Raise your hand if, in the past week, you've just given up on your job search.
- those 55+ resumes you've sent out and still no call back from recruiters;
- reading and re-reading job descriptions, and you still happen to have no clue of what potential employers want from you;
- or maybe - it's the writer's blues: even listing your skills on your resume seems like you have to clean the Augean stables.
You've spent hundreds of thousands of hours on job applications (or so they seem to you) - but you still haven't even scheduled a single interview.
You're not alone.
Maybe you need a second pair of hands - or in this case - someone (or something) who can listen to you and provide you with answers.
Whatever the case may be, we want to introduce you to a simple - and cheap - solution that you can integrate into your job search.
Meet your number one virtual assistant - ChatGPT.
This AI chatbot has been around for less than six months, yet it has left a mark on the industry.
Now, that's fantastic news for anyone on the lookout for a potential career change and new opportunities.
But how do you make use of ChatGPT's endless potential to get ahead with your job search?
This Enhancv guide will help you with advice on how to:
- Prepare your conversation prompts to make the most out of this AI chatbot;
- Job search strategy and ChatGPT - paving the way ahead;
- Integrating the chatbot's capacities as the strongest assessment tool you'll need for your skills and/or the job advert;
- A brief introduction to writing various sections of your resume and LinkedIn profile with ChatGPT;
- Other aspects of your job search you may need support with.
So get ready for our practical guide to help turn your job search from a Herculean task into a picayune one.
How to use ChatGPT in your job search: getting started and writing prompts
If you’re still wondering, what is ChatGPT, we have some insight straight from the horse’s mouth:
Those “conversations” are conducted using prompts - you ask your question or provide specific instructions, and then you receive answers from ChatGPT.
When writing prompts, especially during the job search stage of your application process, you need to be as specific as you can be.
Here are six of the most useful tips that can help you out.
1. Provide context
Before you start chatting with the AI, make sure you've gathered plenty of resources and information to be reviewed by the chatbot. This may include job adverts, your resume, etc.
This would ultimately help you get more tailored answers to your specific question.
2. Talk the talk
Don't treat your chat as a Google Search, but instead - as a conversation with a real person. Even though ChatGPT doesn't have feelings, it can participate in a conversation - like Siri and Alexa.
You can prepare follow-up questions, and ask the chatbot to regurgitate some of the answers (but more on that in the next couple of steps).
3. 5Ws for an H
If you ask ChatGPT, "Why aren't recruiters calling me for an interview?" the platform would provide with you a generic answer.
So be clear, specific, and descriptive with your prompts to tell ChatGPT exactly what you're looking for.
You could use the 5Ws structure when providing it with instructions (that is, answering Who, What, When, Where, and Why) to get the more tailored how “How”.
4. The big WHY
The best ChatGPT prompts are always the ones that provide the chatbot with the purpose behind the whole activity.
See for yourself with the answers to these two prompts:
Context is everything.
5. Regenerate response
If you're not happy with the response you get, you could either regenerate one or tweak your prompt to get the most out of your ChatGPT experience.
The chatbot answer is final only when you say it is.
6. Double-check the response
ChatGPT is trained from sources up to and including 2021. This means that the answers it may sometimes provide you with could be outdated.
Remember how much happened in the past two+ years?
Even though ChatGPT is a pretty useful tool - it can't currently substitute the personality aspect of your whole application.
Job search and ChatGPT: some fun prompts to get you writing
Before we dive into the deep waters of how to use ChatGPT to succeed in your job search, we've prepared for you four fun prompts to test out.
Their aim is to show you that this chatbot could be useful for a couple of more outside-the-box situations.
How you use ChatGPT is entirely up to you, so get your thinking cap on and let your imagination loose. Test these prompts for yourself:
Overcoming your writer’s block
Growing your skills
Dealing with stress and anxiety
DISCLAIMER: This next prompt is for general use only and can’t substitute professional medical advice or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding any health (or mental health) condition.
Use this prompt as solely a starting point:
Preparing for an interview
We’ll get more into the topic in another guide, but here’s a good starting prompt to consider for your interview preparation:
The biggest lesson to remember about the whole activity is to have specific outcomes in mind - what you’d like to have generated as a response - and to provide ChatGPT with all relevant details.
Then, let the chatbot work its magic.
N.B. interview tasks
Imagine the following situation. After your first interview, the recruiters forwarded a specific task for you to complete at home. You may feel tempted to use ChatGPT to complete it.
The whole hiring process is about starting to build trust between yourself and the company - and while, yes, you may rely on ChatGPT to assist you with some aspects of the task (just like you’d for a real job), the chatbot should be used as a supplement.
