Write Your Resume in One Hour Using ChatGPT

blog Jul 25, 2023


Welcome to the final installment of the topic all month long about How to Write Your B.E.S.T. Resume, by the way, using my B.E.S.T. framework, in about one hour inside of my new mini course called One Hour Resume. So, once again this is brought to you by my new mini course. You can find the link in the show notes.

I’m going to jump right into today’s topic because it is, I’m going to say a meaty topic but also going to be an interesting one to try to talk about in a podcast, an audio podcast. This is adapted from one of the tutorials inside of my mini course. And, in that tutorial I walk you through how to get your resume done in about one hour using ChatGPT.

But I use a lot of visuals: I open one of my resume templates, I go to LinkedIn and show how to use a job description, and I open a ChatGPT tab. Then I show how to use all those 3 things together to really rip through a resume fast. I mean, an hour is probably 5 times as long as you need. You can really get a reasonable resume done quickly, maybe even 10 minutes. Now, is that a resume you should use to submit to a job, no it’s not. But the way that I teach this is to get something done quickly because what I’ve learned over the many years of working with thousands of people is the longer you take to finish your resume, the more likely you won’t finish it. So, one of the best things you can do is move fast, get something done so you move over that hump of that whole staring at a white sheet of paper or a blank screen. So, the goal is to get something done on paper quickly and using AI tools to do it.

So, I want to share this with you the best way I can. You’ll have to kind of visualize it as I go through this or of course, you could check out my minicourse and you can join.

Alright, so the first thing we do is we pull up one of my resume templates. I have 4 of them inside of One Hour Resume. I have 1-page resume, a 2-page resume, a functional resume, a skills-based resume, and each of those has a little bit of a variation where the skills are on top or the bottom, and the education is on the top or the bottom, and which of these templates you use is really going to depend on your goal, essentially. And then you’re going to open a window like LinkedIn, or any platform of your choice. Some people like to use Indeed, Upwork, We Work Remotely, the list goes on and on. So, pick your platform. I like Linked in, I think it’s one of the best ones out there. What you’re going to do is find a job that you want to apply to. I can’t teach that today, but I definitely go over that in Remote Work School; there’s a link for that in the show notes. And one of the things you’re going to do is you’re going to find a job or two that you like that you want to apply to, or that at least contains enough of an interest for you to explore it. Because I like to teach people to explore things, it takes the pressure off a little bit.

So, find one of those and then you’re going to open a window of ChatGPT. If you don’t have an account yet you really, really need to have one. Or at least have an account with Bard, or Bing, or any of the AI tools. I like ChatGPT, it’s just the one I’ve been using the longest. So, I’m going to give you a couple of things to try, and I want to caveat all of this by telling you never copy a job description word for word and make it your resume; that’s number one. Number 2: never copy a job description, feed it into Artificial Intelligence and tell it to write you a resume and use that one. Don’t do that either. These systems are way too smart and if you’re trying to copy and paste as is, they’re going to know and they’re just going to kick you out of the system.

So, what you’re going to do is you’re actually going to use AI as a writing assistant or even a brainstorming assistant. And you’re going to allow it to help you get over writing blocks. So I want to give you a few ways to do that. Again, this is hard to show you so just sort of visualize this with me. Let’s say you have a resume already and it’s decent or it’s old, let’s go with it’s old, not even decent. If you’ve got some sort of old resume lying around at least it’s something to work with. Now you’re going to go find the job that you want to apply to. In the training I use Virtual Assistant because it’s a popular job that a lot of people are looking at when they’re transitioning to working online. You’re going to copy the Virtual Assistant job or whatever job and you’re going to go over to ChatGPT and you’re going to give it a prompt. And a prompt is a way to give ChatGPT a command to give you a response. So, you’re going to find the job description, copy that job description, and you’re going to take it over to ChatGPT or the AI of your choice, and you’re going to give it a prompt. And a prompt is a command, you’re literally commanding it to perform something for you. A search, or an answer or response or whatever of some kind.

So the first thing I did was I wrote this prompt: Using this job description identify the top 10 skills this employer is looking for. Then I copied the job in, in quotes, I pushed enter or the green button, and then it spit out a list of the top skills. And the reason why that’s so powerful is one of the biggest things people struggle with on their resume is figuring out the right skills to put on there. Now what I don’t want you to do is use just that list of skills. You want to take your old resume and you want to compare what do you already have, what skills do you have, what skills ChatGPT suggests you have, and you want to find the middle ground. You want to find enough of a cross over and you want to make sure that you have enough of the skills. Don’t make stuff up. You know, in this one example I use a Virtual Assistant because that’s a popular job, and in this particular job that I put in here, it gave me research and data analysis. Well, not all Virtual Assistants can do that. So, if that’s not true for you, if the job you’re looking at has a skill you don’t have, don’t lie and put that on your resume.

