How to write a resume using artificial intelligence
As a professional career coach I get hit up for resume reviews a lot. Unfortunately I hate reviewing resumes as much as you hate writing them. I’ve learned to say no to friends I love because after thousands of reviews just looking at resumes makes me grumpy af.
It’s mighty important that you get another set of eyes on your resume before you submit it. Feedback makes your resume better and helps you spot errors before you submit. But getting a human to look at your resume is tough. Professional resume reviews aren’t cheap. Not everyone can afford a career coach. Friends are a good for resume reviews but they get flaky and busy.
Thankfully, artificial intelligence is starting to deliver on its promise of making your professional life a bit easier. Now there new tools to help you improve your resume without needing a human. These tools use machine learning to help you write a better resume. In fact, these tools might just do a better job than me. They are incredibly thorough and they don’t get tired of giving you feedback. They also never get grumpy.
Below are three resume tools that use artificial intelligence to take your resume to the next level. I’m also including my favorite resources on how to write a resume from the best free content on the interwebs.
Shape Up Your Resume
AI can’t write your resume from scratch, yet. (though AI is now writing news articles, so maybe resumes aren’t too far behind) If you haven’t worked on your resume in a hot sec, you need to put in the human work to get it into shape. First, understand what the recruiter look for in your resume. The recruiter is going to spend less than 6 seconds on your resume. Here’s what they look for.
Next, watch a refresher on what you actually need to put in a resume to compete with everyone else. There’s going to be a lot of conflicting info on what makes a good resume. Don’t let that paralyze you.
For example, I will slap an objective and summary right off your resume if I saw it. I also think your resume shouldn’t be longer than one page. Not everyone agrees, including the woman in the video below. But I agree with 90% of what she says which is why I’m sharing it as a reference.
At this stage, focus on getting your resume into shape, not perfecting it. If you get stuck, go down the rabbit hole of YouTube videos on how to write a resume.
Next, get a resume a template. Save yourself from the hell that is formatting in Microsoft Word by using one of the two tools below.
Resume.io has a ton of updated templates. Grab one.
Or use leap.ai. They make it easy to fill in their resume templates while providing actual feedback (from machine learning!) on what you’re doing right and what needs improvement. Here’s what my resume draft looked like:
Looks like my resume draft needs some work. Even professional career coaches need feedback.
Then get a list of action verbs to write your bullet points. The Muse has a 185 of them to help you shape your experience. Learn how to use action verbs in your bullet points. This woman will sort you out.
Once you have that down, add metrics to your bullet points. Google has a fab video on how to do this, along with an article by Lazlo Bock
Read: My Personal Formula for a Winning Resume. You’ll learn the formula for taking bullet points to the next level.
Review Your Resume Using Artificial Intelligence
Now, we bring in the machines. You’ve done the ground work to get your resume up to speed. The machines will do the work to review your resume and give you feedback.
There are two very useful tools that will take your resume to the next level without needing a human. Use these tools together or pick one. Either way, they give you useful feedback to improve your resume.
The first is VMock, a program that combines machine learning and natural language processing to rate your resume and make improvement suggestions. Their powerful software helps you improve your wording and show results in your bullet points. Watch out though – only the first round of feedback is free; after that it’s a paid service.
The second tool is Jobscan. Jobscan helps you understand whether or not your resume communicates your skills and experience for the job you want. It’ll tell you whether or not your resume makes it past the ATS. The ATS is the software that evaluates your resume and gets you to the interview stage.
First pick a job that you want to apply to. Then upload the description to Jobscan along with a text version of your resume. Jobscan scores your resume and provides feedback on how well you’re communicating your skills and experience. You’ll also get ideas on how to improve your resume. There are no limits to their uploads.
Go beyond resumes and artificial intelligence
Once you’ve got a resume that can beat the ATS robots, there’s plenty more to do. After all, remote jobs are competitive. It takes more than a resume to stand out and get noticed in the remote job search.
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