If the interview task is done right - it should serve both your potential employer (to understand your capabilities) and also yourself (so you could get a preview of your day-to-day work).
Strategizing your job search with ChatGPT
This is a space of non-judgment, but just how chaotic are you about your job application strategy?
Do you base everything on whims and spur-of-the-moment muses?
Or are you a bit over-the-top meticulous with a billion trackers and Miro boards to map out the process?
Job searching is sort of like soul-searching. It's individual and at the end of the journey - you could potentially discover something about yourself that makes you unique (from a career perspective).
We've prepared three ChatGPT prompts you could play around with and integrate into your strategy.
1. Building your job search strategy
This may be your first time applying for a job, or perhaps the one hundred.
Yet, the questions about best practices, time optimization, and prioritization remain unanswered.
What you could do is set up your strategy with these ChatGPT prompts:
You may have other questions concerning your strategy - ChatGPT can help you to start thinking about those.
2. Most common mistakes
This may come as a surprise, but it's most often that the same sort of mistakes candidates make are stopping them from landing their dream jobs.
So, even though ChatGPT won't be there to hold your hand through the whole job search process, it could provide you with what not to do.
3. Stay organized
You applied for the job three weeks ago and still haven't heard any feedback. Is now a good time to ask recruiters what's going on?
This and multiple other time-sensitive concerns that help in your strategy optimization (and organization) could be part of your ChatGPT job search prompts.
Assessing your career perspectives with ChatGPT
After you’ve answered some of the most important questions to you about your job search (and have set up your strategy) - it’s time to get into the research phase of the process.
ChatGPT is a real gold mine - if you’re looking for data-based decision-making. In some cases, even the emotional element can come into play.
So without further ado, here are eight of our favorite prompts to get you thinking about your career perspectives.
Discover career opportunities
Have you ever wondered what role you could have, based on your entire resume? ChatGPT can provide you with insights from an AI perspective - just exactly which boxes your resume would tick.
You’d next paste in your resume:
Alternative jobs in the same industry
In particular, for this lead business analyst, ChatGPT recommended five different roles (Project Manager, Product Manager, Operations Manager, Data Analyst, and Business Development Manager) and where to look for more information.
3. Find similar jobs in a new industry
Perhaps, you’re enjoying your role responsibilities and deem that they’re way more applicable to a different industry.
There’s a ChatGPT prompt that could be of use to get you thinking about that:
This activity could hence provide you with different roles you could apply for. But, what if you wanted to solely focus on new industries for your growth?
4. New roles based on skills
Maybe you’d like to focus your career shift on transferring your technical skills to your new role:
Another viable option is to focus your job search on soft skills (or communication, analytical, and various character skills that are easily transferable to different roles) with this prompt:
Of course, ChatGPT would look more for job matches, based on data. The choice for your potential career shift is entirely up to you.
1. Job recommendations based on experience
As we all know, the experience segment of your resume does play a crucial role in the whole recruitment process.
So, consider experimenting with this ChatGPT prompt and your resume:
This is one of the prompts which will help you consider a bit more dream-driven (and hence possibly emotional) decision-making.
Before you get writing, think about where you want to go with your resume. To make the most out of this prompt, consider making your goals tangible with your dream job, company, and deadlines.
Then, paste in your resume with this ChatGPT prompt:
The best piece of advice the chatbot provided us with is:
1. Role, based on interests
You’ve learned everything there is about your role (or so you think). What is more, you want your next job to be more focused on your interests and/or hobbies.
Perhaps you want to invest some time in your crocheting or reading - provide all of this relevant information to the chatbot.
In this scenario, ChatGPT recommends the candidate to look into roles as a:
- Fine Art Photographer
- Travel Photographer
- UX/UI Designer for Travel Industry
- Art Director in Advertising
- Freelance Artist
This is a pretty neat (and useful) prompt.
1. Career 180
If you feel that you’ve exhausted entirely your career, and you want to switch things up - well, there’s a ChatGPT prompt to inspire you.
Make sure to include the reason why you need this switch up so that ChatGPT can take into consideration what you don’t want for your next role.
Hint: job advert analysis with ChatGPT
Apart from using ChatGPT to analyze your professional resume and profile, you could also use it to get more insights into the role you’re applying for with these five prompts.
1. Analyze a job posting
Do you struggle to understand precisely what recruiters want from you? You feel like sometimes the job advert is in hieroglyphs, and you need the Rosetta Stone to decipher it.
We’ve got some good news for you.
