Create a Resume Using ChatGPT

Codecademy Team
How to create a resume using ChatGPT!


Welcome to an innovative approach to crafting your resume. By the end of this guide, you’ll be familiar with this amazing tool, and you’ll also be equipped to use it to its fullest potential to create a standout resume.

ChatGPT is one of the groundbreaking advancements in the world of artificial intelligence. It’s an AI (Artificial Intelligence) developed by OpenAI, designed to generate human-like text based on the prompts it receives. Think of it as having a virtual assistant who’s always ready to help you with your writing tasks, and in this case, assist in sculpting a professional resume.

We use ChatGPT to create a resume for the following reasons:

  • Efficiency: Crafting a resume can be time-consuming, especially if you’re unsure where to start. ChatGPT can provide instant suggestions, saving you hours of pondering over wording or structure.

  • Quality: With the right prompts, ChatGPT offers high-quality content that matches industry standards.

  • Customization: Every job and industry are unique. ChatGPT can be directed to cater to specific job roles, ensuring your resume stands out in a pile.

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to harness the power of ChatGPT for your resume. From gathering your information, structuring your resume, and customizing it for specific roles, to adding that final polish. Let’s get started.

Gathering Information

Before we jump into the magic of ChatGPT, it’s crucial to have a clear picture of the content we want to feature on our resume. This step is akin to a chef gathering all the necessary ingredients before starting to cook. And just as in cooking, the quality and organization of our ingredients—or in our case, information—can make a significant difference in the result.

Identifying Essential Resume Components

Here are the fundamental sections we’ll be focusing on:

  • Personal Information: This includes your name, contact number, email address, and LinkedIn profile or personal website if you have one. Remember, unless specifically required for the job (like in the case of some government positions), you should avoid including sensitive information such as your home address, credit card information, social security number, or marital status.

  • Career Objective or Summary: A concise statement about your career goals or a brief overview of your professional background.

  • Education: Detail your academic achievements, starting from the most recent. This can include formal education, online courses, workshops, or seminars you’ve attended.

  • Work Experience: List your relevant job roles, responsibilities, and notable accomplishments. We’ll be focusing on the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to make our descriptions impactful.

  • Skills: Highlight specific skills that pertain to the job you’re applying for. This can range from technical proficiencies to soft skills.

  • Certifications: Have you taken any additional courses or certifications that stand out? This is the section where they shine.

  • Projects or Portfolios: Especially for those in creative or technical fields, showcasing relevant projects can give you an edge.

  • References: While it’s becoming less common to include references directly on resumes, it’s good to have them on hand. A simple “References available upon request” can also suffice.

Tips for Collecting and Organizing Your Information

  • Documentation: Gather all your certificates, letters of recommendation, and any other relevant documents. Digitalize them, if possible, for easy access.

  • Brainstorming: Before jotting everything down, take a moment to reflect on your career journey. Sometimes, accomplishments or significant tasks might not be evident on the surface.

  • Chronology: Organize your information chronologically, starting with the most recent. This makes it easier to input and ensures you don’t miss out on anything.

  • Relevancy: Tailor your information based on the job or industry. Not every achievement or skill might be relevant for every application.

  • Be Authentic: It’s tempting to embellish, but always stick to facts. Authenticity ensures that you can confidently discuss every aspect of your resume during interviews.

Having all this information ready will make the next stages smoother and more efficient. In the upcoming sections, we’ll delve into how we can transform this gathered data into a polished resume with the help of ChatGPT.

Getting Started with ChatGPT Prompts for Resumes

Now that we have our information organized, we can dive into the exciting world of ChatGPT. Using this AI tool efficiently boils down to how effectively we prompt it. Think of it as providing clear instructions to someone who’s assisting you.

Structuring Your Initial Prompt

In the beginning, it’s essential to set the stage for ChatGPT. A well-structured initial prompt will give ChatGPT a clear direction and help it generate relevant content. Here’s a template to start:

I'm creating a professional resume for [Your Industry/Role]. Please help me draft a [specific section, e.g., 'Career Objective'] based on the information I provide. 

Importance of Being Specific and Detailed with Your Prompts

ChatGPT is a powerful tool, but its efficiency lies in the clarity of the prompts. General or vague prompts might yield generic outputs. For instance, instead of simply asking, “Help me with my Work Experience section,” be more specific:

I've worked as a Software Engineer for 5 years at XYZ Corp, focusing on full-stack development, primarily using React and Node.js. I've led a team of 4 and have successfully deployed 3 major projects. Can you help me detail this in my Work Experience section? 

