Navigating the maze of student resumes is not a small feat. It's a challenge career services professionals face more frequently than getting their name on the Starbucks cup right.
Here, you don't have a professional experience section to expound or review. A few might have internships, but that's about it. What does that leave you with?
That's right - academic projects, extra-curricular or co-curricular activities, and everything else that can't be placed in a formal section.
As a career services professional, you might have a trusted process in place, probably derived from a wealth of experience in reviewing and refining these critical sections.
However, we are aware that the challenge here lies in the sheer volume of resumes to review, not to mention the diverse background for every student. This adds another layer of complexity to the whole process - behind each paper/file is a unique student, with distinct majors, dreams, and quirks.
Ever found yourself wishing for a super assistant right about now?
Guess what? You've got one.
ChatGPT - a trusty sidekick, that can complement and offer tailored insights for each project and co/extracurricular activity in all the resumes with unprecedented ease and prowess.
Read on to get in-depth insights on how you can leverage ChatGPT to review and refine students’ resumes - specifically the project and co/extracurricular activities sections.
ChatGPT for Career Services - Why and How
ChatGPT is an advanced language model developed by OpenAI. It can generate a multitude of written content - coherent and contextually relevant - by tapping into the entire gamut of human knowledge.
From answering queries and providing information to generating creative content, ChatGPT showcases the potential of state-of-the-art language models in enhancing human-machine interactions.
It leverages the power of natural language processing and artificial intelligence to process and comprehend complex language structures, making it a great tool for career services professionals. In addition to a host of other benefits - that we cover in our ongoing series focussing on AI for CSPs or career services professionals - it can help your team in reviewing and refining key resume sections pertaining to academic projects, co/extracurricular activities, etc.
- Efficiency and Volume Handling: Since ChatGPT excels in efficiently processing large amounts of text, you can review a sea of academic projects and extracurricular activities sections in half the time and effort. Its quick analysis allows for a more streamlined and time-effective review.
- Tailored Insights and Suggestions: With the right prompt, ChatGPT will provide you with highly tailored insights for each academic project and extracurricular activity listed in a student's resume. By understanding the context and nuances of diverse experiences, it offers specific suggestions to enhance the presentation of these sections. This personalized touch ensures that each student receives feedback aligned with their unique background and aspirations.
- Comprehensive Understanding of Language: ChatGPT's deep understanding of language nuances enables it to grasp the intricacies of academic projects and a diverse range of achievements. This comprehension extends beyond simple keyword matching, allowing for a more holistic evaluation of a student's contributions, skills, and the impact of their academic projects.
Basically, ChatGPT can augment your expertise by providing additional perspectives and insights, thereby enriching the overall quality of presenting the student’s contributions and achievements.
Consider it your genius personal assistant, with expertise and knowledge across diverse fields and subjects. Except it won’t ask you for a raise or PTOs.
In the initial period of its launch - as with the launch of, well, everything from the personal computer to the world wide web or email - there were some misplaced and misdirected apprehensions regarding the technology and its impact. While one may have had some initial doubts, it's obvious that it isn’t here to take over your jobs.
Far from it.
It's here to streamline your workflow and make your life easier. Let's see how!
The Art & Science of ChatGPT Prompts
How can you and your team make the most out of ChatGPT?
The only work you need to do is craft a detailed, context-heavy prompt that explains ChatGPT what exactly you want it to do for you.
In this case, you are asking it to review and refine the academic projects and co/extracurricular activities section of a student’s resume.
Here are some points you need to keep in mind while writing a prompt for ChatGPT:
- Give it a Persona: Start your prompt by infusing it with a role or personality so it knows the direction in which to proceed. For instance, prompt it to think like a seasoned career counselor, a professional resume reviewer, recruiter, etc. (as per your requirement) with X years of experience. This will ensure a more nuanced and context-aware response.
- Provide Clear, Detailed Parameters: Clearly define the student's goals, targeted industry, and specific roles. This ensures that the suggestions are not generic but tailored to the student's aspirations and academic background.
- Encourage Question-Asking: Prompt ChatGPT to ask clarifying questions. This engages the AI in a dialogue, allowing it to seek additional details and refine its responses for a more personalized review.
- Align with Industry Trends: Request insights aligning with the trends in the industry pertaining to the student. For instance, if the student has a business background, ask ChatGPT to review the section based on the resume standards, best practices and trends for that specific industry.
