Text Cloud Resumes and Job Descriptions

December 8th, 2008 by Livingston | Print Text Cloud Resumes and Job Descriptions

I think it’s fair to say that updating your own resume is a grueling task. Perhaps this is the reason some individuals stay at the same job for decades.  Formatting, font, content and layout all play a big part in the overall presentation of a resume.  Once you think you’ve got it right, hours are spent with a fine tooth comb, attempting to answer seemingly mindless questions including should I use that semicolon? There’s also  Periods or no Periods??

On a similar note, job descriptions are another professional document that hiring managers consistently squirm around. Maintaining a collaborative job description library is useful, it may also score brownie points with your client, but managers will still need to buckle down and write unique content.  This brings up the discussion of job advertisements vs. job descriptions, in order to separate your listing from the millions of job descriptions spanning thousands of job boards.

While content is important, correct punctuation and grammar are imperative to a resume.  Of course the devil is in the details, but it’s also important to examine the overall tone and text within your resume or job description.  Enter Text Clouds.

There are several free places to create Text Clouds..

Once you have created a text cloud with your resume, there are few things to look at once you take out everyday words including: the, and, a, of, etc..

Word Count: Examine the number of repeated words in your document. If your most common word is ‘great’, you may want to buy a thesaurus.  The largest words in your cloud should stand out; think of the large words as your skill set summary.

Subject Matter: If you’re interested in a particular job, take a look at the job’s cloud tag and compare it to your own. If you don’t recognize 90% of the larger words, you’re probably not a fit for the position.

SEO/SEM: For your most important skill set keywords, it may be worth using multiple references or tenses.  For example, a Flash/ActionScript developer may want to have “ActionScript”, “Action Script” and AS 2.0/3.0 listed throughout their resume.  It’s also important to note that some sourcing tools including Broadlook Diver, will only return results with keywords located in certain areas of the resume.

Responsibilities versus Required Experience: Job descriptions are typically separated into sections. Create text clouds with individual paragraphs, to see how closely the required experience resembles the day to day requirements of the opening.  Your resume text cloud may not resemble the overall job description, but may fit the required experience.

Hat tip to Joe Lamantia for a great post on other interesting Text Cloud examples.


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