic example from Jeanne Hwang (this inspired me to start my own Pinterest resume!), targeted towards Pinterest (how meta is that??).
If you want to broaden your scope a bit, as I did, you can create a more generalized resume by following these steps.
Steps in Creating Your Pinterest Resume:
- Plan Your Board: Planning is key. Before you go crazy with pinning and uploading images, think about what you want to showcase on your board. Use your standard paper resume as a starting point, looking at your previous positions and educational accomplishments and choosing the best points to highlight your value as a prospective job candidate.
- Write A Compelling Description: As with any of your Pinterest boards, you should give your resume a name and description that compels readers to keep looking at your pins. Keep in mind that while you can change the board’s name later, this will also change the URL, so anyone using the older URL will need to be told about the change. Because this is a resume board, think of the description as your resume’s branding statement – it should conceptualize your uniqueness and the value you’d bring to your prospective employer.
- Find Appropriate Visuals: Pinterest allows you to upload or pin pictures, YouTube videos, Slideshare presentations, Soundcloud files, among others. If the work or accomplishments listed on your resume are already on the Internet, pin it! If this is not the case, you can use company logos (as I did) as the pin images. Because Pinterest is a visual storyboard, make sure your pins are as compelling and engaging as possible.
- Write Short, Concise Descriptions: Each of your pins should have a description, describing the major accomplishment(s) you’re showcasing. Ask yourself, “Why am I putting this pin on my resume? What’s the point?” Each pin should showcase something important that you accomplished and/or learned. The descriptions should be short and concise, not just a copy/paste job from your paper resume. In terms of length, I’d say keep each description under one tweet (140 characters), or 200 at the maximum. You can also hashtag specific keywords (e.g., #marketing, #SPSS, #infographic, etc.) that will allow your pins to show up in a Pinterest search.
- Balance Soft and Hard Skills: This is something I’m currently struggling with – my Pinterest resume primarily catalogues my hard skills, or more tangible accomplishments. But, as previously discussed, Pinterest is a fantastic place to illustrate or show off my personality and soft skills, like my leadership skills. It’s more difficult to showcase intangible skills (i.e., how do you visually represent leadership?), but that’s the point – use your creativity and think outside the box in creating your Pinterest resume.
Take a look at this creative take on a Pinterest resume, courtesy of Tyler Cheese:
Time to hand the mic over to you – what do you think about using Pinterest in your job search? What do you think about Pinterest resumes? I’d love to hear your thoughts, and please share your Pinterest resumes below!
Kavita Chintapalli is a recent MBA graduate from Rutgers University and will soon transition into her new role of Content Creation Manager at Movoli. She enjoys all things beauty-related, cool tech gadgets, TV, blogging, and social media. Learn more about Kavita on her website, http://kavitachintapalli.com.