In today’s competitive job market, finding the right role can be challenging, but with the help of Artificial Intelligence-powered language models like ChatGPT, job seekers can get guidance and advice on how to find and apply for job opportunities.
You may already know a lot about ChatGPT or even used it yourself. It’s a state-of-the-art language model developed by OpenAI. It uses deep learning techniques to generate human-like responses to natural language inputs. It’s a powerful tool and has seemingly unlimited potential—it may even help out your job search.
Here are a few ways to use AI to help get that first post-military job—or any job.
Write Your Resume
A well-written resume is a crucial component of a successful job search. ChatGPT can help job seekers with writing a strong and effective resume that will stand out to hiring managers.
It not only provides tips on formatting, content, and style, it can also offer suggestions for quantifying achievements and highlighting relevant experience. Most importantly for today’s job searches, it can show you how to customize your resume for specific job applications and translate your military experience.
Since today’s job board sites use unique algorithms to sort resumes based on keywords, it makes sense to use AI computing to talk to another computer. ChatGPT can help veterans translate their military experience into civilian keywords and highlight transferable skills.
To utilize this feature:
- Let the interface know what your military occupational specialty (or Air Force Specialty Code) is.
- Gather the job requirements for the role you intend to apply for.
- Enter the details into the chat interface. ChatGPT will analyze the job requirements and compare them with your existing skills and experience. It may ask you questions about your previous work experience, education, and relevant skills to better understand your background.
- ChatGPT will provide you with personalized suggestions on how to customize your resume to match the job requirements.
This may include highlighting your relevant skills and experience, adjusting your written resume layout, or using specific keywords and phrases that match the job description—all things that need to be done to ensure the resume ends up in human hands.
Strategize Your Search
Finding the right job requires a strategic approach. ChatGPT can suggest tips on how to network, use job search websites, and tailor your resume and cover letter to specific job opportunities. ChatGPT can help job seekers stay current on job market trends and changes.
For instance, it can provide insights into the current job market landscape, emerging industries, and new technologies disrupting those existing industries.
Prepare to Interview
ChatGPT can provide tips on how to research a company, anticipate common interview questions, and practice your responses. Additionally, it can provide guidance on how to make a good impression during the interview process, including how to dress, communicate effectively, and answer tricky questions.
Remember, you’re not only going to have to answer questions, but you will also need to have questions prepared to ask your interviewer(s). ChatGPT can help with that, too.
Explore Potential Careers
ChatGPT helps people explore different career options based on their skills, interests, and experience. For example, ChatGPT can suggest industries or job roles that may be a good fit based on a person’s background and preferences.
It can also assist job seekers to identify their strengths and weaknesses and suggest personalized training programs that could help them acquire new skills and knowledge. Finally, we keep mentioning the fact that ChatGPT can help you understand where your military skills can translate to civilian needs because it’s a definite must-do for any veteran on the job hunt.
Provide Industry Insights
You may have all the skills needed to enter an industry, but military people are often missing that critical connection to the industry itself. ChatGPT has the ability to give job seekers insights into specific industries or job roles, provide information on job market trends, skills in demand, and determine typical salary ranges.
Additionally, the software can provide job seekers with insights into different companies, including their culture, values, and mission.
Understanding how industries are impacted by global trends such as digital transformation, sustainability, and geopolitical risk will help job seekers prepare to enter the current job market.
The Future of the Job Search
With minimal modifications and minimal editing, ChatGPT can articulate complex ideas, provide cohesive insight, and communicate with users (and, hopefully, hiring managers) in a way never seen before.
ChatGPT (and other forms of AI) can analyze and process vast amounts of information quickly, generate human-like responses to questions and statements, translate text into multiple languages, and even write essays, articles, and stories. It can also summarize long articles, suggest synonyms, and even come up with creative ideas for writing prompts.
One of the key features of ChatGPT is its ability to learn and adapt to user input. As users interact with the model and provide feedback, ChatGPT can improve its responses and become more accurate over time. It can track topics discussed throughout the thread to communicate feedback and analysis in real-time.
Limitations & Cautions
The technology is still evolving, so it’s important to recognize that this resource is not foolproof. When using ChatGPT in your job search, be mindful that the model does not replace the need for intellectual thought, analysis, and understanding.
ChatGPT, like all AI, can only offer what it knows at the time it is utilized to provide information, options, and other assistance. This means that resumes, like the jobs and industries they’re submitted to, will eventually become obsolete and need to be updated.
Keep things like this in mind when using the technology and always review, edit, and tweak outputs. AI will continue to develop and be a useful tool for job seekers, but ultimately, you must drive your career journey.
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Paige Cox contributed to this article. Paige is a content writer and production manager at RecruitMilitary and a U.S. Army veteran.