Word cloud generators are a quick and easy way to determine what words need to go onto your resume before you apply online. Check out this quick tutorial to learn more about the steps and how to use a free word cloud generator for resumes to your advantage.
Let’s all agree on one thing: writing resumes is not a fun process. Trust me, I know a lot of professional resume writers who want to discontinue this service. 😛 Even if you have a professional resume created by a pro, you’re still told you have to customize your resume to every job you apply to because of those fancy applicant tracking systems that are looking for keyword matches. “Shoot,” you think, “If only there were a way to figure out what words come up the most frequently for the roles I’m interested in.” Call me your genius, your leprechaun, your angel… I have a solution for you! Introducing…
Free Word Cloud Generator for Resumes
If you don’t know what a Word Cloud Generator is, it’s basically a tool that allows you to upload files or copy text and it creates an image of all the words that populate in your selected text. The more frequently the word shows up, the bigger the font is. This way, you can see what words pop out the most. I tried this on my resume and here’s what my word cloud looks like:
As you can see, it’s not a perfect process. It captured my years of employment and my dates. If I weren’t so lazy, I could have probably removed all of my contact information and headings before uploading the document. But anyways, I can see from here the relevant keywords that show up a few times are professional, coach, recruiting, candidates, staffing. That’s actually great because I just so happen to be interested in career coaching and recruiting type roles. If you’re curious what keywords are populating the most on your resume, check out Jason Davies’ Word Cloud. It’s free and simple to use. It’s the free site I used. Just copy and paste the text from your resume and hit Submit. You’ll get an image similar to the one above so you can see if the keywords you want to be known for are populating!
Word Cloud Generator for Job Descriptions
If you want to take this next level, I recommend finding 2-3 job descriptions that you’re interested in. Copy and paste these into the Word Cloud Generator to see what these roles are emphasizing. If you want to get the best results, you’ll just copy and paste the sections summarizing the role, the job description bullets, and the qualifications. You’ll want to avoid copying and pasting the headings, the benefits, and the directions to apply.
To illustrate the results of word cloud generating for job descriptions, I copied and pasted 3 job descriptions into the entire text and hit submit (note: Admittedly, I was lazy again and did not remove any of the headings). But I think it’s still clear on how this works:
As you can see, the most popular words are: career, coach, community, track, create, students, plan, create. If this were really a title I wanted to target I could make sure my resume for Career Coaching included these words above. This would help me create a strong foundational resume to capture the most important words. Then, in the future, I can customize this main resume to each future jobs by easily swapping out a few words depending on the specific description.
Creating a word cloud won’t eliminate the need to customize your resume, but it will help with needing to change as much because you’re capturing some of the most common words.
What If I’m Applying to a New Career or Industry?
This exercise is also perfect for you then! Once you have an idea of the titles or the industry you are interested in, you can use Word Clouds for research purposes. For example, if you’re copying and pasting 3 job descriptions for paralegal and you’re seeing the phrase ABA Certificate or Lexis Nexis in really big letters, this might be a strong indicator that you should probably get an ABA Certificate or learn Lexis Nexis.
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I like this idea of using a word cloud generator to help analyse job descriptions. Its a really creative hack you have come up with here.
How COOL! This is soooo amazing, and something I really wish I had known about when I wasn’t working for myself.
Ive heard of this before and Ive heard that it really works with getting your resume to pop and stand out from the others
This is definitely an interesting idea. In theory it would show what strengths are and where are the ost experience is with anyone.
Really helpful tips. I always have a hard time editing my resume and try make it stand out more.
This is cool! I have to try this cloud generator app myself. 🙂
Thanks for these tips, they were really helpful!
wow cool to know this! IT would be less of a hustle for us job seekers to think of a perfect word to put on the resume. Great info! thanks for sharing!
This is such a great idea! I’ll be updating my resume soon with these key words in mind. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂
The idea looks absolutely brilliant! so simple yet it should work brilliantly
I love this idea. Sometimes I will re-read the employment advertisement and use their own words or phrases scattered throughout my resume..
You’re approach to job description analyses is one I haven’t heard before! Cool and congrads on originality!
Thuis is a great idea, Never heard this before but I know this would be a big help. very helpful, glad I found this.
I’m long past needing to fill out resumes and they sure have change from the simple resumes of the past. I think this word cloud generator rebuts the other sides needs for perfection. I’d love this when writing articles and wanting more of a variety of words that fit.
That’s a really cool idea! It’s hard to stand out in the crowd, but this is definitely one way to do it. Plus, it’s colorful and pretty, too! 🙂
This was such a great idea!
The Word Cloud Generator in your post only gives single terms/words i.e. it will highlight “developer” instead of “business developer” for example, so it’s not very useful. There is a specific resume keywords optimisation tool out there, that you may want to check out: cvscan.uk