How to Use ChatGPT to Write Your Cover Letter

ChatGPT and AI are taking the internet by storm! 

At this point, you’ve probably heard of it, are a little unsure of it, and you can’t quite pin down how you’ll be able to use it to your advantage in your job search. 

Well, we’d love to help! In this article, we’ll explain one of the most helpful ways to use ChatGPT in your job search – writing your cover letter. Below, we’ll discuss whatChatGPT is, how to use it in your job search, and what prompts you should use to get the best results. We’ll even showcase examples of the best cover letters we asked ChatGPT to create.

Watch the video below, and read on to learn how to write the perfect cover letter with the help of ChatGPT in a matter of minutes. 

What is ChatGPT? 

ChatGPT is a remarkable new AI-powered chatbot. Short for Chat-based Generative Pre-trained Transformer, ChatGPT uses advanced natural language processing (NLP) to quickly and accurately generate human-like conversation in any given context.  

All you have to do is feed it relevant prompts like “Write my cover letter using my resume below as a reference,” and it will create a beautifully crafted and relevant draft just for you.

How can I use artificial intelligence in my job search?

There are a ton of ways you can use ChatGPT in your job search. You can use ChatGPT to write your resume, optimize your LinkedIn profile, write your resume achievements, craft a letter of interest, and so much more. 

The fantastic part about ChatGPT is that it allows you to automate the cumbersome aspects of your job search, which gives you more time to be strategic about your application process. With the help of AI, you can craft personalized resumes and cover letters for every job you apply for.

Additionally, Teal recently launched an integration with ChatGPT inside our Resume Builder that will allow all members to generate professional summaries, write resume achievements, and craft compelling cover letters in seconds.

Not only will these assets be created quickly and easily with the help of AI, but they’ll also be crafted using your previous work experience and the job description you’re applying for. Doing so will allow you to complete a high-quality, tailored resume and cover letter that you can feel confident submitting. Sign up for a free Teal account today to enhance your resume and cover letter with the help of AI!

Things to consider when using ChatGPT in my job search

When using ChatGPT during your job search, it’s essential to consider the potential drawbacks. 

ChatGPT is still a VERY new technology that is consistently besting tested and reiterated. Currently, the platform is told to decline inappropriate requests but claims on its site that it may still sometimes produce harmful instructions or biased content. 

Also, it may accidentally generate incorrect information and needs to gain more knowledge of the world and events after 2021. When using ChatGPT, we suggest that you proceed with caution and, to be extra careful, assess the company's privacy policy to ensure you feel OK with how they use personal data.

Lastly, it is still vital to have real conversations with recruiters to stand out as a qualified candidate - in this case, ChatGPT cannot replace an actual conversation. Use your own writing for one on one contact as much as possible.

How to use ChatGPT to write your cover letter 

To get started, simply Google “ChatGPT,” access the OpenAI website, and sign up for a free account. All you need is an email address, Google account, or Microsoft account - it's easy and doesn't take more than a few minutes. Best of all, both the website and app are free to use. 

Once you’ve logged in, follow the steps below to create an AI-powered cover letter.

  1. Go to "Matching Mode" in your Teal Resume Builder and 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. Copy the responsibilities.
  3. Head to ChatGPT and enter this prompt: "Write my cover letter for X role at Y in a conversational tone, using the job responsibilities below as a reference.” 
  4. Press "Shift" + "Enter."
  5. Paste the responsibilities below that prompt.
  6. When you get your result, save it in a separate area (again, Teal’s Resume Builder is an excellent option for this), then click "try again" to generate two more versions. Remember to save ChatGPT’s response each time.
  7. Sort through the options, pull what you like from each generated version, make sure it accurately reflects your experience, and finalize a cover letter you love. 

And remember, while you can do this task individually on ChatGPT for each job application process you move through, there is a better and more efficient way to generate customized cover letters.

Teal's free product helps you track all your job postings and job applications, and helps you to create customized resumes and cover letters for each one instantly.

The video below showcases the steps for using Teal's AI functionality to create your personalized cover letter directly inside our app without needing to use prompts or a separate ChatGPT account. Sign up for a free Teal account today to create custom job search assets made with your resume and saved jobs in mind.

