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4 Ways to Use ChatGPT to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile (with Prompts)

First impressions matter—especially when it comes to your LinkedIn profile. Because you only have a few seconds to catch someone's attention, it’s imperative that your profile is solid and engaging.

But that’s a lot of work, right? Not anymore. 

Enter ChatGPT. It’s an AI (artificial intelligence) tool you’ve probably heard about via friends, the news, or social media. While the enhancements of AI and, specifically, ChatGPT, are SO intriguing, many people still are unsure what it is, if it’s safe, and if it can even be helpful to them. 

Well, we’re here to help! In this article, we’ll dive deep into ChatGPT, whether you should be using it as a working professional, and one of the easiest ways to start using it (hint: it’s LinkedIn!). 

What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT, short for Chat-based Generative Pre-trained Transformer, uses natural language processing (NLP) to quickly and accurately generate texts from your conversations. Using simple commands such as “summarize my resume” or “highlight my experience,” ChatGPT can automatically create compelling descriptions in just a few minutes without manual editing. 

Not only does it provide convenience and efficiency, but it also ensures your written content is grammatically correct and concisely captures your accomplishments and ambitions. With ChatGPT at hand, you can be sure that your LinkedIn profile will stand out from the competition!

What are the benefits of using ChatGPT as a professional?

As a business professional, you or your company are probably already thinking about how ChatGPT could benefit your day-to-day operations. It makes many processes simpler by automating tedious tasks quickly and accurately. 

And as a networking, working professional, there are multiple other ways you could use ChatGPT for your benefit without having to jump through as many hoops. 

For example, you can use ChatGPT in your job search to enhance your resume or you can use ChatGPT to write your cover letter. You can use it to craft a professional website, emails, direct messages, social media posts, articles, etc. It can help you think through topics to talk about, identify sources, or even create an outline for a task you’d like to complete. 

ChatGPT allows you to spend far less time on repetitive and often time-consuming tasks and instead use that time for more strategic work. 

Why is LinkedIn the best place to get started with ChatGPT as a professional?

According to LinkedIn, they host more than 875 million professional profiles. Because of this, you can reach out to a nearly unlimited supply of network connections and future opportunities. Everything from seeking a new job to maintaining your brand is possible with the help of this platform.

And if you already know this, maybe you’ve been telling yourself that you need to update and utilize LinkedIn on a deeper level for quite some time now. Or perhaps you have a very well-optimized, updated profile ready to go and know how time-consuming it can be to keep your LinkedIn in that state. ChatGPT can help with either of these scenarios! 

LinkedIn is the ideal platform to test out if you want to get comfortable with ChatGPT as a professional because it’s approachable, requires a significant amount of copy to be successful, and can be executed without the need for an employer, peer, or tech review.

How to install and use ChatGPT on your LinkedIn profile

Enhancing your LinkedIn profile with ChatGPT technology is easier than you think, and it’s also completely free. Below, we’ll get into all the ways you can use ChatGPT with many LinkedIn features.

To get started, you need to access ChatGPT via OpenAI. You can sign up for a free account by visiting chat.openai.com. Simply provide an email address, Google account, or Microsoft account to complete your signup. The website and app are currently free. There is a lot of traffic on the site, so if you don't have luck the first time, give it a few minutes and check back.

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Four ways to use ChatGPT for your LinkedIn Profile

And now for the fun part:  tangible tips on how to use ChatGPT for your LinkedIn profile! Before we get started, we would like to add a word of caution. ChatGPT is a VERY new technology that is constantly evolving and in testing. Currently, the platform is trained to decline inappropriate requests but explains on its site that it may occasionally produce harmful instructions or biased content. Additionally, it may unintentionally generate incorrect information and needs to gain more knowledge of the world and events after 2021. We suggest you proceed with caution and, to be extra safe, review the company's privacy policy to ensure you're comfortable with how they use personal data.

Now that we’ve gotten past the formalities, let’s dive in!

1.) ChatGPT for your LinkedIn “about” section

Here's how to use artificial intelligence (specifically, ChatGPT) to create the first draft of a professional summary or LinkedIn “About” section:

  1. For the prompt, write: "Write a LinkedIn About section using my resume." OR “Write a professional summary using my work experience and include my total years of experience, the keyword “X”, and keep it shorter than 150 words.”
  2. Type “Shift + Enter” to create a new line. 
  3. Then head to LinkedIn and copy the text from your resume into ChatGPT below the prompt. Clean up whenever necessary. 
  4. When you get your result, save it in a separate area, (The Work History section of the Teal Resume Builder is a great option for this) then click "Try again" to generate two more versions. Remember to save ChatGPT’s response each time. 
  5. Sort through the options, pull what you like from each generated version, add your own flair and eventually, finalize a summary that reflects you best.

