Hey there, it’s Bec McFarland, the host of the Pop Your Career Podcast, and I’m here to help you do better and be better in your career. In this episode, we’re talking about artificial intelligence and a tool called ChatGPT, which can help you improve your resume. I’m all about saving time, energy, and embracing your creativity, and ChatGPT can help you do just that. It’s an AI tool that you can chat with directly, almost like having your own personal assistant. You can ask it to write different types of content, including a blog post, social media captions, and even sections of your resume. Plus, you can give it feedback and ask it to make adjustments to match your voice. Tune in to learn more about how ChatGPT can help you up-level your career.

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40. Using AI to write or improve your resume – Transcript

[00:00:00] Hi, there I’m Bec McFarland the host of the Pop Your Career Podcast. As a career coach, I’m most passionate about helping my clients to discover their own personal flavour of career fulfillment. In this podcast, we are going to be exploring ways that you too can feel more fulfilled by your work. So strap yourself in, get ready for the ride. The tips around here are fast and in abundance.

[00:00:33] Hello. Hello. It’s Bec McFarland here helping you do better and be better in your career. And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably seen all of the excitement about artificial intelligence, and in particular, a tool called ChatGPT.

[00:00:52] Now, a couple of weeks ago I shared an Instagram reel with some tips about how you could get AI, or more specifically [00:01:00] the ChatGPT tool to help you to improve your resume. And one of my kind followers came along with a third tip. I’d love to share them all with you here today to help you use the robots, right?

[00:01:14] I am always an advocate for saving time, saving energy, getting better results, and of course, embracing your creativity. Now before I dive in, I would just like to tell you a little bit about ChatGPT, just so that you understand exactly what we are talking about. So there are lots of AI tools available on the internet, and I’ve used quite a few of them.

[00:01:35] Basically, usually you would go in and you would provide a little bit of a description, and then the AI would go ahead and create whatever type of content it was that you’ve asked it to do. It could be a social media caption or a blog post or an advertising text, so you can see how it would be super useful for a business owner.

[00:01:53] There are loads of different ways that you can use AI to up-level, to get work done faster, more [00:02:00] effectively, more efficiently, and as I said, save the time and the energy. And I’ve been sharing a lot of tips over on my business social media accounts about how I’ve been using AI in my business, and there are loads and loads of different ways. But I think things started to get really real late last year when ChatGPT was released.

[00:02:21] Now, this is another AI tool, but unlike the others, you are actually chatting directly with the AI. So it’s kind of like having your own little assistant. You would talk to them as though you were talking to a friend. So you might reach out to the robot and say, you know, Hey, I was creating a blog post about X, Y, and Z, and about my opinion on this topic.

[00:02:45] I was wondering if you could please write me a blog post outline, or could you please write me an introductory paragraph or you know, go, go the whole hog, ask it to write the whole blog post, right? So it’s quite exceptional. It also means that you can give [00:03:00] it feedback and you could say to it, Hey, you know, what you wrote was good, but it wasn’t quite in my voice.

[00:03:06] Can you please make it a little bit more casual or more informal or more factual, or however it is that you would usually talk. So there are lots of different ways that you can use this in business applications, and I’ve seen that it’s just blowing up on the internet with people sharing all of their really cool and innovative ideas about the way that they can actually use the AI and more specifically ChatGPT to get some of this stuff done.

[00:03:30] But what I thought was interesting is that you can go ahead and use ChatGPT to help you improve your resume. So there are plenty of applications for ChatGTP outside the business world, and this is just one of them. So, as I said in the Instagram reel that I shared a couple of weeks ago, I did talk about two different ways that you could use ChatGPT and then one of the followers of my account came through and shared a third idea, and I’m about to dive in and tell you what they are.

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[00:04:52] So the first tip that I shared is that you can go ahead and ask ChatGPT to [00:05:00] rewrite sections of your resume. So I say sections because I find that ChatGPT works the best when you do break things down. It doesn’t take as long, like it’s a lot faster to respond and it tends to get less confused. So when I have used this, I’ve gone ahead and broken my resume down into the natural areas or titles that it usually has, and then I’ve fed each of those sections into the software one by one.

