Maintaining Your Authenticity While Using ChatGPT 

In today’s digital age, AI language models like ChatGPT have revolutionized various content creation and communication aspects. This includes rewriting resumes, crafting cover letters, and generating interview questions. 

While leveraging ChatGPT can significantly enhance these processes, it is crucial to maintain authenticity to ensure that your personal voice and unique qualities shine through. 

To support its Guides effectively, Crossroads conducts a monthly forum. This forum serves a twofold objective: first, to provide ongoing assistance to the Guides, and second, to keep them updated on the latest offerings by Crossroads while also seeking feedback on the prevailing requirements of job seekers. 

In a recent forum, participants expressed concern regarding the challenge of maintaining authenticity while utilizing ChatGPT as a job seeker. This post explores three practical approaches to help jobseekers preserve their authenticity when using ChatGPT for tasks such as resume writing, cover letters, and interview questions. 

1. Embrace Personalization and Context 

When using ChatGPT to rewrite your resume, remember that it is a tool to assist you, not replace your input. Start by providing clear and specific instructions to ChatGPT, ensuring it understands your background, skills, and achievements. Then, use your own experiences and voice as the foundation, incorporating the suggestions and improvements offered by ChatGPT to refine your resume. 

2. Infuse Authenticity into Your Cover Letter 

While ChatGPT can help generate content for your cover letter, adding your personal touch is essential. Begin by understanding the purpose and tone of a cover letter, and then use ChatGPT to outline key points or provide suggestions. Next, craft the letter in your own words, emphasizing your genuine motivations, experiences, and qualifications. This way, you maintain authenticity while leveraging the benefits of AI assistance. 

3. Incorporate Personal Insights in Interview Questions 

Generating interview questions with the help of ChatGPT can be a valuable exercise. Start by formulating a list of core questions that reflect your curiosity and align with the position you are applying for. Then, leverage ChatGPT to explore variations, alternative phrasings, or additional questions that could enhance your interview preparation. Combining your insights with AI-generated prompts ensures that the questions reflect your genuine interest and showcase your unique perspectives. 

Review and edit the output thoughtfully after utilizing ChatGPT for resume rewriting, cover letter drafting, and interview question generation. Read through the content and make necessary adjustments to align with your style, preferences, and the specific requirements of the job. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I like to use Grammarly to help with spelling and grammar. This editing process allows you to refine the AI-generated suggestions, ensuring they blend seamlessly with your authentic voice. 

In my experience, when I write a sentence or paragraph and have ChatGPT rephrase it, ChatGPT manages to convey the identical message in a more refined and eloquent way. I use the prompt “Rephrase the following sentence:” or “Rephrase the following paragraph,” followed by the sentence or paragraph I want to be rewritten. 

ChatGPT will provide some rewritten sentences or paragraphs to select from. I then go through my spelling, grammar, and accuracy editing process. I believe this approach maintains the most authenticity. However, there are other approaches which also preserve authenticity.  

“Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.” – Galatians 6:4 (NIV) 

This verse encourages us to focus on our journey and strengths rather than compare ourselves to others. It reminds us to be authentic and true to ourselves rather than trying to imitate others. 

While AI language models like ChatGPT offer valuable support in rewriting resumes, crafting cover letters, and generating interview questions, it’s crucial to remain authentic throughout the process. By infusing your personal touch, incorporating your own experiences, and reviewing the AI-generated content with intention, you can harness the power of ChatGPT while maintaining your unique voice and individuality. 

With the above strategies, you can confidently navigate the realm of AI-assisted content creation, presenting your best self to potential employers while remaining authentic. 

James is a highly accomplished leader in the manufacturing sector with over 30 years of experience. He has a strong passion for helping others reach their full potential and has dedicated more than 20 years to serving hundreds of people through coaching, consulting, and training. As a Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC) and Crossroads Career Board Member, James has been able to positively impact the careers of many individuals. He resides in Tampa, FL with his wife, Dr. Kim Moore, and together they attend Grace Family Church where they serve in the Career Ministry. Connect with James on LinkedIn at

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