Sunday, August 30, 2009

Word! Uh, I Mean, Wordle

How about a good tool for matching the words in your resume to that of the job description that you are applying for?

It's a tool that, reportedly, is gaining popularity in the Human Resource and Recruiter circuit, to match up candidates with their job descriptions.

It's a web site tool named "Wordle." You can find it at:

Their web site says; "Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends."

Once you copy and paste either your resume or the job description that you are applying for, you can click on "Language" at the top of the page. This will give you a pull down menu. Go all the way to the bottom and select "Word Count". This will give you a pop-up list of words used in the selected text. Click on the word "Frequency" twice. This will show you the most common used words first, and show you how frequently they are used. The more frequently the words are used, the larger the words appear in the "word cloud".

Then you can play with the layout, font type, colors and "word cloud" shape.

It's actually fun to play with. Enjoy and discover other uses for Wordle.

The "Word Cloud" at the top of this blog article, is a cloud created with the words in the blog.

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