The best ChatGPT prompts to use for cover letters

The best way to see beneficial results from artificial intelligence is by putting in the actual legwork. You cannot expect AI to do everything for you at the click of a button. ChatGPT only works well with help and strategic direction from an actual person. 

That’s why thoughtful prompts are SO necessary. The input you give ChatGPT influences the quality of output you receive. The more detailed suggestions you provide, the more likely it will be able to customize the outcome for you. 

Below are four ChatGPT prompts for writing cover letters that we love. If you’re looking for even more prompts, check our ChatGPT resume prompts, and ChatGPT cover letter prompts articles. 

We suggest personalizing these to your experience, the companies you’re applying with, and the job title you’re applying for.

  1. Write a conversational cover letter for a job application as a [position] at [company] using my resume below as a reference.
  1. Draft a persuasive cover letter in 150 words or less highlighting my qualifications and enthusiasm for the [position] at [company] using my resume achievements below. 
  1. Create a compelling cover letter that explains why I am the best fit for the [position] at [company]. Write the cover letter using the StoryBrand Framework.
  1. Compose a professional cover letter demonstrating how my abilities align with the requirements for the [position] at [company]. Use the information below as a guide. 

In each of these prompts, the creator is expected to provide context like a job description and resume achievements or a professional summary to see the best possible outcome. You'll see above that we also directed ChatGPT to write a cover letter with 150 words or less. We noticed that most of the cover letters it created were a bit verbose, so we suggest using that word count limit for each out.

Below, you'll see an example of a cover letter that ChatGPT created for us on the spot using one of the prompts above!

Cover letter created with the help of ChatGPT

ChatGPT cover letter writer

The job search is improving with the help of artificial intelligence. Now, job seekers can finally have the advantage of creating customized cover letters for every single job they apply to. 

And with Teal’s AI integration, Teal members can generate professional summaries, resume achievements, and compelling cover letters in seconds.

With all the cover letters and applications you’ll need to keep track of, it’ll become even more important for you to stay organized in your job search. Fortunately, Teal offers a free Job Tracker and Resume Builder to help you automate and optimize your job search!

Sign up for Teal for free today to make your job search even faster, and far more strategic.

Additional ChatGPT Cover Letter FAQs

What is a cover letter?

A cover letter is a formal document you send alongside your resume when applying for a job. It's your opportunity to introduce yourself to the hiring managers, explain your interest in the position, and highlight your relevant skills and experiences. In essence, the cover letter is a way to sell yourself and make a strong first impression.

You can also use it to address gaps in your employment history or explain why you are switching careers.

Can ChatGPT write a cover letter?

Yes! Cover letters are an excellent use case for ChatGPT.

Writing a tailored cover letter based on each particular job you apply to is a smart tactic. But unfortunately, it takes far too much time. With the help of ChatGPT, job seekers can now write a cover letter instantly that showcases their key skills and why they are the right person for a position.

Is it necessary to create a personalized cover letter?

A personalized cover letter is highly encouraged for your job search. It showcases to the hiring manager that you've researched the company and the position you're applying for and are genuinely interested in the job.

It also allows you to highlight your relevant skills and experiences that match the job requirements and to explain how you can contribute to the company's success.

Finally, a custom cover letter can also set you apart from other applicants, which is crucial in today's competitive job market.

If you're interested in finding a way to quickly and strategically use AI to customize your cover letter and resume all in one place, sign up for a free Teal account today.

Can employers tell that ChatGPT generated my cover letter?

It's highly unlikely an employer would know that you used ChatGPT to write your cover letter—as long as you take the time to review and customize the content. AI tools create generic drafts, but you know your experiences and qualifications best. There are now tools that can test for it (like GPT Zero), but we doubt people will use them often.

Carefully editing the letter to reflect what makes you a unique candidate in your own authentic voice is key. With your personal touch, your cover letter will shine through as genuinely as if you wrote it from scratch yourself. So use AI as a time-saver, but make the end result distinctly your own.

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Alli Tunell

Alli Tunell

Alli is a tech marketing strategist with 10+ years of experience. She's previously worked with brands like Animalz, Oskar Blues Brewery, BombBomb,, and Zendesk. Alli is currently a Content Marketing Consultant and a mom to an energetic Toddler.

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