How ChatGPT can lend a hand to jobseekers.

Published on: 25 Apr 2023

In today’s competitive job market, jobseekers should always strive to be one step ahead, gaining an advantage over their competition.

With the increasing popularity of ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence language model, we explore how keen jobseekers should be using it to skip ahead.

So, what is ChatGPT? In its most basic terms, it is a large language model that is capable of understanding and generating human-like language. It has been trained on a vast amount of data and can therefore be used to perform a multitude of tasks.

With its ease of use and capabilities, some have claimed that it is able to do 80% of their workload, with functionalities to help write code, develop marketing materials, transcribe zoom calls and much more.

So, how can it help?

Step 1 – finding a job. Yes, ChatGPT can assist here, helping jobseekers find potential job opportunities that match their skills and experience. By providing ChatGPT with relevant keywords and phrases related to their search, jobseekers can receive a list of vacancies that match their search criteria; saving time and effort compared to manually searching across multiple job boards.

To support any application, a strong covering letter is also key to the process, and something ChatGPT can help jobseekers with simply by using candidates work history, experience, and skills.  It can also suggest suitable keywords and phrases to include, to give them a better chance of standing out. By using the OpenAi, candidates can interact with the interface, inputting information and receiving responses in real time.

ChatGPT can also assist in preparing for job interviews by offering jobseekers common interview questions and potential answers and/or scenarios. With such preparation, candidates feel more confident, increasing their chance of landing the job.

Whilst applying for new roles, it could be important (depending on your industry and job title), to be proactive on social media platforms, posting up to date and relevant content. Any potential employers can see you are active, knowledgeable and understand recent trends within your industry.

LinkedIn is the key professional forum for this type of content, and one that ChatGPT can lend a hand by producing killer, thought provoking content which perfectly showcases your expertise and thought leadership. You can enter prompts related to your industry/job type and then ChatGPT will be able to generate content for you. Your job is to think carefully about what an ideal blog/ article/ piece would be to explore, and ask ChatGPT the right questions, ensuring you achieve something valuable and presents you as a more attractive candidate to potential employers.

You may be a jobseeker that prefers to approach chosen top companies rather than applying to live vacancies to see if they have any opportunities that fit your skill set. Here you can take advantage of the model’s ability to write cold emails for outreach. By utilising this function, you will save time and increase the chances of successful outreach with personalised and effective cold emails.

Looking at it from the recruiter side, ChatGPT can equally help with writing job adverts that are engaging, informative and accurate. The model can analyse job descriptions and company culture to suggest the appropriate language and tone for the adverts. Cutting out further work for the recruiter, ChatGPT can screen candidates based on information they have provided on skills, experience and education successfully analysing CVs and cover letters to identify the top candidates.

Where ChatGPT can support jobseekers in interview prep, it can also help the recruiter conduct interview questions, providing a more consistent interview process. It can also then analyse candidate responses, providing insights on their strengths, weaknesses, and potential fit to the company culture.

Whilst this is a leap forward and can impact both jobseekers and recruiters positively, it should not be relied upon entirely and some human effort and judgement certainly needs to be involved to get the happy medium and most effective results.

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