This detailed prompt aids ChatGPT in crafting a more tailored and impactful description for your resume.

Examples of Starter Prompts for Resume Creation

Personal Information:

Based on the details: [Name, Contact, LinkedIn Profile], create a formatted Personal Information section for my resume. 

Career Objective:

I'm a marketing professional with 6 years of experience in digital marketing and campaign management, looking to transition into a strategic role at a tech company. Can you help draft a Career Objective for me? 


Please format the following educational details into a structured Education section: Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University, 2018-2020; Bachelor's in Marketing from the University of Florida, 2014-2018. 

These prompts serve as starting points. As we progress through each section, we’ll delve deeper into crafting more nuanced prompts to capture the essence of your professional journey.

Remember, the prompts act as a guide for ChatGPT. The clearer and more detailed they are, the better your resume’s content will be. With this foundation, we’re now ready to tackle each section of the resume in depth.

Section 3: Crafting Each Resume Section with ChatGPT

Let’s explore using ChatGPT to craft each specific section of our resume. Here’s how we’ll guide ChatGPT to produce content that shines in every segment.

A. Personal Information

While it might seem simple, presentation matters. An organized header grabs attention.

Example prompt for generating personal information section:

Given the details - [John Doe, [email protected], (123) 456-7890, LinkedIn:], create a structured Personal Information header for my resume. 

Customizing for different styles: Depending on the style of the resume or the region you’re applying in, you might want variations. For instance, if applying in Europe, you might include a professional photo.

B. Career Objective or Summary

Distinguish between an objective (what you hope to achieve) and a summary (a brief overview of your experience).

Crafting a compelling prompt for this section:

I have spent 8 years in the finance sector, mostly in risk analysis and strategic investment, and I am seeking a senior role in financial strategy planning. Please draft a compelling Career Summary template that includes my experience, and provide in-line placeholder recommendations so I can continue filling in my summary details. 

C. Education

Different educational backgrounds require unique representations.

Prompt examples for various education backgrounds:

For a college degree:

Draft an entry for a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from MIT, graduated in 2020 with a GPA of 3.8/4.0. 

For online courses:

Add an entry to the resume detailing my completion of a Data Science Specialization from Coursera, completed in January 2022, a Security+ certification bootcamp, and the complete (Data Scientist: Analytics Specialist)[] course from Codecademy. 

D. Work Experience

This is where we get to showcase our professional journey.

Construct detailed job descriptions:

I was a Project Manager at ABC Tech from 2018-2021, where I led a cross-functional team of 10, managed 5 successful product launches, and implemented Agile methodologies. Here is a description of the job role from a job post site: <ENTER DESCRIPTION HERE>. 
Help me structure this in a detailed and professional manner for my resume. 

Highlighting achievements and responsibilities:

Remember, achievements quantify your impact, while responsibilities showcase your role. Lead with achievements where possible.

E. Skills

Choosing relevant skills is critical to making it past automated resume filters.

Prompting for skill endorsements or elaborations:

I have skills in Python, Machine Learning, and Team Management. Can you elaborate on how these skills align with a Data Scientist position?  

F. Certifications

Here, we showcase any added qualifications that can give us an advantage.

Listing certifications with dates:

Help me detail my certification: Certified Data Professional (CDP) from Data Institute, acquired in June 2021, by providing a brief description highlighting the most impactful capabilities of a typical CDP as described by the Data Institute. 

G. References

While not always necessary, it’s good to be prepared. When deciding on including references or the phrase “References available upon request” consider that for most modern resumes, the latter is preferred unless the employer explicitly asks for references.

Styling and Formatting Tips

Now that we’ve crafted the content, let’s ensure our resume is visually appealing and easy to read. Remember, recruiters often skim resumes in a matter of seconds, so presentation matters as much as content.

Using ChatGPT to Suggest Formatting or Style Enhancements

ChatGPT can provide insights into modern and industry-specific formatting styles. For instance:

Given my Software Developer background, what are the trending resume formats in the tech industry for 2023? Suggest some style enhancements. 

Common Resume Formats and When to Use Them

  • Chronological: Lists your work history in reverse chronological order (most recent to oldest). It’s suitable for those with a strong work history in a specific field.

  • Functional: Focuses on skills and qualifications. Ideal for those with gaps in their work history or changing industries.

  • Hybrid: A mix of chronological and functional, highlighting relevant skills while also showcasing a chronological work history.

