By “Job-Coach Justin” Jones
If one of your least favorite things to do during your job search is writing cover letters or creating the perfect resume, ChatGPT can help. And while this artificial intelligence chatbot can’t do everything completely on its own, it can prove invaluable at helping establish yourself as the ideal job candidate.
Artificial Intelligence Resources
AI tools like ChatGPT, Bing, and Bard can be compared to traditional researching and writing as though using a snow blower versus a shovel. You can do much more work a lot more effectively. Here are a few tips to help you get started when using an AI tool like ChatGPT:
Find Your Career Path
Plug in your degree, interests, and skills to determine which careers you’re best suited to pursue. You might be surprised at the results. If you need to build your skills, you can use ChatGPT help you narrow the focus to determine the exact skills you need to learn.
Build a Company List
Figuring out where to apply for the jobs you want and are qualified for comes next. Ask ChatGPT for job leads in the field(s) you want to work in and it will produce an extensive list, including all the key categories you should consider.
Create A Resume
Ask your new AI partner to generate a resume and it will create a template that you should customize for each position so you can be sure to use the relevant keywords. You can also plug in your current resume and ask it to customize it for a specific job.
Write a Cover Letter
There are many good reasons to write a cover letter and starting with a generic one is better than not including one at all. However, if you feed ChatGPT your existing resume and your desired job description, it will result in a personalized cover letter.
Prepare for Your Interview
ChatGPT can list some of the most likely interview questions as well as give you answers that might just help you impress your interviewers.
Craft a Thank You
Hopefully everyone knows by now they should craft a thank you note or email after an interview. This message can easily be written without help, but AI can give you some tips on how to make your thank you stand out*.
Negotiate Your Salary
If you’ve been offered a position or you’ve reached the part of the process where it’s time to negotiate your salary, ChatGPT can give you salary range results for your region. Having this knowledge can prepare you for being fairly compensated for the role.
If you’re not on LinkedIn, you’re making a huge mistake. Recruiters practically live on this professional platform. They are looking for you, but if you’re not on LinkedIn, or you don’t at least have All-Star status, the recruiters will hire your competition instead of you. Here are a few great links to resources to help your profile stand out, grow your network, and help you find your next job:
- LinkedIn headshot background site to polish your professional profile picture
- LinkedIn alumni search to add to your network
- Free stock images to increase profile visibility: pixabay.com; unsplash.com; megapixel.com
- Application form auto population tool: Simplify.jobs
- Free tools from Austin Bell at Cultivatedculture.com
- Jobs on demand: BaconWork; Wonolo; Instawork; Veryable
- Free learning and upskilling sites: GCFglobal.org; Edu.gcfglobal.org; KhanAcademy.org; LinkedIn Learning; and many public libraries also offer free access to courses
- Vet Jobs
- Legit remote job sites
Increase Profile Views
- Go to your profile homepage
- Click on the More button
- Select Build a resume
- Click on Create from Profile
- Type in your target job title
- Click Apply
LinkedIn will populate your profile in the form of a resume.
On the right-hand side, you’ll see green checkmarks for the skills you have that match the job title you used. Below that, you’ll see LinkedIn’s recommendations for additional keywords. These are keywords that LinkedIn has culled from the millions of job openings and profiles of people with the same job title.
If you have a standard profile, you should see about 10 keyword recommendations.
If you have the premium version of LinkedIn, you can see between 15-25, depending on the role and how many keywords you already have that are a match for the job.
If there are any skills on the list that you have that aren’t listed on your profile, make sure that you add them immediately. And obviously don’t add any that you don’t possess. When it comes to skills, you want to ensure that these hard skills are in your headline, your summary, in each applicable position description, and listed as skills in the Skills section on your profile. If you include them in these areas, your profile will be optimized for recruiter searches, and your views will increase. And you’ll start having more people reach out to you about openings.
- Text Blaze
- create text templates and easily paste them anywhere
- save hours messaging people for networking, replying to emails/InMails, commenting on posts, and more
- one place to organize and manage your job search
- it’s like having your own personal ATS or CRM for the job search
- scans your text and corrects any grammatical errors
- great for resumes, emails, cover letters, even LinkedIn posts and comments
- ResyMatch by Cultivated Culture
- resume scanner and optimizer
- match your resume with any job description to increase your chances of landing an interview
- find anyone’s email for outreach
- tells you a company’s email alias so you can make an educated guess (e.g. [first name].[last name][at]google[dot]com)
- automate emails and follow-ups to save hours
- personalize messaging at scale and get reminders on when to follow up
- Speeko — AI Speech Coach
- practice interviewing
- helps you get better at public speaking
- a better to-do list that syncs across all devices
- assign different priority levels to different tasks
- create compelling video messages in minutes
- ideas: try sending video intros for networking and thank you notes* to stand out
- The List
- central layoff list used by thousands of companies to hire
- add your name if you’ve been impacted and companies reach out directly if you’re a fit for any open roles
Tech, Tac, Toe
Technology can often be the bane of our existence, but it’s necessary for job seekers who no longer want to be seeking – they want to simply be employed. These resources have helped many people find the job or career that is perfect for them. I hope they help you, too.