As a business analyst, I'm always looking for ways to improve things. One particular situation has to do with performing a job search in a competitive marketplace such as in today's age. There are a number of strategies and coaching steps around positioning one's self well with prospective company's. Whether refining your resume or analyzing a job posting or reviewing a prospective company's corporate culture site, there is a tool for you! The tool is called 'Wordle' and it can be found at www.wordle.net.
The object of Wordle is to create 'word clouds' which -- in analyst terms -- is a pictorial method for determining 'key words' in either your resume or job description or corporate culture site. So what is the purpose for all this analysis? How many times have you heard your career coach say: "put key words from the job description in your resume to customize it for each job." Before Wordle, there was quite a bit of guess work in determining key words. Using Wordle equivocates to pressing the 'easy button' with regard to ciphering the key words out of a document. One can quickly be drawn to key words in documents when they are in word cloud pictorial format.
For a tutorial on Wordle you can go to YouTube and the URL is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J-s68cO7-A.
Again, the philosophy behind finding these kind of short cuts (or Process Improvements as us Business Analyst types like to say) is to remove time constraining activities. Leaving more time during the job search for face-to-face networking activities is ultimate objective.