This post originally appeared on April 15, 2009.
Here’s some cheap entertainment:
- Go to wordle.net.
- Copy-and-paste your text resume.
- See how it looks. Do you see a lot of action verbs? Do you reuse the same ones over and over? Is it too heavy on the buzzwords and acronyms?
It’s an interesting way to look at your resume and see whether you’re using the sort of language that best communicates your skills and experience. Plus, it’s kinda fun.
I wish I’d saved some of the corporate memos I’ve received over the years. You can tell a lot about a company’s culture by looking at its favorite buzzwords. If “leverage” or “synergy” are the biggest words in their word cloud, RUN.
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