Job Search: The 5 Best ChatGPT Use Cases

If you're actively looking for a job, you would be stupid to avoid using AI tools in your job application process.

BUT, do not fall for the hype.

There are no "magical" prompts that will write the perfect cover letter or resume. There are no "Effortless Auto-Apply AI Apps" that apply to 100+ jobs on your behalf.

There are, however, powerful use cases that can streamline your job search process. Here's what you need to know.

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Key Takeaways

  • Ditch overly simplistic ChatGPT prompts. Relying on 1-2 sentence prompts won't yield personalized results for company research or cover letter writing.
  • Leverage the "chain of thought" technique. This means breaking down complex tasks, like cover letter writing, into smaller prompts for ChatGPT.
  • Seek out proven strategies and tools. Find reliable sources of job search advice and tools that complement your efforts, not replace them.

Avoid This Common ChatGPT Mistake

One misleading way to use ChatGPT is following viral LinkedIn posts promising instant results with brief prompts.

These posts often prioritize generating hype rather than guiding job seekers. Here's a better approach to company research:

Assume the role of a job search coach with over 20 years of experience.
I'm interviewing for the product marketing manager position at Stripe. Your task is to conduct detailed research and return the following:
1. Stripe’s core business model (how they make money)
2. Their top 3 competitors and how Stripe’s products are differentiated
3. Specific tips for candidates applying to the product marketing manager position

Mastering the Cover Letter with ChatGPT

Prompting ChatGPT to write a whole cover letter in one attempt leads to generic results. The "chain of thought" technique solves this:

  1. Strong Hook: Ask ChatGPT to craft a compelling opening based on your resume and the job description.
  2. Relevant Expansion: Have ChatGPT expand on a matching experience from your resume to build the second paragraph.
  3. Concise Close: Request a final paragraph that reiterates your interest.

The Dangers of Auto-Apply Tools

Auto-apply tools promise ease but sacrifice the personalization crucial to a successful application. AI can streamline your workflow, but it can't replace thoughtful tailoring.

The main reason I've only agreed to work with Teal all these years is that their product is a job search companion; it saves you time, and does not pretend to be the end-all, be-all job search tool.

Steal With Pride (and Skill)

"Stealing with pride" means emulating successful formulas found online.

Examples include:

  • LinkedIn Headline Templates: Find templates that resonate with you and have ChatGPT adapt them to your experience.
  • Professional Summaries: Replicate effective summary structures, using ChatGPT to tailor them to your resume.

Learn from the Best with ChatGPT

Tap into expert knowledge efficiently. Share reliable articles on job searching tips with ChatGPT along with your resume and target job description.

ChatGPT can then analyze and provide personalized application advice.

Upgrade Your Resume with the 'X-Y-Z' Formula

Google recruiters endorse the 'X-Y-Z' bullet point structure ("I accomplished X by the measure Y that resulted in Z.").

Have ChatGPT rewrite your existing bullet points into this impactful format.

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