As technology advances, many new trends rise to the surface. Some come and go, and some have staying power, but the latest to make headlines and be used as a resource for job seekers is ChatGPT.
ChatGPT is an AI chatbot that acts as a natural language processing tool, using supervised and reinforcement learning techniques. In basic terms, it’s a juiced-up chatbot designed to mirror human conversation.
So, how can job seekers use this technology in their job search?
- Revamps resume and cover letter – Writing a resume and cover letter can be an art all on its own. So, thankfully, ChatGPT can organize your information and create one for you. However, it’s important to remember that a robot needs a personal touch. Take the newly created resume and cover letter and add the personal experiences and examples that support your qualifications. You should also include how passionate you are about a role or career and your values or morals that align with a potential new employer.
- Prepares you for job interviews – Since ChatGPT is more conversational than a simple Google search, you can start by asking what’s the best way to prepare for an interview. After it provides some tips and tricks for preparation, the AI chatbot might ask you typical interview questions as a way to prepare. From there, you can get more specific. For example, you can ask, what is the most common interview question you’ll get from a CEO, or what’s the most common interview question that an attorney or paralegal will be asked?
- Gives you the how of the job search – Just like Google, you can ask ChatGPT about jobs in a certain area. Unlike Google, it won’t link to a list of open positions. Instead, it guides you on how to find them. For example, suppose you search Attorney/Paralegal job in Philadelphia. In that case, you might be greeted with a link to networking events attorneys in that area go to, or resources paralegals in Philadelphia use often.
- Examines competitors and PODs – Consider the wealth of knowledge you’ll have as a job seeker if you know everything there is to know about the competitors of the company you’re applying to. Knowing how your potential new employer differs from others gives you more direction in your job search and allows you to weigh all the options. For example, think about the advantage a salesperson has if they know everything about the competitors of a product they’re selling. It gives them a chance to sell more effectively.
- Fine-tunes LinkedIn presence – When you hit “submit” on a job application, HR does more than scan your resume and cover letter before deciding if they’ll invite you in for an interview. They do their research on you. And a good chunk of that time is spent checking out your social media presence, specifically your LinkedIn. To make sure your about section is as polished as possible before a hiring manager views it, ask ChatGPT to create a LinkedIn profile summary for you with the help of the resume and cover letter you already have. The chatbot gives you the opportunity to generate different options for your needs by clicking “try again.” Pull as many options as you want to compare and pick your new about
ChatGPT might not be entirely mainstream for job seekers yet, but only time and job-searching success will tell how effective this tool can be in conjunction with a job search.
Would you consider using ChatGPT for a job search? Join the conversation on LinkedIn. Also, check out The One Question To Ask Before Changing Jobs.