When crafting with ChatGPT, specify which format you’re leaning toward so the AI can structure the content accordingly.

Tailoring Your Resume’s Style to the Job or Industry

Different industries have varying preferences. A graphic designer’s resume will look vastly different from that of a financial analyst.

Considering I'm applying for a creative role in graphic design, how should I style my resume to make it stand out visually while retaining professionalism? 

Reviewing and Refining

With the primary content and style in place, it’s essential we take steps to refine and perfect our resume. A polished document conveys professionalism and attention to detail, traits valued in any role.

Importance of Proofreading

While ChatGPT is highly accurate, it’s crucial to double-check every detail. Typos, grammatical errors, or inconsistencies can detract from the hard work we have put into crafting our content.

Using ChatGPT for Feedback or Suggestions on Refining Content

Leverage ChatGPT’s potential to get feedback on certain sections. For instance:

Here's my Work Experience section detailing my role as a Marketing Manager at ABC Corp. Please review and suggest improvements to make it more impactful. 
[Work Experience Section Provided Here] 

Additional Tools and Methods to Ensure Accuracy

Consider integrating third-party proofreading tools or apps. Tools like Grammarly, Hemingway Editor, or even a trusted peer review can help catch an inaccuracy, ensuring your resume is error-free and coherent.

Customizing Resumes for Specific Roles

A “one-size-fits-all” resume approach is not strategic in today’s competitive job market. To increase our chances of landing that dream job, we need to tailor our resume to match specific roles. Let us walk through this fine-tuning process.

Tailoring Content Based on the Job Description

Always start by carefully reading the job description. Highlight keywords, required skills, and responsibilities. These insights should guide our customization.

For example:

Given the requirement for 'strong collaboration skills' in this Project Manager role, how can I emphasize my teamwork experiences in past jobs? 

How to Prompt ChatGPT to Suggest Alterations for a Target Role

Use the job description to guide ChatGPT in refining content. For instance:

Based on this job description for a Senior Data Analyst emphasizing data visualization and stakeholder communication, how should I adjust my resume's Skills and Work Experience sections? 

Examples of Customizations for Various Industries

  • Tech Roles: Highlight specific programming languages, frameworks, or project methodologies. Mention any collaboration with cross-functional teams or leadership in tech projects.

  • Creative Roles: Emphasize unique design projects, collaborations, or any recognition received. Consider linking to an online portfolio.

  • Healthcare Roles: Detail specific experiences with patient care, medical equipment, or any specialized training/certifications.

  • Sales & Marketing: Showcase achievements in numbers, such as sales targets achieved, campaigns led, or growth metrics influenced.

By tailoring our resume with specifics from the job description, we ensure alignment between what the recruiter is looking for and what we present.

Exporting and Saving Your Resume

Once we have fine-tuned our resume, the final step is to export and save it in a format that is widely accepted and professional. Here is how we can do that.

Converting the Content to a Document Format

While crafting our resume within a chat interface offers flexibility and rapid iteration, we need to transfer it to a more universally accepted format for applications.

  • Text to Document: Copy the finalized content from ChatGPT’s responses and paste it into your favorite word processor, such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs.

  • Formatting Adjustments: Ensure that during the transfer, no formatting inconsistencies have occurred. Adjust headers, bullet points, and spacings as needed.

Regardless of the tool chosen, ensure the final export is typically in a PDF format. This ensures that the formatting remains consistent regardless of where or how it is viewed.

Conclusion and Next Steps

Together, we have embarked on a journey that transformed a daunting task – creating a professional resume – into a structured and interactive experience. We leveraged the capabilities of ChatGPT to:

  • Gather essential information, ensuring every critical component of a resume is included.

  • Craft personalized content for each section, from showcasing personal achievements to detailing professional experiences.

  • Style and format the resume to make it visually compelling and in line with industry standards.

  • Customize our approach to align with specific roles, ensuring we resonate with the exact needs of potential employers.

  • Export and save our work in universally accepted formats, ready to be shared and appreciated.

As we move forward, it is crucial to keep our resume updated, ensuring it evolves as we do professionally. This dynamic document is a testament to our journey and capabilities. With this newfound knowledge and a polished resume, we are all set to step confidently into the job market.

Here is to new opportunities and successes that lie ahead. Best of luck to each of us in our professional pursuits!

To learn more about using ChatGPT to develop your resume, check out this case study: Streamline Resume Creation with Generative AI Case Study.

To see what else you can do with ChatGPT (or generative AI in general), check out some of the topics covered in the articles located here: AI Articles.