How to Write Your Resume with ChatGPT

Everyone on the internet seems to be talking about artificial intelligence (AI) lately—especially a new tool called ChatGPT that people are increasingly turning to.

But what's ChatGPT exactly? And how do you access it? Here's everything you need to know about how the platform works, and how you can leverage it for your job search.

What is ChatGPT and how does it work?

You may be more familiar with artificial intelligence than you think.

If you've ever used AI-enabled assistants like Siri and Alexa, where you can ask questions and get an immediate response in return, you've experienced firsthand how artificial intelligence can integrate with your day-to-day life to provide real-time answers.

Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer—ChatGPT for short—is a powerful new artificial intelligence tool developed by OpenAI, one of the world’s most ambitious AI labs, that uses natural language processing (NLP) technology to help people communicate with computers more naturally and intuitively.

Since its November 2022 debut, the tool and its sophisticated data science have taken the world by storm, showing us how exploring new forms of machine learning can result in powerful use cases—including for your job search.

What are the benefits of using artificial intelligence in your job search?

In today's competitive job market, the job search process can be exhausting.

From checking multiple job sites and job boards to keeping track of all the relevant jobs of interest and the various job descriptions from target companies. Remembering which positions you've already applied for, which ones are in progress, and which ones require follow-up. Optimizing your LinkedIn profile. Customizing and tailoring your resume for multiple job descriptions. Prepping for interviews. Ensuring you stand out from other qualified candidates. Writing thank-you notes.

The process of looking for a new job is daunting—and especially in an ever-changing job market where hiring trends are evolving amidst mass layoffs and reductions in the workforce. If artificial intelligence can help streamline the process for job seekers, that may not be such a bad thing.

Should you use AI for job search?

We'd say yes, but with caution and the caveat that machine learning—while impressive—isn't a total replacement for putting in the work. Candidates searching for a boost from technology are in luck, but ChatGPT and other AI solutions aren't 100% accurate; they do the best job they can with the information they're given, but it's up to the job seeker to provide the appropriate inputs and adjust the outputs accordingly. Ultimately, It's not a complete replacement for a career coach or a professional resume writer, but it is an excellent compliment to both.  

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What are the drawbacks of using artificial intelligence as a job seeker?

There's a lot of debate over whether using a chatbot like ChatGPT and leveraging AI to enhance your job search is "cheating"—a replacement for doing the work yourself.

Our take: Technology was created to support our work, but it's not a substitute for doing the work, and that holds true when it comes to using ChatGPT for job applications.

Only you know your real work history: your achievements, metrics, and accomplishments. But platforms like ChatGPT can lend valuable insight into the process.

A word of caution: The ChatGPT platform is trained to decline inappropriate requests, but it notes on its site that it may occasionally produce harmful instructions or biased content, may occasionally generate incorrect information, and has limited knowledge of the world and events after 2021.

Proceed with caution and, if you feel inclined, review the company's privacy policy to make sure you're comfortable with the way they use personal data.

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How to use ChatGPT for resume writing and your job search

So you've decided to try out artificial intelligence to help speed up your process. When it comes to AI and ChatGPT, the use cases are seemingly endless, but here are three ways to start to leverage ChatGPT for your resume.

1. Use ChatGPT to write resume achievements and tailor your resume to a job description

You've heard it's important to tailor your resume to the job description to show that you're a qualified candidate for the role—but how can you ensure your bullet points reflect that? In addition to using the free Achievement Assistant tool within the AI Resume Builder, try leveraging ChatGPT for this part of the process:

  1. Login and go to "Matching Mode" in your Resume Builder, then select one of the jobs from your Job Tracker to focus on.
  2. Go to the "Job Description" tab and scroll to the "Responsibilities" section.
  3. Copy the responsibilities and paste them into ChatGPT. Enter this prompt: "Write resume achievements with metrics based on these job responsibilities."
  4. Watch the magic happen!
  5. Copy the output from ChatGPT and, one at a time, paste them into your Teal Resume Builder as achievements.
  6. Make sure to carefully proofread and edit the bullet point achievement, tweaking it as needed using the Achievement Assistant tool. Remember: AI tools are intelligent, but they're not foolproof. You want to ensure you actually have the experience that AI says you do, and you want to double-check for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and clarity.
  7. Turn on and off the achievements that make sense for the job you're applying to.

Use Teal's New AI Functionality to Create Faster

Alternatively, you can skip these steps and just use Teal's new AI functionality to create custom resume achievements.

Not only will these assets be created quickly and easily to speed up your resume workflow, but they’ll also be crafted using your previous work experience and the job description of the target role, to make your achievements increasingly relevant.

Create a high-quality, tailored resume that you can feel confident submitting.

Sign up for a free Teal account to try it yourself.

Teal's Resume Builder has built-in GPT-3 technology, functioning as a ChatGPT resume writer.
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2. Use ChatGPT to create a professional summary

Professional summaries are another hot topic. Some recruiters and hiring managers say they're helpful as they speak to a candidate's career in aggregate and highlight their key accomplishments. Others argue it's a waste of space and job seekers should dive right into their skills and achievements.

We're fans of the professional summary, especially if you have multiple years of work experience or are pivoting to a new career or industry. Wondering how to write a resume summary? 

Here's how to use Chat GPT to write a resume (and more specifically, your professional summary.)

