Use a Word Cloud to See if You Are Emphasizing the Right Keywords in Your Resume

Posted by Kathleen Smith

Word Cloud. You’ve probably seen one but may not have realized what it is. A word cloud is a randomly arranged combination of words or phrases meant to visually represent the words or ideas that are most prominent in a document. The more a phrase or word appears in a document, the larger it will appear in the word cloud.

You can create a word cloud with Wordle, a free online tool. Just enter your document or phrases into their form and you’ve got your word cloud.

How is this relevant to your job search? As you know you should tailor your resume to each position you apply for, making sure to include relevant keywords for the position. Wordle your resume. Are the primary job requirements the largest words in your word cloud? Or are you emphasizing the wrong words or phrases?

Run your networking resume through Wordle as well. Did you highlight the skill sets you thought you were highlighting?

This isn’t a no-fail process, but it provides a different perspective on your resume that you may find insightful.

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 25, 2011 7:30 am

2 thoughts on “Use a Word Cloud to See if You Are Emphasizing the Right Keywords in Your Resume”

  1. In 2008 I initiated the use of tag clouds to analyze the words contained in a Federal Job Announcement however Wordle is a fun tool the variety of views are very distracting. The internet website we recommend is it provides a “right side up” tag cloud in an alphabetical format and is much more efficient to use.

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