However, maybe you have other skills. For example, this same job search provided things like project management, calendar management, attention to detail, relationship management. Well, maybe those are skills you do have. So, you would want to make sure you have enough of those types of skills on your resume. Now, again you don’t want to use it word for word or verbatim. You want to talk about it in way that feels true and natural to you, not just take what ChatGPT says and plop it on your resume.

Let me give you another way to use it. Here’s another prompt I gave it: Rewrite the following job tasks to more closely align with the skills required for this job. And what I did was I pulled some old tasks off my resume; I fed it into ChatGPT after I had already put the original job description in. And what it did was extracted from my resume some of the things I did and matched it to this job description, then wrote those tasks for me. Now I can take those tasks and put them back on my resume. But you have to take the extra step to actually rewrite it enough in your own words. Again, you’re not trying to use ChatGPT to write your resume, you’re using it as a writing assistant, having it help you come up with ideas and angles. And then you’re modifying it or enhancing it in your own words, if that makes sense.

Another way I used ChatGPT is I gave it the following prompt: Based on the job description above, write a short summary statement to describe my top qualifications for this job. And so it did. Just like at the top of your resume you have that summary statement. Some people call it an objective. I never tell people to use the word objective because employers don’t really care what your objective is. They really care more about who you are and what you bring to the table. So you can have ChatGPT help you write that but again your would want to finesse it or reword it in your own words so that it is true for you.

Now you could do this a different way. Let’s say you already have a summary statement on your resume, one that you wrote which, by the way, is better. You could copy that summary statement, put it back into ChatGPT and say: Reword this summary statement on my resume to better match the job description above. And what I like about this is now you’re using your own words but you’re combining it with all these previous prompts and searches that you’ve already done. So, by now Chat GPT is learning what it is you want. So now it’s feeding you back something that sounds a little bit better.

And why don’t I just read this to you because I think you’ll find this interesting what it gave back to me in terms of a summary statement. Again, it’s for that Virtual Assistant job. “Experienced Virtual Assistant with a successful track record healthcare, government, and private business settings. Adept at streamlining operations through efficient organization ensuring offices run smoothly and effectively. Dedicated to delivering award winning customer service, fostering positive relationships with clients and stakeholders.” It goes on and on but, honestly that’s enough; I’d probably cut this. And that’s based off something I already wrote; it just made it sound a whole lot more professional.

Now another thing you can do is now, let’s say, you’re looking for some other job titles that maybe you never thought of. So, for this example in the training, again I went with Virtual Assistant. But that’s kind of narrow. There are so many different titles out there that maybe you would never think of but are kind of like a Virtual Assistant.

So, here’s another prompt that I gave ChatGPT: Based on the job description above provide 2-3 more job titles that might work. And here’s what it gave me: Executive Administrative Assistant, Project Coordinator, Office Manager, and Administrative Support Specialist. And if I had told it to give me a list of 10 things, it would have.

And so in this short podcast episode today, one of things I want you to walk away with is yes, you can write your resume in about one hour or less even, and you can modify it and play with it, but what’s most important is that you learn how to use the prompts in ChatGPT or any other AI tool because that’s how you make it work really well. The better you know how to ask questions the better information you’re going to get back. Then you can make decisions about which of that information you want to put back onto your resume.

The other day I was in a Coaching Circle, and we did some fun stuff with ChatGPT and I wrote a resume for someone in literally about 5 minutes. And it was pretty good. We still made some changes but sometimes that’s all you need. You just need something to help you get over the hump and that’s what these tools combined can help you do.

So, one more time: using a pre-built resume template that’s already optimized, you get through the Artificial Intelligence systems, I provide that in my mini course, combined with reverse engineering a job description knowing what key words you’re looking for, what titles you want, and then knowing how to use ChatGPT or one of these other AI tools. Then refine things to help you put those things back on your resume. This can really bring your resume to a whole new level and make you way more competitive. And again, you’re not trying to replace what’s on your resume completely. You’re trying to take what you already do and who you already are and really bring it to life.

Alright, I hope you really enjoyed this series all about building your B.E.S.T. resume. I mentioned it many times and I’m going to mention it one more time. You can join One Hour Resume, my new mini course where you learn all of this and more. And finally get that great resume done. In fact, make your B.E.S.T. resume.

I hope to see you in the mini course.


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Camille Attell is the founder of Remote Work School, where she coaches and helps semi- and working retirees get remote work so they don't run out of money. In 2016 she walked away from a 20+ career in corporate training to live the life she always wanted—adventure and travel on her terms. She and her husband Bryce traveled full-time in their RV for four years while reinventing themselves professionally to work over twelve different remote jobs. Camille combines her corporate training experience, and her Master's degree in psychology, with being a long-time remote worker, to provide a well-rounded, no-nonsense approach to helping people in a career and life transition get the right remote work so they can live how they want.

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