Should You Use ChatGPT to Write Your Resume?
Once strictly relegated to the realm of science fiction, artificial intelligence (AI) is now a reality.
AI hit the mainstream when the company OpenAI launched their ChatGPT platform in late 2022. ChatGPT went viral immediately, reaching one million users within five days of launch, and now has more than a billion users and counting.
What is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is a language processing interface that’s powered by AI. Underneath the simple chat interface are powerful algorithms that enable the software to “read” words and phrases and then predict, with a high degree of accuracy, which words come next.
For the most part, the content churned out by ChatGPT sounds human. Just by typing in simple prompts, ChatGPT can help users compose emails, write essays, generate code, and even draft a pretty good poem, believe it or not.
ChatGPT has also been the source of controversy as more than half of college students admit to using the software to write essays. It’s easy to understand why educators are concerned about that trend.
Should I Create My Resume with ChatGPT?
With such advanced technology at your fingertips, it’s only natural to wonder, should I use ChatGPT to write my resume?
Recent statistics show that some jobseekers are having success with AI-generated resumes. According to a study conducted by ResumeBuilder.com, 78% of jobseekers who used ChatGPT-generated materials landed an interview and 59% of jobseekers who used ChatGPT-generated resumes got the job.
But don’t let those statistics sway your opinion just yet. As with any type of new technology, there are advantages and disadvantages to using ChatGPT to create your resume.
What are the Pros of Using ChatGPT?
One of the major advantages of ChatGPT is that it’s free for anyone to use. There is a professional version available for a fee, but it’s not necessary to get the pro version to generate a decent resume.
The other big advantage is that it’s extremely easy to use. You can start generating a resume with a simple prompt like this:
Write a two-page professional resume. I am a software developer with 8 years of experience in web design, 5 years of experience in cloud computing, and 7 years of experience in management positions. Highlight my experience in management and cloud computing. Use my current LinkedIn profile (paste your LinkedIn URL).
Once you have the first draft completed you can easily update it with details. You ask it to add metrics that highlight your success in previous roles. You can prompt it to add bullet points, create a summary paragraph, and highlight your education in a specific way.
Another cool way to use ChatGPT is to ask it to generate a resume using a specific job description as a starting point. Try a prompt like this:
Tailor my resume for a software engineer role. Show that I have the skills and requirements asked for in the job description. This is the relevant job description (paste job description).
And that’s just the beginning of what you can do with ChatGPT. Type in as many different prompts as you want. Have fun with it. You’ll be surprised how quickly it can create a usable resume.
What are the Cons of Using ChatGPT?
While there are many advantages of using ChaptGPT to create a resume, this cutting-edge technology also presents several disadvantages:
- It can make serious errors. Remember that ChatGPT is artificial intelligence after all. The information generated may contain inaccuracies or errors. In fact, there are several instances of ChatGPT making up quotes, people’s names, and sources in news stories. That’s why you should carefully proofread and fact check any content generated by ChatGPT.
- It may be out of date. The free version of the software has knowledge of information only up to January 2022. Therefore, if you’re using ChatGPT to research best practices for your industry or specific metrics, then you won’t be getting the latest data available.
- Garbage in/garbage out. The quality of the information you feed into ChatGPT will directly influence the quality of what gets generated. If you provide few details and aren’t specific with your request, you won’t get quality content in return.
- Your voice gets lost. ChatGPT can’t capture your unique communication style and personality. Your ChatGPT resume will look and sound like every other ChatGPT resume that a hiring manager will likely receive. That means you won’t stand apart from the competition, which will decrease your chances of landing an interview.
- ChatGPT do not always create perfectly sentences. ChatGPT may spit out a weird sentence from time to time. It may mess up the syntax or use the wrong verb tense. You have to make sure you catch and fix those errors that are a clear sign to hiring managers that you used AI to create your resume.
- AI is anticipated. More and more employers are using AI-detection programs to weed out ChatGPT-generated resumes. According to a recent study, 11% of the jobseekers surveyed were removed from job consideration after their interviewer learned that the jobseeker used ChatGPT to create their resume. That may seem like a small percentage, but why take a chance?
ChatGPT: Still Not Better than a Human
It’s clear that ChatGPT is here to stay and can save users countless hours of laboring over writing projects. However, we don’t recommend that you use ChatGPT exclusively to create your resume from top to bottom.
We believe that’s it’s still in your best interest to use a professional resume writing service such as Empire Resume. We’ve helped thousands of jobseekers get the job they deserve.
Our resume writing experts take the time to get to know who you are. We learn about your skills, your accomplishments, and the skills you have to offer employers. We make sure your personality and unique communication style shines throughout your resume and that it reads well to hiring managers. ChatGPT can never promise to do that.
Whether you’re looking for an entry-level position or C-suite position, we can create a resume that’s sails past applicant tracking systems into the hands of hiring managers.
To get started on your resume, call 801-690-4085 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maria Gold is a Content Manager/Writer for Empire Resume. She is dedicated to helping educate and motivate people with the latest career articles and job search advice. Her interests range from writing to programming and design. She is also passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology.