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The headlines read: Facebook buys Instagram. Pinterest is growing rapidly. LinkedIn is killing the resume. The popularity of these social tools may have more in common than you think. They are providing users with the opportunity to convert the meaning behind the words into pictures.
It used to be the written word was our only choice for conveying our qualifications as a job seeker.
Today, you have access to tools that allow you to better convey this message.
Instagram (and there are others too) allows people to share their photos with social networks. Most people have a smart phone and take pictures with it. Instagram makes it simple to share these photos. (Well, you do need to register for free, load the app on your smart phone and voila!) It also offers the photographer cool editing features. On Twitter, you see links to these photos often. People at conferences, events, or just working hard!
— Sheree Van Vreede (@rezlady) July 18, 2012
You can post a professional photo on your LinkedIn profile that captures your hardworking and responsible style. You can upload a PowerPoint presentation demonstrating your work. Think pictures. Check out the tools referenced in this presentation.
Pinterest is fun and addictive.
But don’t let that stop you from using it for your job search.
I wrote a post “What Pinterest Says About You” and in case you don’t click through to read it, in short, what it says is that the combination of boards and their content help form an impression. My take on the rapid growth of Pinterest is this: we love photos and images. They are candy for the eyes!
Joshua Smith creates an ecclectic mix of collections on Pinterest. He is more active than many with 15,626 images posted across 92 boards.
Get creative, think outside of the box! What visuals represent the words and concepts you are trying to convey?