How To Use Claude AI To Write a Resume

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3 key takeaways

  • Claude streamlines resume writing, saving you time so you can apply for jobs at scale.
  • There are five ways to leverage AI, such as Claude, to write your resume.
  • Teal's AI Resume Builder integrates artificial intelligence with an all-in-one platform to write, optimize, and store your resume.

Navigating the job market is becoming faster, easier, and more streamlined with the help of artificial intelligence (AI).

AI can help you write your resume, tailor your experience to specific job descriptions, ensure your content is optimized for applicant tracking systems (ATS), prep for interviews, and more.

Claude AI is one tool that can help you navigate these job search tasks with ease and precision.

Below, you'll learn how to write a Claude resume. You'll also learn how Claude AI works, the best use cases for leveraging it in your job search, and practical tips to help you stand out as one of the top candidates based on the specific job requirements for every role you apply to.

Want to write your resume with AI in fewer steps? Try Teal's AI Resume Builder today.

What is Claude AI and how does it work?

Claude AI is an AI language model built by Anthropic that's proficient in natural language processing.

The most up-to-date version, Claude 3.5 Sonnet, sets new benchmarks for graduate-level reasoning, undergraduate-level knowledge, and coding proficiency.

Developed using machine learning techniques, Claude 3.5 Sonnet understands context, generates text, and provides relevant feedback. It has impressive vision capabilities, allowing it to interpret charts, graphs, and even transcribe text from images, making it incredibly versatile.

All of that to say, this level of sophistication means you can use Claude for job applications to do things like analyze job descriptions, generate relevant resume content, and offer personalized guidance.

Can I use Claude to write my resume?

You can use AI tools like Claude to write resumes. They offer several advantages (and some disadvantages) you should know about before starting.

Pros for writing a Claude resume

  • Save time: AI significantly reduces the time spent on creating tailored content
  • Align with jobs: It helps align your resume with specific job descriptions
  • Identify strengths: AI can help identify and articulate relevant strengths
  • Generate content: Provides a starting point for resume sections, which you can then refine
  • Optimize language: AI can suggest more impactful ways to phrase your experiences

Cons for writing a Claude resume

  • Tool hopping: You need to switch between Claude and other resume tools (like Teal or Google Docs) to save drafts and incorporate AI output
  • Manual work: Information to and from Claude needs to be manually copied and pasted into another platform
  • Larger margin for error: Without integrated tools like a resume builder, there's a higher chance of mistakes
  • Fragmented process: Unlike a comprehensive resume maker for storing, editing, and optimizing resumes, Claude lacks integrated features, leading to plenty of manual work

How to write a resume with Claude

If you're ready to try tools like Claude to speed up your job search and applications, below are five ways to leverage AI to write your resume. But you'll need to do a few things before you start.

Step 1: Sign up for Claude on Anthropic.com

Using Claude is free, but for priority bandwidth and availability, as well as access to Claude 3 Opus and Claude 3 Haiku, the pro plan is $20/month.

Step 2: Gather necessary information

  • Make a list of key achievements in your current and past roles
  • Note any specific projects you've worked on
  • Collect relevant metrics or data demonstrating your impact (e.g., specific numbers like sales totals, efficiency improvements, etc.)
  • Open the job descriptions of the positions you want to apply for

1. Write resume achievements

Resume achievements showcase your contributions and results, giving hiring professionals insight into your work history and impact in previous positions.

To write resume achievements with Claude:

  1. Open a new chat with Claude.
  2. Explain that you're writing resume achievements for a specific job and need assistance using a prompt like:

    "Using non-dramatic language, write three to five resume achievements based on my work experience as a [title] at [company] tailored to the job description below." [Press "Shift" + "Enter," then copy and paste any notes you took above and the job description under the prompt.] Then click the red arrow to the right of the prompt.
  3. Review and refine by carefully reading through the AI-generated achievements. Check for accuracy and relevance to your target role.
  4. Edit and personalize the wording to better reflect your style. Be sure to add specific details or metrics that Claude might not have included.
  5. Verify that all information is truthful. Proofread the output and ensure the information aligns with the job you're applying for.
  6. Add the refined details to your resume.

Use Teal to write tailored resume bullet points

Want to skip the copying, pasting, toggling, and multiple steps? Teal's Generative AI can create custom resume achievements in just one click.

Attach a job description, keywords, or a specific prompt to customize the output—all in the same place where you write, optimize, and store your resume.

2. Write a professional summary

Rather than information about your career goals and aspirations, a professional summary offers potential employers a high-level overview of your qualifications and most notable achievements.

