Decoding Data Science Job Postings to Improve Your Resume

Intermediate Python, Beginner scikit-learn, Basics of Pandas
skills learned
Process data with Pandas, Dataframes K-means clustering, Information retrieval with tf-dif, Text cluster visualization
Nate George
4 weeks · 4-6 hours per week · INTERMEDIATE
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In this liveProject, you’ll step into the life of a budding data scientist looking for their first job in the industry. There are thousands of potential roles being advertised online, but only a few that are a good match to your skill set. Your challenge is to use data science tools to automate the process of trawling through job listings, to save time as you optimize your resume, identify the most in-demand skills, and find jobs that are a good fit for you. To do this you’ll use Python to perform Natural Language Processing and text analysis on pre-scraped data from jobs posting websites.
This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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project author

Nathan George
Nate George started his career studying LEDs for his PhD and working on solar cell manufacturing. He then leveraged his programming and mathematics experience to move to data science. Nate has been teaching and developing several data science and math courses at Regis University since 2017, mentors students at Udacity, and has developed a Python machine learning course at DataCamp. Nate?s expertise includes data engineering (database technologies such as MongoDB and PostgreSQL and cloud technologies such as GCP and AWS), data science (Python, R, statistics) and machine learning.


The liveProject is for intermediate Python programmers who know basic data science techniques. To begin this liveProject, you should be familiar with the following topics:

  • Basics of Jupyter notebooks
  • Basics of pandas
  • Basics of scikit-learn
  • Basics of K-means clustering
  • Basics of TF-IDF

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll learn how to use libraries in the Python data ecosystem to analyze text-based data. You’ll clean data derived from HTML files, use text similarity analysis to find the perfect job for you, and visualize your results using word clouds and display plots.

  • Parsing HTML web pages with the BeautifulSoup library
  • Storing and processing data with pandas DataFrames
  • Converting raw text to numeric features with the scikit-learn library
  • Measuring text similarity with a cosine distance function
  • Dimensionality reduction with singular value decomposition using scikit-learn
  • k-means clustering using scikit-learn
  • Creating word clouds with the WordCloud library for text cluster visualization


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Get full access to select books for 90 days. Permanent access to excerpts from Manning products are also included, as well as references to other resources.

project outline


Prerequisites Test

Introduction Video

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1. Extracting Text from Online Job Postings

1.1. Extracting Raw Text from Job Posting HTML Web Pages

Python Tools for Data Exploration

Using the Filesystem

Extracting Text from Web Pages

1.2. Submit Your Work

2. Ranking Job Postings by Similarity

2.1. Find the Most Similar Job Postings to Our Resume

Computing TF-IDF Vectors with Scikit-Learn

Computing Similarities Across Large Document Datasets

2.2. Submit Your Work

3. Clustering Job Posting Skill Requirements

3.1. Finding Clusters of Job Posting Skills

Efficient Dimension Reduction Using SVD and Scikit-Learn

K-means Clustering Using Scikit-Learn

Clustering Texts by Topic

Visualizing Text Clusters

3.2. Submit Your Work

4. Finding Missing Skills From Our Resume

4.1. Determine Missing Resume Skills

4.2. Submit Your Work


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