In internet years, Tag or Word Clouds have been around forever. They are visual weighted lists, sort of like those silly maps of tourist locations that skew the size of restaurants and shops that are being highlighted. Like everyone, I have seen many Word Clouds but I never gave them much thought. That is, until someone suggested that I create a Word Cloud from my Curricula Vitae to get a gander at what recruiters see when they quickly browse it.
There are a ton of free Word Cloud generators and I used Wordle (www.wordle.net). I also decided to use my LinkedIn profile as the dust on my resume would probably clog the generator wheels. I was horrified by the following results:
Not only is this a poor representation of what I do, but the words that are prominent and appear most frequently are either meaningless or describe what I did 25 years ago! I thought about the words that depict what I’m doing now and the mental image that I want people to take away from my profile. I made some changes and the result is the Word Cloud at the top of this article. Is it perfect? No. But it’s a lot better than the original.
Tweak yours and you may actually get some business or job offers!