To create a professional summary with Claude:

  1. Open a new chat with Claude.
  2. Copy the responsibilities from the JD of the role you're applying to. Paste them into the prompt space and press "Shift" + "Enter," but don't hit submit.
  3. Then, copy the achievements (and other relevant details) from your resume. Paste them below the responsibilities from the job description in the same space and press "Shift" + "Enter."
  4. Now, beneath the job description and the details of your resume, write the prompt:

    "Using non-dramatic language, write a compelling 3-4 sentence professional summary for a [job title] with [X] years of experience in [industry or field] using my attached work history and the job description."
  5. Review and refine by carefully reading through the AI-generated achievements. Remember, while AI is a great starting point, adding a personal touch can make your summary more distinctive and authentic. Check for accuracy and relevance to your target role.
  6. Edit and personalize the wording to better reflect your style. Be sure to add specific details or metrics that Claude might not have included.
  7. Verify that all information is truthful. Proofread the output and ensure the information aligns with the job you're applying for
  8. Add the summary to your resume.

Write your AI summary in fewer steps with Teal

Teal's AI can help you create unique professional summaries in seconds. And, because you can store as many summaries as needed, you never have to worry about which to save or delete in case you need a specific version for another application.

3. Tailor your resume

Customizing your resume for every job application is important because each of your target roles will require unique skills and qualifications. To be considered for a job, your resume has to be relevant to what hiring managers are looking for.

Once you get Claude's output, incorporate the details provided into your resume for a more customized document.

To tailor your resume with Claude:

  1. Open a new chat with Claude.
  2. Copy the JD of the role you're applying to. Paste it into the prompt space and press "Shift" + "Enter."
  3. Then, copy your resume. Paste it below the responsibilities from the job description in the same space and press "Shift" + "Enter."
  4. Now, beneath the job description and the details of your resume, write the prompt:

    "Analyze the attached job description. Identify and summarize the required skills and other important keywords. Then, incorporate the most important details to my resume."
  5. Review and refine by carefully reading through the AI-generated output.
  6. Be sure to double-check specific details or metrics.
  7. Verify that all information is accurate and ensure the details align with the job you're applying for.
  8. Copy, paste, and save the output in the platform or program where you store your resume.

Tailor your resume faster with Teal

Want to speed up the process? Teal's Matching Mode offers another approach to customizing your resume.

Teal's Match Score compares your resume to job descriptions with insights to guide the tailoring process. It helps identify skills and qualifications emphasized in the job description, lets you know how well your resume aligns, and offers suggestions for you to incorporate relevant experience more effectively.

A Teal tool to help tailor a Claude resume
Use Teal's Match Score to stand out as the perfect candidate with the right skills for the job.

4. Update and improve your existing resume

Claude can be used for more than writing resume sections. You can also use it to improve what you already have.

Teal Note: To work with Claude on an existing resume, copy and paste your resume into the prompt space or upload your resume as an image or doc.

Here's how to use Claude to improve your existing resume:

Rewrite your work experience

One way you can boost your resume is by asking Claude to help you incorporate fresh industry-specific language and action verbs into your work experience to clearly articulate your success.

Personalize your professional summary

It can't be understated how important it is to tailor your resume to the particular role that you're applying for. Use Claude to modify your existing summary to align with the responsibilities and requirements of the position.

Provide relevant content ideas

When you're hitting a wall on a resume refresh, Claude can be an excellent resource to replace or revamp existing information in your work experience or skills sections.

To get the best output, share your resume and the JD to help Claude provide feedback on gaps or improvements that can help you during the application and hiring process.

Proof your resume

Have Claude review your current resume for any grammar mistakes, typos, or poorly written sentences you might've missed.

5. Write your cover letter

While separate from your resume, a cover letter is an important part of your job application materials. Here's how you can write a Claude cover letter:

To write a cover letter with Claude:

  1. Open a new chat with Claude.
  2. Copy the JD of the role you're applying to. Paste it into the prompt space and press "Shift" + "Enter."
  3. Then, copy your resume. Paste it below the responsibilities from the job description in the same space and press "Shift" + "Enter."
  4. Now, beneath the job description and the details of your resume, write the prompt:

    "Using non-dramatic language, write a [specific length]-word cover letter using my resume and the job description I've included. Focus on my skills that are relevant to the job."
  5. Review and refine by carefully reading through the AI-generated output.
  6. Edit and personalize the wording to better reflect your style.
  7. Proofread the output for accuracy and ensure the information aligns with the job you're applying for.
  8. Save the Claude cover letter in the word-processing program of your choosing.

Write your AI cover letter faster

Teal's Generative AI offers a better way to write a custom cover letter.

Pulling from your resume and a specific JD, you can customize the length, tone, and output, ensuring every cover letter you write aligns with your experience and a specific role—without any copying and pasting.

Resume prompts for Claude AI

Much like creating ChatGPT resume prompts, you need to include specifics about tone, word count, and any additional context when using Claude. Here are some example prompts to use as a guide:

  1. Write five resume bullet points with metrics and impact based on the job responsibilities below and using the following format: Success Verb + Noun + Metric + [Strategy Optional] + Outcome
  2. Create 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 using non-dramatic language. 
  4. Write a senior-level professional summary using my resume and the job description below as a reference in 150 words or less. Include at least three hard skills and one soft skill with impact.
  5. Using the resume and job description below, please showcase eight relevant skills I should highlight.

