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Wildly creative use for Pinterest: soliciting employers

We’ve been highlighting uses for Pinterest for quite some time now, but this Pinterest resume is by far one of the most clever uses of the site we’ve seen thus far, and likely to spawn copycatters.

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Can you really make a resume on Pinterest?

Visual bookmarking site, Pinterest, has been a top driving force behind the rise of the visual web, and we have long highlighted tips, tricks, and ideas for the free social site, but today, we bring you one of the most clever uses we’ve seen so far – a Pinterest resume. No, not a resume for someone wanting to work at Pinterest, rather a digital creative with a BA in Mass Communication has opted to use the hot site to creatively showcase her assets and creativity. And she nailed it.

Check out the “Hire Me: Stacey Knupple” Pinterest board. I’ll wait… Pretty clever, right? It’s not just a stodgy “I worked at X for Y years, and learned leadership,” or “I am skilled at [insert boring task here],” rather Knupple highlights her tangible experiences, and shows who she really is, even off the clock, and since employers now dig across all social networks, it is quite easy to see it all in one place, in a simple, peruse-worthy format.

In case you were too lazy to click the link and visit the Pinterest board, below are some examples of her creative postings:


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What inspired this project?

Knupple tells AGBeat that she was inspired to create this Pinterest board because, “The fact is I spend a lot of time on Pinterest. I find myself pinning all sorts of creative things that represent my hope for what my future self can accomplish… and not necessarily what’s realistic for right now. Sure, I love to stare longingly at elaborate DIY art or garden plans as much as the next person, but that isn’t my current reality. By pinning “myself” up there, my pin boards now represent at least a little bit of who I am now. ”

“Additionally, we all have concerns over what pops up when someone searches for us on the internet,” Knupple added. “Will they find that recording of the time I called into a radio show and won a contest because I knew that Katherine Heigel had adopted a baby? Probably. So why not curate that content to include some of the internet laundry, put the good stuff out there and wrap it into one pin-nable package? ”

The board was created late last week, but Knupple says she suspects it will “be ever evolving,” adding that “I may wake up in the middle of the night tomorrow with a great way to rearrange, repin or edit the content.”

Regarding what response Knupple has seen so far, she says that she has seen some social media engagement, “but it’s too soon to really tell where it might lead. I just received a tweet in response to my board which I think is pretty funny: ‘So… you’re looking to be hired by a woman.'” We assume the comment Knupple received was in jest, and while misguided, we agree is funny.

Adept at 100 things

When asked what kind of job Knupple is specifically seeking, as with most creatives, she asked, “Isn’t that always the toughest question? Frankly our employment landscape seems to be changing more and more quickly now. I’m adept at 100 things (okay, maybe 57) but the hope is that somewhere out there exists a company that wants to hire the girl who turned her resume into a Pinterest board because she has a million other great ideas.”

After hired, does Knupple encourage others to do the same? “We’ll see how this goes,” she said. “As with all social media platforms, there’s a proprietary TOS so your pictures, verbiage, links all belong to them once posted. If others choose to replicate, I’d keep that in mind. As with all things internet, once it’s out… it’s out.”

We will be following Knupple’s path to employment to see who ends up hiring “the girl who turned her resume into a Pinterest board because she has a million other great ideas.”

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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7 Comments

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  1. Marki_Lemons

    July 26, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I will implement this today. I love the creativity of Stacy. Great way to get a new job. I will also use my about.me page, in addition to my online resume. This will make for a fun project.

  2. Allison Peacock

    July 26, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Love StacyK! This is genius.

  3. staceykface

    July 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    @JacquelinesLife thanks! @JacquelinesLife

  4. staceykface

    July 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    @JacquelinesLife thanks!

  5. Drew Carls

    July 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Brilliant!

  6. ValerieLawson

    August 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Smart girl! Seems like you’ve got a very intelligent and intuitive understanding of the power of the Internet when it comes to blending the professional with the personal. I always knew there was a use for Pinterest beyond pretty pictures. Good luck!

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