Whether you’re looking for your first job out of college or have been in the business for decades, there’s one thing we can all agree on — job hunting is a tedious process.
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As if finding a job that matches your qualifications and expectations wasn’t difficult enough, you should also encapsulate all of your experience and professional strengths into one application.
The app is made up of many moving parts such as references, experience, cover letter, creative portfolio, and the scariest thing for some people — a CV or resume.
Well, now ChatGPT is here to help simplify the process of creating a resume.
How ChatGPT can help your job application process
You can use ChatGPT to help you generate ideas and bullet points for your role from scratch, or to refine and optimize your current bullet points that might otherwise fall off the mark. Beyond bullet points, it can help you answer questions about building your resume and best practices. Here’s how to get started.
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Postscript: If you have access to Bing Chat, it can also serve as a great assistant for this process too because it has all the same capabilities as ChatGPT but with access to the internet.
ChatGPT will help you with all the resumes on text, but before you can add them, you have to choose a template. The programs you use to write your resume — such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, and Canva — likely already have a resume template.
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A quick Google search for resume templates will also lead you to hundreds of editable templates that you can import into your program of choice. I suggest choosing the one that best represents you and your needs.
You will then want to visit the OpenAI ChatGPT homepage and log in or create an account. It’s free to use so the sign-up process is simple, no credit card or obscure information required.
If you want ChatGPT to generate text for your resume from scratch, all you have to do is request it.
Whether you want to produce a professional summary or individual bullets, ask them directly. For example I asked ChatGPT “Could you write a short professional resume summary about my role as a technology reporter?” In seconds, as seen in the photo.
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While ChatGPT is more than capable of generating content ready to copy and paste into a resume, you should tweak the text to suit your real experience and also look less robotic. Ultimately, employers want to learn about what makes you unique and without your help, the chatbot will only have access to general instructions about your role.
Whether you decide to try filling out the template yourself before using ChatGPT’s help or have a resume you’d like to improve, ChatGPT is a great resource for brushing up on your text. All you have to do is copy and paste your own text and ask ChatGPT to make it better.
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For example, I asked ChatGPT “Can you make this resume bullet sound a little better: I write a story about technology”. In a matter of seconds, it spits out much more complicated points that incorporate a professional tone and make those simple sentences even more complex, as seen in the photo. After getting the result, you can always tell ChatGPT to change it further with a request like, “Make it shorter” or “Could you include [additional details]”.
How much does it cost to have ChatGPT write your resume?
ChatGPT is currently free to use whatever you use it for, including resume creation assistance.
How can ChatGPT help me with my resume?
ChatGPT can generate text for various sections of your resume including professional summaries and individual bullet points for each experience. Chatbots can also help improve your current resume by optimizing your current text. If you have questions about how to format your resume and what to include, ChatGPT can provide you with some answers.
What to include in a resume?
Ideally, you want a resume that highlights all of your career accomplishments. This can include educational, professional and leadership experiences that are meaningful to you. You’ll also want to include as many details of your unique experience as possible to make you stand out among other applicants.