Claude resume best practices

To maximize the benefits of Claude for resume writing, follow these best practices:

Be specific with prompts

Clearly define what you want Claude to generate by providing detailed and precise prompts. Much like using Gemini or ChatGPT for LinkedIn optimization, writing cover letters, interview prep, and more, specific prompts ensure the output is relevant and tailored to your needs.

Provide relevant assets

Improve Claude AI's effectiveness by supplying relevant details likejob descriptions, your previous work experience, and specific achievements.

Review and edit output

Always carefully review AI-generated content to makesure it accurately represents your skills and experiences. Edit for clarity, consistency, and professionalism to make a strong impression.

Proofread for errors

Thoroughly proofread AI-generated text to catch any grammatical mistakes, typos, or awkward phrasing. A polished resume reflects your attention to detail and professionalism.

Should you use Claude to write your resume?

Claude AI can save you significant time, allowing you to apply for more jobs at scale without compromising quality. You should use Claude or other AI tools to help you write your resume. Here's a look at how they stack up.

Claude AI vs. ChatGPT

Claude 3.5 Sonnet and OpenAI's ChatGPT or GPT-4o are powerful AI tools with different strengths.

Sonnet is good at understanding and completing tasks like writing computer code and following detailed instructions.

ChatGPT, on the other hand, is flexible and can handle tasks like summarizing information, translating languages, and having conversations. It can also be used to write a ChatGPT resume and works with different plugins and tools to extend its capabilities.

Claude AI vs. Google Gemini

Google Gemini is another advanced language model focused on understanding multiple languages, processing real-time data, and integrating with Google's services.

Gemini works well with Google Cloud and other enterprise applications, making it a strong choice for business environments. You can also use Google Gemini to write a resume and assist with other job search tasks like cover letter creation. While both are capable, Claude's Sonnet is reviewed as having better collaborative features and coding abilities than Gemini's.

Claude AI vs. Teal AI Resume Builder

While Claude is designed to help with various tasks, the Teal AI Resume Builder is specifically designed to craft resumes efficiently and effectively, tailored to highlight your unique skills and experiences.

While Claude offers robust AI capabilities, the Teal AI Resume Builder focuses exclusively on resume writing and cover letter creation, providing targeted features and tools to ensure your resume stands out.

Leverage AI to write your resume

Using a tool like Claude can speed up your resume writing and potentially improve your job search outcomes. AI offers an efficient way to create tailored resumes that align with job requirements, highlight key achievements, and streamline the resume-writing process.

But rather than toggling between platforms or mistake-prone manual edits, try a resume creator like Teal that offers the benefits and speed of generative AI in the same place where you build your resume. With Teal, you can use AI to write or adjust your resume achievements, generate (and store!) as many professional summaries as you need, and craft a cover letter in less than 30 seconds with ease.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I ask Claude AI to improve my resume?

To ask Claude AI to improve your resume, start a new chat and paste your current resume along with the job description for the role you're applying for. Use a prompt like, "Analyze the attached job description and my resume. Suggest improvements to align my resume with the job requirements."

How do I get AI to write my resume?

Using AI tools like Claude or Teal can significantly simplify resume writing. Claude can generate initial resume content, but Teal's all-in-one platform integrates AI for writing in the same place you optimize and store your resume, eliminating the need to toggle between different tools and ensuring a seamless process. Sign up for Teal for free today to see for yourself.

How can I ask Claude AI to tailor my resume?

To tailor your resume with Claude AI, open a chat and paste the job description along with your resume. Use a prompt such as, "Identify the key skills and qualifications from the job description and tailor my resume to highlight these aspects."

What is the best resume builder for Claude AI?

While Claude AI is powerful for generating resume content, Teal's AI Resume Builder is specifically designed for writing, optimizing, and storing resumes, offering a more streamlined and integrated approach to resume creation. Sign up and try Teal today!

How do you use Claude for your resume based on the job description?

To use Claude for tailoring your resume to a job description, paste the job description and your resume into a chat with Claude. Prompt Claude to analyze the job description, identify key skills and qualifications, and incorporate these into your resume. Review and refine the generated content to ensure accuracy and relevance.

Kayte Grady

Kayte, Senior Copywriter at Teal and Champion of ADHD professionals, is a seasoned writer passionate about storytelling and career growth. With a data-driven approach to content marketing and a word-nerd knack for resume builder analysis, Kayte’s on a mission to empower job seekers to land a job they love. Constantly pivoting and reinventing herself, this social-worker-turned-marketer found growth and camaraderie in tech—a genuine surprise given her never-ending devotion to the paper calendar.

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