[00:05:30] So to give you an example, I would go to ChatGPT and say, hi, I’m working on my resume at the moment. Could you please rewrite my professional profile section to make it stronger? And then I would paste in the professional profile that I’ve already got on my resume, and then the AI goes ahead and does its work.

[00:05:49] So it would go through and reword my professional profile and use stronger language that’s gonna be more convincing and more persuasive. The way that I [00:06:00] have seen it work is just really phenomenal. As you know, you may not know, I was a professional resume writer for many years, so I have written a lot of resumes in my time and I like to think I’m pretty damn good at it too.

[00:06:13] But when I uploaded some different professional profiles that I’d written into the AI software, I could see that there were these little tiny tweaks that it was making to my work that did just elevate it, take it to the next level, or help me to make it more persuasive. I think that was a really, really handy way of doing things.

[00:06:31] Now the second way that I shared that you could use AI or ChatGPT to improve your resume is more for people who want to have a little bit more control. So I know that there are a lot of people out there who are feeling really skeptical about AI at the moment, or they’re concerned about what it’s going to look like in terms of duplicate content or whether there is going to be software available that will essentially highlight if AI has been used to write something. So [00:07:00] I know that there is a lot of concern about this. Also, I know that a lot of people just like their own writing style, and they prefer to have the control of writing themselves rather than having a robot take over.

[00:07:11] And that’s totally great, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use ChatGPT to help you get a leg up. So the second tip was that you can go to your ChatGPT robot and you can ask them to give you suggestions about how you could improve that piece of your resume. So again, I used the same professional profile.

[00:07:30] I said I’m working on my resume at the moment. I’m wondering if you can please provide me with suggestions on how I can make this piece of my resume stronger and more persuasive for potential employers. The AI then basically went through and provided me with a whole list of ideas of ways that I could change it.

[00:07:49] This would look like, you know, you said, X, Y, and Z, you know, if you made this more subjective by providing examples of how many or how much, [00:08:00] then this would make your application stronger. The feedback that it gave was really, very helpful. I think it was all really, really sensible and there was nothing that I have seen that has suggested so far that is too sort of outside the box, I guess you could say.

[00:08:18] Now I always say you do need to still proofread and you may still wanna make tweaks and changes to ensure that your voice or your personality is coming through in the writing. We are not just expecting the AI to come in and do our work for us. It does still take some finessing to make sure that you are happy with the end result. But if you’re short on time or you are just looking for ideas about how you could improve a piece of work that you’ve already done, then I think that ChatGPT is a really great way of doing it.

[00:08:53] Now, as I mentioned, one of my beautiful followers on the Pop Your Career account shared a third way that you could potentially use [00:09:00]ChatGPT to improve your resume.

[00:09:02] They suggested that you could actually also provide ChatGPT with your resume text, and you could provide them with the text from the advertisement or from the position description for the role, and you could ask the ChatGPT bot to go ahead and tailor your resume to that specific role. I think this is an exceptional application.

[00:09:28] Again, it is really sort of thinking quite innovatively and looking at the ways that you can do things differently. I’d be really interested to see what ChatGPT comes up with and the way that it does go about tailoring your experience and your skills and the way that you present yourself. So that it is more reflective of the position that you’re applying for.

[00:09:51] Anyway, I hope that these ideas help you. If you haven’t already checked out ChatGPT highly recommend that you jump on and give it a go. It is [00:10:00]free. There is a paid option, but if you’re just gonna be a casual user, there’s really no need for you to dive into the paid plan. Just keep in mind that sometimes the servers overload and it can be a little bit difficult to get on. You just need to keep refreshing your screen, and I promise that you will get on there and be able to have a little bit of a play.

[00:10:19] If you give this a go, definitely let me know. Come across to social media. I am at Pop Your Career everywhere. Continue the conversation and let me know how you have been using AI in your career or even in your life, I am always looking for different suggestions about the way that we can do things better. Have a beautiful day and I’ll see you next time.

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Bec McFarland is an experienced HR practitioner, manager, career coach and the creator of Pop Your Career. She delights in sharing practical, straight to the point career advice, spending time with her family and eating Mexican food.