Using Generative AI Tools for the Job Search

Generative AI tools can be very useful in your job search, but it’s important to know the strengths and limitations of the technology. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with the privacy policies for the Generative AI tools you plan to use and make sure you understand how the data is going to be used. Keep in mind that Generative AI tools are not a substitute for original work and your resume and cover letter documents should be accurate and reflective of your work and relevant experiences and skills.

As you’re working with Generative AI tools, keep these basics in mind:


Generative AI tools can create content or provide information that isn’t accurate. It is your responsibility to review the information Generative AI tools provide for accuracy.


Depending on how a Generative AI tool was developed and trained, it may be biased in the information it provides and not account for diverse perspectives.


Avoid putting any personal or sensitive information into the tool such as your name, phone number, address, linkedin url, etc.

ITS offers a generative AI platform available to all active U-M faculty, staff, and students on the Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn campuses and Michigan Medicine. These service offerings are equitable, accessible, and support everything from basic consumer usage to advanced research and experimentation. U-M GenAI services are covered by the ITS AI Services Privacy Notice.

Below are sample prompts you can use in Generative AI tools for your job search. These prompts are meant to give you a starting point. Adding more specifics or follow-up questions can help refine the output that Generative AI gives. Be sure to edit for accuracy all content provided by Generative AI tools. Note that Generative AI can lack the nuanced understanding of word choice and tone, especially when writing personal messages like emails. Always critically evaluate the content and ensure that the tone is respectful. In the prompt, it can be helpful to provide the tool with additional context and use descriptive words like professional, simple, direct, friendly, polite, etc, to describe the desired output. 

  • Given the job description below, provide a concise bullet point list of areas I could improve in my resume.

My resume: [insert resume]

Job description: [insert job description]

  • Review the resume I provided for repetitive words, personal pronouns, grammatical errors, and spelling errors. Provide me with a comprehensive list of all errors.
  • What details can I include to strengthen this resume bullet point [bullet point] based on the following job description: [insert job description]
  • *Edit the following bullet points on my resume to include more detail and transferable skills. An ideal bullet point would include action, context, and a result or goal. [Copy and paste relevant section on resume, including job title and current bullet points.]

*Please make sure you’re editing for accuracy 

  • This is my current cover letter: [insert cover letter]. Please suggest 5 ways I could improve my cover letter for the following job: [insert job description]

 *Please make sure you’re editing for accuracy 

  • Given the following Linkedin profile, write a 6 sentence email requesting a short meeting to learn more about their career path. Include that I’m a current student at the University of Michigan studying [Your Major] and that I’m interested in working as a [Role Name] role after graduation. The tone of the email should be friendly and respectful. Include a timeline for follow-up if they’re busy
  • I’m an undergraduate student trying to figure out my career path. Please generate 10 questions for the following LinkedIn profile that will help me learn about their career path and get some career advice. [insert Linkedin Profile]  
  • Given my major in [Major] and my interests in [insert specific interests/industries/skills], generate 10 career paths that would be a good fit for my skills and interests.

What are five questions I should ask in an informational interview with a [position title]?


Compare the following resume to the job posting provided below. My goal is to identify discrepancies and areas where the resume could be improved to better match the job requirements. After reading both, please:

  • Highlight the key qualifications and skills the job posting is looking for.
  • Identify which of these qualifications and skills are present on the resume.
  • Suggest which experiences or skills from the resume should be emphasized more strongly to align with the job posting.
  • Recommend additional qualifications or experiences that could be added to the resume to make the candidate a stronger fit for the position.
  • Offer any specific wording or phrasing changes that could enhance the resume’s impact.

Job Posting: [Insert detailed job description here, including responsibilities, required skills, qualifications, and any preferred attributes.]

Resume: [Insert the text of the resume here, or describe the main points if the resume is in a non-text format.]

  • Given the following job description, provide 10 sample technical/behavioral interview questions related to the role: [insert job description]
  • Can you provide an example STAR interview response to this question “Interview Question”  given the resume I provided?
  • Given the following job posting, provide 5 example questions I could ask the interviewers at the end of the interview to learn more about the role. [insert job posting]
  • Provide example questions to ask in an interview that would help me learn more about the organization’s work culture. [insert job posting or content from company website]
  • Write a 5 sentence friendly and respectful thank you note email to the [Company Name] interview team incorporating the information from the internship posting below. [insert job posting]