how to create your resume word cloud

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Recruiters and hiring managers are notoriously speedy resume scanners. Do you know what story your resume is telling them? Obviously, you can (and should) read and compare your resume to the job descriptions of the roles you’re applying for to ensure that you’ve positioned yourself as a strong fit; however, a fun and different way to confirm that your resume’s overall message is coming across clearly is by creating your very own resume word cloud!

Below, I’ve created a word cloud for my resume:

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You can see the words that pop up for me again and again -- recruiting, career, hiring, program, process, management, coach, alumni, candidates, students, and more. When I’m looking for a new job, I generally seek recruiting roles, career-related program management roles, and roles within higher education. These are all clearly reflected in my resume word cloud. Boom.

Use one (or all) of the following generators to create your own word cloud!

I’d recommend developing a word cloud using the job description for one of your target roles first, and then making one for your resume to see if you’ve been using similar terms to describe your skills, experience, and results. Be sure that the story you think you’re telling with your resume is accurately reflected in the words you’ve selected to tell it.

Share your reaction to your resume word cloud in the comments below!