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If you think Pinterest is just for showing off your hobbies and recipes, think again. Businesses of all kinds have taken to the online pin board to showcase their knowledge, products and services. Because of that, it can be a handy way to keep track of developments in your area of expertise. pinterest badge redAt, Abhi Khune, Pinterest’s infrastructure manager, offers some suggestions for IT pros. Among them:

  • Discover tech talks and webinars, via boards such as TED Talks.
  • Get career and talent search help. Looking for a new job? Search for terms like "interview tips" and "job search tips". Some companies use the site to highlight their culture and benefits.

Also, rather than simply post your resume on Pinterest, you could highlight various aspects of it through a series of pins -- the companies you’ve worked for, schools you’ve attended, places you’ve volunteered and hobbies you enjoy, notes Mashable. Or, create a board dedicated to your interests. That can give employers more insight into what you’d bring to a job. However, the site’s strong emphasis on visual elements requires a level of creativity not found in the text-based world – and that could be an asset or a liability. As a piece posted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers points out, in an age when so many companies use automated systems to scan text-based resumes, Pinterest should be just one of a package of tactics you use in a job hunt.