- Engage in a Dialogue: Consider the interaction with ChatGPT as a conversation. If you don’t like the initial response or if it doesn't fully capture your requirements, provide feedback, explain why you didn't like it, and prompt it to further refine the output. Regardless of the feedback being positive or negative, treat it as a collaborative process.
Let’s take a look at an example prompt that checks all these boxes.
"You are a seasoned career services professional with 20 years of experience. Your task is to review the academic project and extracurricular activities section of a student's resume aiming for a [enter target role] in the [enter target industry]. Your goal is to enhance the presentation, relevance, and impact of these sections. Suggest innovative ideas for making these sections resonate more with the recruiters ensuring clarity, coherence, and professionalism. Quantify the bullets under the academic projects section and highlight transferable skills that align with the student’s targeted role and industry. If you need more clarification to perform this task better, feel free to ask me any questions. The contents of the academic projects and extracurricular activities sections are as follows:
[Insert raw content for the projects and other sections here]”
Feel free to copy or tweak it as per your requirement!
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The Next Level: ChatGPT 4 for Career Services
We mentioned earlier how the default (free) version of ChatGPT, while groundbreaking in its innovation, is beset with a few limitations.
It's based on GPT-3.5, a text-to-text model with limited functionality and contextual memory. For $20/month, you can upgrade to ChatGPT Plus, which is based on GPT-4 - a multi-modal language model that can analyze text, images, and voice.
What sets ChatGPT-4 apart, you ask?
- Multimodal Capabilities: GPT-4 is a game-changer with text, image, and voice analysis capabilities. It interprets images in prompts, generates images via DALL-E, and engages in voice interactions using Whisper.
- Nuanced and Accurate Responses: OpenAI describes GPT-4 as 10 times more advanced than its predecessor, with approximately 100 trillion parameters, a significant leap from GPT-3's 175 billion, offering improved accuracy and coherence in generating text.
- Up-to-date Information Retrieval: Unlike GPT-3.5, which relies on pre-late 2021 data, GPT-4 comes with a 'Browse with Bing' feature, allowing access to the internet for real-time information retrieval, providing you with the latest information.
- Plugin Integration for Enhanced Functionality: GPT-4 supports plugins for enhanced functionality. From travel queries to PDF data extraction, these plugins can make your work even easier.
This means you can directly upload students’ resumes and ask GPT 4 to review and refine the academic projects and extracurricular activities sections.
In case you do decide to upgrade, here’s a prompt you can use to get your work done:
“Imagine you are a seasoned career counselor with a wealth of experience in resume reviewing, say, someone with 15+ years in the field. Your task is to provide comprehensive feedback and suggest improvements on the academic projects and extracurricular activities sections of the student’s resume which is attached as a PDF. The student's resume is aiming for a [enter role] in the [enter industry]. Focus on enhancing clarity, emphasizing achievements, and ensuring professional language use. Leverage the latest industry trends and standards to offer up-to-date advice and enhance the sections to reflect leadership, teamwork, and personal growth while aligning them with industry expectations. If you need more clarification to perform this task better, feel free to ask me any questions.”
To Sum Up
As you embark on the dynamic landscape of refining student resume sections with ChatGPT, envision it not as a mere tool but as your strategic companion.
It's the missing link that transforms the tedious into the tactical, granting you the freedom for personalized career counseling.
All you need to do is craft precision in your prompts, let ChatGPT be your ally, and witness the evolution of career services.
Replacing the human element in career services was never even a question. Rather, it's more about amplifying your existing expertise to redefine success for your team and students, one resume at a time.
If just the basic prowess of ChatGPT left you bewildered, imagine what would happen if a platform exclusively built for career services - with separate modules for your team and students encompassing interview prep, resume building, LinkedIn review, and more - is also armed with ChatGPT capabilities?
You don't have to wonder anymore. Simply choose a day and time that works for you below and allow us to demonstrate how a single platform can elevate the impact you deliver multiple times over. We address the limitations of ChatGPT through our platform via implementation of guardrails, data privacy norms, and much more.
Remember, it's not ChatGPT itself you need to be concerned about. Your students are already using it, so it's always better to stay a step ahead and implement systems to make the best out of it.
At the end of the day, it's just a piece of technology - history is littered with similar instances of groundbreaking advancements, and much more fascinating innovation is bound to follow.
So, what are you waiting for?