Or, alternatively, check out this prompt that’s focused on both benefits and requirements:
1. Keywords and frequency
Let’s say you have a couple of similar jobs you’d like to apply to within the same industry. You may want to analyze those for keywords (and hence rank their frequency).
This would ultimately help you discover which are the most prominent skills, which your resume should focus on.
You should repeat this prompt before you paste in every single job advert. When you’re done with all three references, here’s what you could type in for the best results:
1. Industry skills and qualifications
You may not currently have any specific job posts which you’d like to have analyzed, but rather want to look at the industry in general.
1. Point out red flags in an advert
This is one of those prompts you shouldn’t rely too much on as ChatGPT is a bit subjective, as it uses databases up to 2021.
Yet, it’s a fun exercise to test out whether there are any potential red flags within the advert:
Writing your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile with ChatGPT
Within this next part of our guide, we’ll provide you with eight useful prompts to get you to start writing.
- Optimize your resume based on best practices
You could ask ChatGPT to act as a resume writer/ coach in helping you optimize based on:
- The role industry you see yourself succeeding in;
- Best industry practices and knowledge;
- Tone of writing and ability to stand out.
ChatGPT would provide you with professional advice and even start rewriting your resume.
Whatever you do, always double-check the chatbot’s outputs, as it sometimes tends to make things up on the spot.
2. Tailoring your resume for a job advert
What if you’ve a particular role you’d like to apply for, but don’t have enough time to target your resume for it?
ChatGPT would be more than happy to help you out - in just a few seconds, you may have a draft version of your resume, that is almost good to go. Here’s how:
2. Create a professional summary
If you don’t have any clue about writing your resume summary (or have no time), lean on ChatGPT as a good kick-off point.
This prompt will also help you save time by providing you with a couple of different summary variations you could use to get inspired:
The AI would go on to rewrite your whole resume. But, what if you want to focus on just a particular experience section? Follow up your conversation with this prompt:
2. Identify resume keywords or skills
Before sending out your resume to recruiters, you’d like to know what keywords or skills it focuses the most on.
You could use this prompt to discover if your skill set aligns with the job advert or if there are any keyword discrepancies (these could easily be amended).
2. Cover letter writing
Okay, so you have your job ad and resume. Now it’s time for your least favorite part - writing your cover letter.
Check out ChatGPT’s cover letter:
With a few tweaks and a more personalized approach, it could be the perfect fit.
2. LinkedIn headlines made simple
When writing your LinkedIn headline, you face many initial challenges:
- Which skills should you focus on?
- Should your headline be more about your current role?
- What would make you stand out on the platform?
Our best suggestion, before rewriting your LinkedIn profile, is for you to do your homework. Check out professionals who are currently working in your dream role and what their headline is like.
This might help you put everything into perspective. Otherwise:
After you’ve pasted in your resume, ChatGPT will provide you with a professional LinkedIn headline you could tweak.
If you’re unhappy with the initial result, you could also ask for more headlines with either of these two prompts:
2. LinkedIn summary and ChatGPT
Your LinkedIn profile summary is the second most important aspect - as it should include both keywords and achievements. Some of the best industry professionals do aim to tell a story, using it.
Here’s our favorite ChatGPT prompt for LinkedIn profile summary writing:
Both versions would require a few more tweaks, but you get the gist of it.
Communications and ChatGPT
Candidates often get cold feet when communicating with recruiters - perhaps feeling shy about emailing first or sending out network messages.
It’s often the case that they don’t want to sound too pushy, yet, they do need to get some more background on the opportunity at hand.
So, what if you started using ChatGPT to write your networking messages to recruiters? Here’s how you could do so if you’re communicating on LinkedIn:
Alternatively, you may decide to email recruiters with questions about the role.
ChatGPT can come in pretty handy within the job search process with its various capabilities. But here’s one final piece of advice from the chatbot itself:
- When providing instructions to ChatGPT, make sure your prompts are concise and descriptive, providing all relevant background information. Always double-check the chatbots outputs before submitting your application.
- Use ChatGPT’s capacities in the strategic and assessment stages of your job search to stay on track, analyze your profile, understand the job description, etc.
- ChatGPT can help you write various documents within your application process: from your resume and cover letter to your LinkedIn profile. Just make sure you’ve prepared all the necessary references (e.g. job adverts, profiles you’ve liked), so it’d provide you with more tailored responses.
- If you’re struggling with messaging or emailing recruiters, learn the basics with ChatGPT. Always make sure to put your twist into every single communication you send out.
- In the end, you’re the one applying for the job, not ChatGPT. It’s a pretty useful tool to help you along the way, but remember that recruiters are always best impressed with a more personalized approach to the job search and your application.