Idea for Job Seekers – Wordle Your Resume

I’m home sick with allergies and a sinus infection and when I get really bored I like to browse through the questions posted on LinkedIn. I enjoy responding to questions–must be the librarian in me. LinkedIn is a great place for library staff to monitor, respond, and help people. I see a lot of questions about recommending resources, finding books and other materials, and information needs in general. Library staff could really be promoting the profession by responding to these requests on LinkedIn and reminding people that we are about more than buns and books.

Tonight on LinkedIn I came across a new (to me) use for Wordle a fun, web-based tag cloud creator. Resumes. Run your resume through and see what it says about you.

Wordle is great for the visual and kinesthetic learners and this may be a fun way to spice up resume and job hunting classes you are offering to the public.

My Resume in Wordle

About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.


  1. I wordle our search logs every month and post them to our blog and mail them around the library staff, so they can see what patrons are searching for in the catalog. Of course, the author wordle always says P – A – T – T- E -R – S- O -N biggest of all!

  2. Sounds like a neat project, Brent. I agree, it’s a laereyd and complex field that is sometimes hard to define as a single field. To me, that’s part of the problem. It’s not really a single discipline.The second part of the problem, in my view is interwoven with the first. I think folks honestly want to do the right thing in most cases. And in the cases where results are less than stellar or aren’t considered, most of the time it’s because we haven’t selected the right person for the job or haven’t given them the right tools to do the right thing.As you assemble your map, it’d be nice to see not only a “geographic representation” of the different slices of the discipline and where they overlap, but the tendencies of each slice. One tendency I see is a closed view that tends towards 1) “what I was taught” in the narrowest and least synthesized context and 2) “what I’ve seen before” (regardless of how well that thing worked well or whether it actually applies in the current context). We tend to reject anything that comes outside of our sphere and sharing practices with a willingness to adjust and adapt tend to be rare.We’re also fairly divided where education is concerned. Those that have it think it’s the only way to attain mastery. Those without it that have attained mastery don’t value the education. Both are right. Both are wrong. As professionals, in my opinion, we need to have another metric as an indicator than a graduate degree. Too many folks I have worked with don’t have the affinity or passion to develop mastery, yet they have the graduate degree. If we can reach stability in that metric, we can start to culturally develop the subfields to a high level of competence and reliability. As it stands, too many folks are coming out of school and running solo or under someone else that didn’t receive great guidance. We’re perpetuating poor genes through the system.On the bright side, I think things are changing for the better. I think the industry is in for a long period of improvement as we turn away from a low period in the discipline’s history towards a highly generative progression with a focus on design as a real practice, not just a letter in the title.If you want an extra hand putting this together, I’m happy to help out.

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