Using ChatGPT to write a resume

Artificial intelligence (AI) is seemingly everywhere right now, and depending on who you listen to it will either mean everybody is out of a job, or everyone will be able to do their job better. We’re taking a look at AI, particularly the language model ChatGPT. In this blog, we’ll help you determine if, and how, ChatGPT can help you write an eye-catching resume.

1. The ChatGPT Model

First, the background. ChatGPT burst onto the internet scene late last year with it’s ability to instantly respond to user prompts and questions, and seemingly do anything from passing the bar (the test all US layers have to pass) to writing computer code and even professional blogs. All you have to do is tell is what you want by entering a prompt telling it what to do, before sitting back and watching a model with the power and knowledge of the entire internet behind it go to work.
It isn’t without its faults though. Being a language model, ChatGPT doesn’t know everything. It’s missing a very human element, and the standard version doesn’t have access to information after September 2021. If you’re looking to create something that requires up-to-date information, ChatGPT might not be the best tool. But, what does this mean for resumes?

2. The Pros and Cons

ChatGPT is smart, meaning if you use it to help write your resume it will be certain to have correct grammar and read well. It can also identify relevant keywords and phrases that can help your resume stand out when applying for sought-after roles. It can also help you format and lay out your resume, and identify skills to highlight depending on what role you’re applying for.
However, ChatGPT has some drawbacks. As mentioned earlier, it’s not a human, and it’s not you, so it won’t be able to tap into all of your experiences or personal history. It also may automatically make up information it doesn’t have, meaning it could feature some errors. Unless used correctly, a resume solely populated by ChatGPT may come across as impersonal and unauthentic. So, is there a middle ground? Yes!

3. How to use ChatGPT to assist to write your resume

The best way to use AI when preparing a resume is to think of it as a tool, and not the solution. Instead of asking ChatGPT to create your resume for you, consider asking it some of these prompts:

• Can you show me the best way to format a resume?
• What are some of the qualities and attributes employers are looking for?
• What are some work experiences that are attractive to employers?
• Can you please check my resume for spelling and grammar errors?
• I am applying for a role in the (insert your industry) industry. Can you tell me what employers are looking for in a resume?
Through a combination of these prompts, and your own, artificial intelligence should be able to assist you to ensure that your resume is as appealing as possible.
Overall, using artificial intelligence as an assistant for writing a resume can be beneficial in terms of language refinement, formatting suggestions, and keyword optimisation. However, it’s crucial to exercise your own critical thinking and judgment to ensure the final document accurately represents your unique skills, experiences, and career objectives and most importantly YOU!

And, if this hasn’t convinced you to leap into AI generation, or you want a nice template to put your new AI resume into then check our previous blog here or download our free resume and cover letter templates.

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