Browsing Pinterest is one of the most fun ways聽to spend time online (AKA our fave black hole on the Internet to get sucked into). The ultra popular social site聽has become an amazing source for super niche things like Fourth of July party ideas, new聽mom noms, unicorn DIY projects and SO much more 鈥 but did you know that it鈥檚 also a powerful place to go when you鈥檙e looking to land a job that seems like a stretch? Read on for three Pinterest hacks that鈥檒l help you arm yourself with knowledge while inspiring you to keep reaching for the stars. Your pinning聽addiction is about to聽be put to very good use.

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Do your research

Just like聽using聽Google or academic databases when researching for a term paper or project, utilize the power of Pinterest by searching for info that鈥檒l help you reach your career goal. This could be anything from articles about how to crush an interview,聽dress for your first trip to a corporate office or even starting your own biz.聽Since Pinterest is so visual, you鈥檒l find that it鈥檚 almost TOO聽easy to uncover eye-catching, helpful聽pins that match聽your search.

Pinterest鈥檚 follow tool is also awesome when you鈥檙e job hunting or aiming to start your own business, as it helps you customize your personal feed with the pins you WANT to see聽each time you log into the site. Follow bloggers聽you admire, creatives聽who are pursuing a similar career path to聽yours or even companies that catch your attention. Keep track of聽the best info you find by creating and pinning to boards that match each topic you鈥檙e thinking about, so that you stay organized and can come back to 鈥檈m later.

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Get inspired

A treasure trove of聽motivational quotes and pins that link to stories and profiles, you can use Pinterest to find inspiration on more difficult days 鈥 or even聽when you already have great energy and want something that resonates to聽keep your momentum going.

You can use Pinterest search a few different ways, choosing聽to look for boards dedicated 100 percent to quotes, or by typing different keywords into the search bar to find specific pins. You can look for them by聽emotion, like 鈥渉appy quotes,鈥 or by mixed phrases that apply to certain聽people and situations, like 鈥渂est quotes for entrepreneurs.鈥 To find inspiration for, say, your calligraphy project, search for calligraphy boards or single pins to see what and how people are beautifying the written word.

Once you find a pin that gives you heart eyes or lights you up inside, click over to see more from the board it鈥檚 on, or scope out the other places it鈥檚 been pinned. Down the inspirational rabbit hole you go!

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Shine bright

Like with any public social media profile, your personal聽Pinterest collections tell a story about who you are and provide you with a cool opportunity to set yourself apart from other job applicants quickly 鈥 all it takes is a quick scan to get an idea. Because each board topic, title and image speaks volumes about聽your interests, you should be thoughtful about the pins you add to each. Remember that you can easily set anything that falls outside of your personal brand or professional goals to private. You can also create special private boards for pinning with your BFFs.

If you鈥檙e the creative type and have uploaded your own work to the web, you can聽strategically include it in the right places to share it with your public Pinterest profile. A good rule of thumb when it comes to self-promotion is adding five pins of other people鈥檚 content for every one of your own, unless you鈥檙e filling聽boards you鈥檝e created specially to showcase your own聽stuff. Don鈥檛 be shy 鈥 this is your time to shine! Your genius or creativity just might land you the job of your dreams.

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