Since it was released in November, office workers have been wondering whether their jobs will be replaced by it. Some have, in the meantime, experimented with how they can use it to get ahead.
Four people spoke with Insider about how they used it to do their jobs better and make more money.
Jasmine Cheng is a former Amazon recruiter who recently set up her own firm in engineering and healthcare recruiting. She was looking at startups whose employees could be good job candidates for her clients and asked ChatGPT to list companies according to criteria around industry, number of employees, and location, among other things.
She then feeds the list into a complex keyword-searching strategy called a Boolean search string.
"Before using ChatGPT, it took me a long time — around 15 hours a week — to manually put together lists that matched my criteria. Now, I only spend roughly five hours a week making lists," she said.
After 23 years in the business, Randy Baruh, a broker for luxury real estate in New York City, considered writing the listings for each property a "chore" that could take several hours.
Each one had to convey "all the bells and whistles of the property, including the amenities, the location, and the proximity to anything of note to draw people in," and be optimized for Google searches, he said.
His team used ChatGPT to write one, and though it had to be reviewed to correct factual errors and remove repetition, Baruh said the search-engine optimization ensured it reached a lot of people. The property quickly sold for 10% above the listing price.
"It's become my go-to resource," Baruh said. "I've found that it puts a fresh take on descriptions and dramatically streamlines the process of writing them, allowing us more time to focus on other aspects of our business."
Ihor Stefurak wanted to build an invisible artificial-intelligence assistant for Chrome, with which a user could type "/ai prompt" in any text area of a website, followed by a prompt to ChatGPT, and receive the bot's response in that text area. He had no background in programming and had never made a Chrome extension. So he used ChatGPT to work on the coding. He called it his "chief technology officer."
When it was ready, he allowed people to preorder the extension and received $1,000 worth of orders within 24 hours. Within three weeks, he sold it for thousands, his fastest launch to exit.
"A human developer could have undoubtedly built this faster and better, but the idea here is that I'm not a developer and still managed to create this," he said.
Teresha Aird is a cofounder and the chief marketing officer of Offices.net, a nationwide office-space brokerage. A mother of two with a busy job, she struggled to find a good work-life balance.
She said she found the paid version of ChatGPT useful for "answering low-stakes queries on the fly" that she previously had to answer by accessing her database at work or via other research.
"If I'm away from the office and receive common questions from clients or tenants about properties or listing locations, I can easily input their questions and receive satisfactory answers," she said.
She added: "It also helps me answer client questions in a contextually appropriate way and has afforded me more time to concentrate on my kids' extracurriculars or help them with homework."