With ChatGPT you can write a job application in less than 1 minute.
You just copy in the text of the job advertisement and your CV and ask it to write a cover letter. Voila! then you have an application in less time than it takes to make a cup of coffee.
But even if you save a lot of time, it's probably not worth the trouble, as the AI-generated cover letter will be so superficial and bland that it will go straight into the wastebasket. Because ChatGPT cannot perform miracles. It is just a tool, and you have to put time, energy and personality into writing a good job application.
On the other hand, with ChatGPT you get a combined search engine, spell checker and editor in one, and if you are the type of person who hates to express yourself in writing, it can make the whole process more palatable.
Here you will get a quick guide to start writing better cover letters in less time.
One of the tasks that ChatGPT is best at is reviewing large amounts of text.
You can take advantage of this by copying the entire job posting into ChatGPT and then writing: "Choose the three skills that I must emphasize when I write a job application for this job posting".
Of course, you also have to read the job posting yourself, but ChatGPT can make you aware of important information that you yourself have overlooked, and help you get an overview if the text is very long.
It is important that your application is targeted at the position. Therefore, you must have knowledge of both the position and the company.
Here, ChatGPT can save you the trouble of having to navigate around countless websites for information about the company's values, challenges, products and industry.
For example, you can ask ChatGPT:
The more precise instructions - also called prompts - you give, the better response you will get from ChatGPT. ChatGPT has a memory that enables it to take into account previous prompts, so you can continuously ask it to elaborate or phrase its answers differently if you're not satisfied.
A good prompt for ChatGPT includes:
It is important that you take a critical view of information from ChatGPT. Although they sound convincing, ChatGPT can "hallucinate" and fabricate facts. You must therefore verify information with a Google search on the company's own website or from other relevant sources.
Your own research is an important part of the job search process, but you should also always call the job posting to get the very specific details about the position that you can't find information about online.
Now you have to write your job application. It can be divided into three main elements: Motivation, professional skills and your qualities as (a good) colleague.
If you find it difficult to start writing, ChatGPT is a really good help because it can give structure and get some words down on paper. It is often easier to correct a text than to have to write it from scratch.
You can be motivated by many things, but it is not a good idea to mention the salary, the transport time or the possibility of flexible working hours. On the other hand, it is a good idea to either emphasize the company's value set or the tasks and professionalism of the position.
In either case, you can have ChatGPT write a draft for you with two prompts:
You can use the same model if you are motivated by the task of the position:
To write this section, you must use the knowledge you have gained through your research. It is particularly useful if you have also spoken to the employer and have received more information about the position. You can use this prompt to write the section.
In the job posting, you will be able to read which personal qualities are important in the job. You can use ChatGPT to list them by copying in the text, but only you know which ones you have. You must therefore be honest with the workplace and yourself and only select the qualities that really suit you.
You can have ChatGPT write a draft of the text with these two prompts:
Select the characteristics that suit you best and then write:
Once you have written your job application, you can copy the entire text into ChatGPT and ask it for feedback. Before then, you just have to remember to anonymize any personal information – it could be, for example, confidential projects from previous jobs or personally sensitive information.
You can use the ChatGPT to help you in the following ways:
You can ask ChatGPT quite openly: "What can I improve in my application" and get suggestions for changes. You don't have to follow the suggestions blindly, but it can help to uncover blind spots for you.
If you think your writing is boring or convoluted, you can ask ChatGPT to make suggestions for new wording. Ask ChatGPT to proofread the text in an informal, professional or humorous tone as appropriate for the situation. You can use the prompt:
Even if you don't have to write long reports in the job you're applying for, sloppiness and spelling mistakes in your application will drag you down. Ask ChatGPT to point out or correct grammatical errors with the prompt:
If you need to apply in a language other than Danish or English, ChatGPT can translate your job application. But be careful not to give the impression that you have mastered a language if you don't. It will be discovered at the interview or even worse – right when you have started.
It is important that the employer gets a feel for who you are as a person, and they cannot do that if ChatGPT has formulated all sections of your application. Therefore, review your entire text and add personal details. It can be, for example, examples of previous work or projects that demonstrate your skills and experience.
You can also customize the language to reflect your personal tone and style. Be sure to highlight why you are passionate about applying for this particular position and how your unique experiences and skills make you an ideal candidate.