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Can You Use ChatGPT for Job Search to Get Hired? Yes, with These 3 Tips!

by iSphere on March 20, 2024 in Blog, Career Advice

Artificial intelligence makes plenty of people anxious—and that’s still the case as more workers acclimate to the technology. A CNBC survey finds that 42% of those surveyed still worried about how AI would impact their jobs, even as it boosts productivity and efficiency.

Though this innovation is going to upset enough apple carts to fill Kyle Field, there are ways you can use this disruptive tool to your advantage.

Think about your job search. It’s routine, it’s boring, and it distracts from your other work and life priorities. No one wants to do it. Yet you must spend some time going through the process if you’re going to advance your career or leave a bad job.

Artificial intelligence can simplify the ordeal. In fact, here’s how using tools like ChatGPT for job search processes can free you to focus your energies elsewhere and still get a great job.

Writing and Updating Resumes

The resume is probably the area where you’ll need to do the most work. There’s some upfront information you need to outline (work experience, accomplishments, education, technical skillsets, contact info, etc.), but otherwise, generative AI can turn your bullet points into persuasive talking points. The only major thing you need to do is tweak the wording and content to align with your true experiences. Remember it must sound like you, not the off-brand version of you.

What if you already have a resume? Have you customized it to fit the role or position you’re applying for? ChatGPT can help you put the right foot forward. For example, you can feed it your existing resume and ask the platform to incorporate certain keywords and experiences when necessary.

We used a template for a business analyst position online to illustrate the point, asking ChatGPT to give a bulleted list of ways to improve the resume:

Looks like there’s a lot to finesse (it’s why you don’t use those templates as anything more than inspiration). Though it might not be necessary (or even reasonable) to implement all the changes, this offers some fantastic food for thought as you kick your resume up a notch.

Crafting the Perfect Cover Letter

21 to 80 cover letters. That’s how many you’ll likely need to write before you get your first job offer. Being asked to write a handful is forgivable, but that many tailored cover letters starts to feel like a pro bono side hustle.

Though you’d rather not spend the time creating one, 83% of recruiters in survey said a “well-written cover letter gives you the opportunity to demonstrate that you are a great fit for the company you are applying for.”

Again, generative AI can help you save time on a tedious task. Here’s how. We took a sample resume for a systems manager we found online and asked ChatGPT to make a cover letter that aligns with one of our currently open positions. The results were decent.

 

No, it’s not particularly brilliant, but there are some advantages to what ChatGPT spat out.

  • It provided a clearcut bulleted list of the qualities that might best match the open job position.
  • It included a number of keywords that you should use in your final draft if you can (MCSE, CCNA, SQL Server, etc.)
  • It saved a ton of time, so you’re editing rather than writing from scratch.

Preparing for the Interview

How can generative AI help with your interview? Though it can’t predict the future, ChatGPT can help you prepare for a wide range of questions without straining your brain for new and novel queries. This can be indispensable whether you’re early in your career, changing roles, or just need a refresher.

With ChatGPT, you can get fairly specific questions, if you give the right prompts. For instance, we asked about what we should be thinking about for a .NET developer job interview and it gave a solid starting point.

Soft skills aren’t overlooked either. Here’s our follow up question as an example:

That’s a lot to think about, but if you already feel like you can talk to all these points, ask ChatGPT to generate another batch until you encounter a question that takes some thought to answer. The end result is far better preparation to respond to individual businesses.

Double Checking ChatGPT’s Work

Even with these advantages, generative AI isn’t perfect. This technology still gets things wrong or can offer some fairly simple solutions (it’s always going for the path of least resistance rather than anything mind-blowing). You can nudge all these tools to give you better responses, but you’ll have to learn how to craft better messaging over time.

In many cases, it helps to have an actual human helping you through your job search as well. Recruiters, for example, see endless resumes and cover letters, so they know which strategies and formats are working these days and which get left unread.

Plus, they can help you prepare in a way that ChatGPT can’t: they can give you an inside scoop on the questions companies ask or which of your experiences they’ll like you to highlight.

In the end, using recruiters and ChatGPT for job search functions can help to elevate your performance and find the job you want—without making the whole process feel like a second job.

Using ChatGPT for job search duties can save you some effort, but why not let the professionals handle the rest. Search our IT jobs for the right fit and our recruiters will handle the rest.

 

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