  1. Once you've tailored your resume in the Teal AI Resume Builder, copy the text.
  2. For the ChatGPT prompt, say: "Write a professional summary using my resume."
  3. Press "Shift" + "Enter."
  4. Paste your resume into ChatGPT.
  5. When you get your result, click "try again" to generate two more versions.
  6. Pull your favorite phrases from each option and create a cohesive, reflective, customized, and eye-catching resume summary.
  7. Paste the final summary into the tailored resume you plan to use.

Again, you can use Teal's new AI functionality to do all this work for you and create professional summaries in seconds. And with the combo of Teal's Resume Builder and Job Tracker, it's easy to save all your job search assets in one place. This eliminates the need to keep multiple documents and go back and forth between ChatGPT, job descriptions, and your resume. 

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ChatGPT can write you a professional summary for your resume in seconds, as can Teal's Resume Builder
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3. Use ChatGPT to write a cover letter

And now, the most controversial topic: cover letters.

Spend five minutes on LinkedIn or TikTok and you'll see heated debates over the value and importance of cover letters, whether recruiters and hiring managers even read them, and whether they're an outdated part of the job search in 2023.

But still, many jobs you apply for may request a customized cover letter that speaks specifically to the company and position.

Much like tailored resumes, cover letters should highlight what you’ve accomplished relevant to the role while persuading those hiring that you’re the best fit for the job. It might sound complicated, but it doesn’t have to be—ChatGPT can help you write your cover letter seamlessly.

How to do it:

  1. Once you've used "Matching Mode" to create a resume tailored to a particular role in your Teal Job Tracker, go ahead and copy the text from that resume and paste it into ChatGPT.
  2. Head back to your Job Tracker and go to the job description for this role. Copy and paste the requirements and responsibilities into ChatGPT alongside your resume.
  3. For the prompt, write, "Write a cover letter using my resume and a job description."
  4. Edit your new cover letter in Google Docs as needed before saving and sending it.

Cover letters are another area where the AI Resume Builder can help you skip the middle man, quickly generating a cover letter relevant to the role you're applying for and your work history. Sign up for a free Teal account today to try it yourself.

Looking for more inspiration for your CV or cover letter? Check out over 700 resume examples for various job titles and get cover letter templates for each role.

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The best ChatGPT resume prompts for job seekers

Since we’ve been using ChatGPT for resume writing, cover letters, LinkedIn content, and more, we’ve come across some tips that we’d love to share—and we've rounded up 21 great ChatGPT prompts for your resume here.

First, we suggest including a tone or style of writing. This could be “conversational,” but it could also be a framework like Storybrand. This will allow ChatGPT to write in a way that feels natural and close to your style.

Additionally, we suggest including a word or page count and asking ChatGPT to review additional materials that are pasted below the prompt. 

The prompts below follow this specific structure. 

  1. Write four resume achievements with metrics based on the job responsibilities below.
  2. Draft five persuasive resume achievements based on my resume below.
  3. Create a compelling professional summary for a job application using my resume and the job description below as a reference in 150 words or less. 
  4. Write an executive-level professional summary using my resume and the job description below as a reference in 150 words or less. 
  5. Using the resume and job description below, please showcase eight relevant skills I should highlight.

With Teal's AI Resume Writerall of this information will be stored in your account, which makes AI resume creation effective.

Here's what happened when we asked ChatGPT to write us a resume—and what we needed to fix before we'd submit it.

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Tips for using ChatGPT for your job search

Can ChatGPT really write you a resumeYes—but if you do choose to leverage AI tools for your job search, here are five best practices to keep in mind. h

  1. Be specific and provide detailed prompts to ChatGPT. Some may argue that the AI space is oversaturated and that everyone will get the same outputs if they enter the same inputs. Although your AI-generated response may not be 100% unique, it can be modified once the foundation's in place.
  2. Provide relevant assets to help ensure personalization. In each section above, we asked ChatGPT to review a specific job role, and/or a resume to help it craft a more personalized answer. We highly suggest when using ChatGPT that you provide it with all the resources it needs to create an answer that's crafted specifically for you.
  3. Review and edit the output from ChatGPT to ensure it's accurate and professional. Again, we don't condone lying about your experience (with our without AI!) Use in this capacity is meant to assist job seekers, not to fabricate career histories that can't be backed up with truthful examples.
  4. Proofread and double-check for errors before sending any materials generated by ChatGPT. Though artificial intelligence is sophisticated, it's not always 100% spot-on. (And neither are we as humans.) We always like to recommend a tool like Grammarly for a grammar and spell check.
  5. Ask for human feedback before submitting. Whether you ask a mentor, friend, or career coach for input before submitting, it's a good idea to get a second set of eyes on your resume before submitting it to keep a human eye out for any potential problems.

You can sign up for ChatGPT here.

Conclusion

You can use the steps above to create and customize your resume, cover letter, and even LinkedIn profile using ChatGPT. If you're looking for a more integrated ChatGPT resume builder or AI resume builder, check out Teal.

The Teal Resume Builder now leverages GPT-3 to help you create a professional and impactful resume. Say goodbye to tedious manual work and hello to quick and easy resume building—with artificial intelligence, our Resume Builder generates professional summaries, highlights your achievements, and crafts compelling cover letters in seconds. 

Ready to take control of your career?

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Lia Zneimer

Lia Zneimer

A career pivoter who started out as an actor, Lia is now the Head of Brand & Content Marketing at Teal. Prior to that, she ran the social media team at WeWork and started The MarketHer, a newsletter to help women find roles in marketing.

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