Pinning Power: How to Recruit & Build Your Brand on Pinterest

Recruiting, Hiring, and Sourcing on Pinterest

The average user is spending more than an hour and a half scrolling and pinning pictures, following virtual boards and collecting images of products, ideas and inspiration they love.  Pinterest is dominating the market when it comes to engaging 25 – 44 year old, college-educated Midwestern women.  And, when it comes to Erecruiting, this social network is one that smart recruiters are resourcing to build awareness and target candidates.

With Pinterest and most social networking sites, female users outnumber males.  However, what is notable is the dominance of female presence on Pinterest with some statistics showing as many as 97% of Pinterest users being women. Pinterest users of both sexes can appreciate the magazine-like and simple navigation. is growing rapidly since its 2010 launch and stands at 12 million unique visitors as of January 2012 via ComScore.  New users can sign up in a matter of seconds with a Twitter or Facebook account and starting pinning like a pro.   It is driving conversations on and off social media platforms, and because it is the fastest growing social network, and it has recruiters saying, “Think Social.”

Employer Brand Goes Mobile & Social

Pinterest is focused more on just thinking social having released their mobile apps on multiple platforms in August of this year.  Like Facebook, many of their users will be pinning, winning, and sharing using their mobile device making this an even more important reason for companies to grow their employer brand awareness mobile and in real time.

Effective Pinterest internet recruiting is causing recruiters to rethink traditional approaches to match both the nature and intent of the website. Because of the targeted demographic user makeup, marketers and recruiters alike have been trying to find a foothold in the social network, but it has unique challenges and limitations.  For one, Pinterest like Facebook lacks user searchability.  The platform does offer keyword and topic search, but it lies the responsibly of a user to tag and pin its pictures appropriately.  This obstacle has been frustrating for users, similar to the hash tag in Twitter.

Social Media Hiring and Marketing on Pinterest

Recruiting via Pinterest offers three distinct recruiting possibilities:

  • Driving Traffic with SEO.  Appropriate pin tagging is essential to driving traffic to job openings and talent communities.  Corporate recruiters can pin pictures and information about their company and its opportunities using photos and graphics including links or information contained within the photo as well as the pin description.  This search engine optimization career posting approach relies on the use of organic search on the Pintrest site to drive candidates to your openings as well as learning more about your organization.  This is strictly a more Talent Pipeline approach.
  • Sourcing for Candidates.  Pinterest provides yet another reason for infographic designers to rejoice.  These are popular on Pinterest and have once again given rise to discussion surrounding the death of the resume and the rise of the infographic resume.  Personally, I like the idea but most applicant tracking systems are not equipped to handle a design document in lei of a resume or application.  Depending on the tags and information shared within the pinned items, recruiters can source Pinterest for potential passive as well as active candidates.
  • Building Your Employer Brand.  Like Facebook recruiting, it’s important to go where the candidates are, and if your candidate pool is pinning on Pinterest, it makes sense to grow and reach new candidates audiences within this platform.  Job seekers can learn about a company’s benefits packages, organizational culture, and other opportunities similar to their company career site.  Users view pins providing a look inside the company having the choice to click directly to the company website within the Pinterest platform.

Since the social network is frequented predominantly by women, it can also serve as a diverse candidate source making companies who are government contractors and are required to complete an Affirmative Action Plan happy.

Growing and Experimenting with New Recruitment Channels

Pinterest and its rise in popularity gives more possibility in recruitment not only for its use and benefits as a social recruiting tool but other photo based social networks like Instagram.  Like any new social network, there will be successes as well as failures but for sourcing enthusiasts a new internet recruiting and engagement tool offers a new and untapped potential candidate pipeline at little or no cost.  Except for your time that is.

Take a look at my employer branding board on Pinterest to learn more about how companies are using Pinterest to engage job seekers and promote their opportunities online.  

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell (@jmillermerrell) is a workplace change agent, author and consultant focused on human resources and talent acquisition living in Austin, TX. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer and is a global speaker. She’s the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource and host of the Workology Podcast.

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