I discovered word clouds today. How cool! I've seen them before, but never really completely understood their use other than aesthetics. Enter stage right: a junk email advertising how to maximize your use of Linked-In as a job search tool.
Well, having been a former job coach and currently looking for my next day job, I took a peek. And what did I discover but word clouds.
You may still be wondering what a word cloud is. Basically, you input text and the program will analyze the text and spit out the key words randomly. However the key words are weighted by size. The bigger the word, the more times you used it.
How does it apply to a job search? Well, input your resume - get your word cloud visually detailing how you described yourself in your resume? Is that the way you WANT to describe yourself? Did you really mean to say belligerent 3 times and have it so prominent in your word cloud? (Ha! Just kidding.) Now you can do the same thing with your Linked In Profile. And then you can do the same thing with your target job description or target company. How do they match up and what can you adjust?
So, fiddling about, I decided to try it with my blog. Yes! You can do it with a blog as well. Below are my results...
Now, as my readers, I begin to wonder if this is what you want to read about when you come to my page. Is it? Do you want to read about these things? Or were you wanting to read more about photography and the creative process? Yes, I write this blog for myself somewhat, but really, I write it for you, my audience. So, tell me, what would you like to hear more about?
By the way, want to try creating your own word cloud? Check out http://www.wordle.net. It's cool and I can imagine all kinds of possibilities! Have fun!