Paste the summary back into the "About" section of your LinkedIn profile

Want to compare the results to a summary you've written yourself? Use Teal's free Professional Summary Builder tool to help guide you.

2.) ChatGPT for your LinkedIn headline

Now we will go over how you can use ChatGPT to create a stellar LinkedIn headline. We’d like to add that some of our favorite headlines use emojis and more personal descriptors. You can ask ChatGPT to create a headline in a specific writing style, so keep that in mind, and always add your own custom enhancements.

  1. For the prompt, type: "Write a LinkedIn headline using my resume and keep it shorter than 220 characters.” OR “Write a LinkedIn headline in a conversational tone using my work experience and  the keywords “X” and “Y.” Keep it shorter than 220 characters.”
  2. Type “Shift + Enter” to create a new line. 
  3. Then head to LinkedIn and copy the text from your resume into ChatGPT below the prompt. Clean up whenever necessary. 
  4. When you get your result, save it in a separate area, (Teal is a great option for this) then click "Try again" to generate two more versions. Remember to save ChatGPT’s response each time. 
  5. Sort through the options, pull what you like from each generated version, add your own flair and eventually, finalize a headline that reflects you best.

3.) ChatGPT for your LinkedIn resume achievements

Next, we’re going to talk through how to use artificial intelligence to help us craft the first draft of your LinkedIn resume achievements. 

For this example, we’re going to pretend we’re showcasing the achievements of a Senior Marketing Manager.

  1. For the prompt, write: "Write three resume achievements for Senior Marketing Manager and include success metrics with brand awareness.” (Feel free to replace that title and the keywords with ones relevant to your role or industry!)
  2. Type “Shift” + “Enter” to create a new line. 
  3. From here, you can either find your old job description, provide a quick summary of your work and results in that particular role, or use existing copy you already have to highlight the work you did.
  4. When you get your result, save it in a separate area, (Teal is a great option for this) then click "try again" to generate two more versions. Remember to save ChatGPT’s response each time.
  5. Sort through the options, pull what you like from each generated version, add your own flair and eventually, finalize resume achievements that you love. 
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 for each of your previous roles
  7. Paste the final achievements into your LinkedIn profile 

4.) ChatGPT for your LinkedIn messages 

Our final LinkedIn tip involves using AI to write LinkedIn messages to new connections. This is especially helpful when you’re in a job search, and connecting with hiring managers, and potential team members. 

  1. For the prompt, ask ChatGPT: "Write a LinkedIn message to thank the hiring manager for her time for the interview for the senior marketing manager role at Amazon.” You can use a similar prompt in regards to checking the status of your application, or expressing initial interest - just be specific. 
  2. When you get your result, save it in a separate document, then click "Try again" to generate two more versions. Remember to save ChatGPT’s response each time. 
  3. Sort through the options, pull what you like from each generated version, add your own flair and eventually, finalize a perfect follow up message that reflects you best and send it. 
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How to Check if Your LinkedIn Profile Is Officially Optimized

Before officially using ChatGPT to optimize your profile, we suggest utilizing the Teal LinkedIn Review tool. 

Teal’s free tool will analyze your profile and offer personalized suggestions on how to enhance specific areas so it ranks well in LinkedIn search and showcases your achievements in the best possible light. This will give you clear guidance as you use ChatGPT to improve it. 

After you’ve tackled your summary, headline, experience, etc., with the help of ChatGPT, we suggest you run your profile through the tool an additional time to see your improved score and ensure you’re putting your best foot forward. 

And If You’re Ready to Start Your Job Search

Having a highly well-optimized LinkedIn profile and, more specifically, a professional online presence will automatically open you up to more opportunities. And if you’re ready to capitalize on these opportunities, we have the tools for you! Alongside our LinkedIn Review tool, Teal offers a free Job Tracker and Resume Builder.

With these tools in hand, you can organize your job search and optimize your resume based on the roles you apply for with guided support and ease. Check out the Teal website to learn more! 

We hope you found these tips helpful! Please check out additional Teal articles on ChatGPT below if you’re interested in learning more.

3 Ways to Use ChatGPT & AI for Your Resume & Job Search

How to Use ChatGPT to Write your Cover Letter

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Alli Tunell

Alli Tunell

Alli is a tech marketing strategist with 10+ years of experience. Currently, Alli works as a Senior Growth Marketing Manager at Teal. After dealing with far too many frustrating job searches herself, she has found so much joy in helping other job applicants win in a challenging market.

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