If you’re looking for a job, your resume is the first impression. However, you know it should be customized for each job opportunity. But, that’s so time consuming and maybe writing isn’t your thing.
Enter ChatGPT, or any other AI writing tool assistant.
Remember, AI tools do have flaws. So, it’s important to review your results for grammar and typos, especially if your industry has unique words that could trip up AI writers.
3-Step Resume Process
This simple three-step process can be customized based on your industry, action words, and experience. The items in the brackets are to be replaced by your choice as shown below.
Step 1: Craft your resume.
Yes, you need to start with something before ChatGPT can work its magic. Indeed offers these resume tips for those who haven’t written one in a while.
Step 2: High-Impact Summary
Enter the following prompt into ChatGPT. At the end of the prompt, also include your existing resume summary.
Prompt: Based on this original summary, and the following resume, create an improved and high-impact summary for me. Include these action words [enter your action words], using data to support soft skills wherever possible, and optimize for both SEO and ATS keywords. [add your summary at the end of the prompt]
Choose action words to include in the prompt
expanded, built, conceived, developed, determined, initiated, publicized, directed, administered, advanced, installed, instituted, invented, promoted, led
Step 3: Experience Bullet Points
Feed the bot some details on the size and scope of your role.
Prompt: Using the data and numbers provided, create three to five concise bullet points for my roles at [employer 1, employer 2, employer 3]. Make sure that the numbers are tied to impact and be sure to always support any adverbs.
What’s an adverb?
An adverb is a word that modifies (describes) a verb (“he sings loudly”), an adjective (“very tall”), another adverb (“ended too quickly”), or even a whole sentence (“Fortunately, I had brought an umbrella.”). Adverbs often end in -ly, but some (such as fast) look exactly the same as their adjective counterparts.
Example: Consider that “hired a new team quickly” is not as powerful as saying you hired seven people in less than three months.
Step 1 – Resume: From Indeed, I’m using a bookkeeper resume template.
Step 2 – Summary: In ChatGPT, I used the prompt, choose my action words [expanded, administered, instituted], and entered the resume summary from the template. Clicked enter. Reviewed the results and tweaked it to fit my personality.
Step 3 – Experience Bullet Points: In ChatGPT, I used the prompt. In the employer brackets, I entered the name of the companies listed on the resume.
Example: Using the data and numbers provided, create three to five concise bullet points for my roles at [Chelsea Group, Smile Dentistry]. Make sure that the numbers are tied to impact and be sure to always support any adverbs. Then pasted my work experience at the end. Clicked enter. Reviewed the results and tweaked it to fit my personality.
Certified Bookkeeper with four years of experience in accounting and finance. Skilled in analyzing, verifying and preparing reports and following best practice accounting procedures.
As a Certified Bookkeeper, I bring a robust four-year track record in accounting and finance, demonstrating expertise in expanding financial operations, administering complex accounts, and instituting best practice accounting procedures. I am proficient in analyzing and verifying financial data, ensuring accuracy and compliance. My hands-on experience includes preparing detailed financial reports and working with diverse accounting software. I excel in streamlining processes, leading to a 20% increase in efficiency in my previous roles. My strong analytical skills, combined with a deep understanding of accounting principles, make me a valuable asset in managing and optimizing financial systems.
Experience Bullet Points Example
Chelsea Group, Staff Accountant Bookkeeper
Jan. 2021 – Current
- Analyze data from the general ledger system to prepare internal and external financial statements
- Use Microsoft Excel to verify the accuracy of information and develop detailed spreadsheets
- Record and analyze files to create entries for the general ledger
- Assess current processes and suggest improvements to adhere to industry requirements and client needs
- Evaluate financial data to support financial activities like mergers and acquisitions
Smile Dentistry, Bookkeeper
Jan. 2019 – Dec. 2020
- Reconciled bank statements with financial records to summarize banking and business operations
- Reconciled patient accounts and sent out statements to ensure the correct payment for services rendered
- Entered bills into the accounting system and wrote and sent checks to pay vendors on time
ChatGPT Bullet Points
Chelsea Group, Staff Accountant Bookkeeper (Jan. 2021 – Current)
- Streamlined Financial Reporting: Analyzed and synthesized data from the general ledger to prepare internal and external financial statements, enhancing the accuracy and timeliness of reporting.
- Excel Proficiency in Data Management: Utilized Microsoft Excel to verify information accuracy, developing detailed spreadsheets that improved data analysis efficiency by 30%.
- General Ledger Management: Recorded and analyzed files meticulously, creating accurate entries for the general ledger, ensuring a 25% reduction in discrepancies year-over-year.
- Process Improvement: Assessed and suggested improvements in accounting processes, achieving a 20% increase in compliance with industry standards and client satisfaction.
- Support in Financial Decision-Making: Played a key role in evaluating financial data, providing critical support in financial activities like mergers and acquisitions, contributing to a 15% growth in business opportunities.
Smile Dentistry, Bookkeeper (Jan. 2019 – Dec. 2020)
- Financial Reconciliation: Reconciled bank statements with financial records, summarizing banking and business operations, which led to a 10% improvement in financial accuracy and reporting.
- Patient Account Management: Successfully reconciled patient accounts and issued statements, ensuring accurate and timely payments, increasing payment efficiency by 25%.
- Efficient Bill Management: Entered bills into the accounting system and managed vendor payments, maintaining a 100% on-time payment record, which enhanced vendor relations and trust.
What do you think?
Creating a resume can be stressful. Reduce your stress with these tips to take your resume from drab to fab using ChatGPT.