A well-written resume is one of the many tools you’ll use as a candidate when looking for a job. The quality of your resume can be the difference between regularly receiving calls for interviews and struggling to get the attention of employers.
The reality is most of us don’t particularly like writing resumes. Fortunately, AI tools like ChatGPT can help you write, edit, and improve your resume. With this in mind, our software recruiters have put together a list of reasons to consider using ChatGPT and how to use it to write your resume.
Why Use ChatGPT to Help You Write Your Resume?
There are many potential benefits to using ChatGPT to help you craft your resume. Here are some of our software recruiters have seen:
- It saves you time: You can quickly create a strong draft or outline of your resume after a few targeted prompts.
- Customizing your resume: Match the details to the job you’re applying for. Get help with keyword integration.
- Identifying strengths: Get suggestions for skills or experiences that you may have overlooked but are relevant to the job.
- Increasing your chances of success: Create a well-written and accurate resume that showcases your skills and experience in the best light.
- Spelling and grammar check: Use the AI tool to proofread your resume.
- Refinement: Is there a sentence or paragraph on your resume or cover letter you are struggling to write? Ask ChatGPT to write something or have it re-write your existing copy.
How to Use ChatGPT to Write Your Resume
With AI tools like ChatGPT, you will get out of it what you put in. The more information and instruction you provide, the better it will be to understand what you want. The quality of prompts you provide ChatGPT will have a direct effect on the output. Here are some tips for how to use ChatGPT and other AI tools to write your resume:
Set the Stage for ChatGPT
The more you can tell ChatGPT, the more accurate it will be. So, set the stage by telling it about your job type, career aspirations, credentials, and other information that is unique to you and your application.
For example, “I am a marketing professional with 10 years of experience. I specialize in paid ads. I am looking for a management position with a marketing agency…”
Provide as much context as possible.
Start by collecting all relevant information about your education, work experience, skills, achievements, and any other details you want to include in your resume. Provide it with a list of your most important details. If you already have a version of your resume and cover letter, you can add it to ChatGPT.
Add a Copy of the Job Description
If you’re applying to different positions, customize your resume for each job by emphasizing the most relevant skills and experiences. ChatGPT can help you tweak your resume for different applications.
You can tailor your resume for specific jobs by adding the job description or linking to it. If you don’t have this information, tell ChatGPT about the job role you are applying for. Be as specific as possible.
Ask ChatGPT Questions
Once you’ve provided ChatGPT with your information, you can ask it questions to further refine your resume. For example, you can ask the tool if it needs any additional information about you or the job so it can be more accurate.
Try Out Existing ChatGPT Prompts Designed For Resume Writing
ChatGPT has user-developed prompts that you can use to write your resume. Try out a couple of them to see if you get the desired results.
Formatting and Style
Once you’ve entered all your information and have the first output of content, it is time to format it. Ensure your resume has a clean and professional appearance. You can describe the style and formatting preferences you have in mind, and ChatGPT can assist in generating content that fits your criteria.
Proofread and Edit
ChatGPT is not perfect. It will make mistakes, sometimes simple ones. Once you have a draft, proofread it for any grammatical errors or typos. You can also ask ChatGPT for suggestions on how to improve the language and make your resume more compelling.
Still not satisfied? You can ask ChatGPT for suggestions on how to enhance specific sections. It commonly takes multiple prompts to get things the way you want them.
Share your resume with friends, mentors, or colleagues for feedback. Remember, while ChatGPT can provide valuable assistance, reviewing and refining the content to ensure it accurately represents your qualifications and aligns with your career goals is essential.