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Looking for a job can be a lot of stress, but also a lot of work. It can also be time-consuming — according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a job search takes an average of about five months.
With a lot of new talent entering the job market thanks to the many layoffs currently hitting the tech industry – data from Layoffs.fyi indicates that more than 108,000 jobs cut so far this year — sharpening a competitive edge is essential.
A small relief for the tech sector in particular is the fact that laid-off tech professionals can quickly find new work. A recent survey found that 79% of layoffs come from a job at a technology company got a new job within three months of starting their search, and nearly four in ten of them found work in less than a month.
That’s good news, but what else can you do to speed up and improve your job search?
Enter ChatGPT. This natural language processing chatbot is powered by AI technology that lets you ask questions, have surprisingly human conversations, and get answers to complex topics.
The chatbot can also be used in many ways to help you find a new job, both for applying and preparing for an interview. Here are four ways you can make ChatGPT work for you.
Applicants often don’t understand the importance of using keywords from the job description in their resume. This is because a large number of recruiting professionals use software called Application Tracking Systems (ATS) to take down resumes as the first step. More than 98.8% of Fortune 500 companies use ATS, as do 66% of large companies and 35% of small organizations.
Paste a job description into ChatGPT and then ask him to tell you the top three to five responsibilities. This gives you actionable keywords to include in your resume and beat the bots.
Yes, ChatGPT can also create personalized versions of your resume, tailored to the job description. This is another important step you should take as it elevates your resume from the basics and makes it highly relevant.
Do the following three things: Ask ChatGPT to “personalize my resume for this [Job Title] role [Company]”. Then paste the job posting and paste into your current resume. Take the time to edit the results so they are appropriate for the role and personalized for you.
The tool can also help with cover letters, with a structured style and layout that you can customize. Ask it to “write a cover letter for a job as a Java developer”, and you’ll get a surprisingly useful piece of text back – albeit one that needs some tweaking and additional information from you.
It’s interview time and you’re applying for a stretch position. Some concepts in the job description are not the concepts you are familiar with. ChatGPT can help: ask it for an explanation of a complex topic or technical jargon you are unfamiliar with, and it will return a concise, clear English explanation that can really help you.
Another dreaded aspect of the interview process is the part where you’re asked, “Do you have any questions for us?” Yes. You can ask it to generate questions in several ways – ask the most common questions for an interview or ask it for personalized suggestions based on the job description, which you can paste.
While this is a tool that can automate parts of your job search, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s not a replacement for you; after all, it creates its answers based on datasets. Carefully edit the responses, add your own personal touches and you’ll get the best out of the bot.
Ready to give ChatGPT a shot? There are three exciting positions to explore below, and many more on the VentureBeat Job Board.
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