AI is a hot topic for recruiters – but not much has been said about how AI can be used to help job seekers. You might be surprised to learn just how many AI tools there are available to help you find your next role quickly and easily. You can use AI in your job search to not only find you roles but also to help you craft the perfect CV and cover letter and even act as your personal interview coach.
Pros and Cons of Using AI in Your Job Search
Using AI in your job search can save you valuable time and energy when hunting for a new role. It can also give you advice and support on how to best showcase your skills and shine at interview. In fact, a recent report found 70% of candidates who used AI to help them in their job search had higher response rates from hiring managers.
However, AI isn’t a magic bullet. There are dangers of relying too much on AI when you’re writing your CV. You should always review anything written by AI to make sure it sounds realistic, and that it accurately reflects your personality and your ability.
5 Ways to Use AI in Your Job Search
When you think about using AI in your job search, your first thought will probably be AI powered job matching tools, along with using generative AI like ChatGPT to help you draft your CV. Both approaches are a great start, but there are even more ways to use AI in your job search.
Automated Personal Approaches
Networking can be a surprisingly effective way to find new roles as well as make valuable long-term connections within your industry. But it can be time consuming to connect with people, especially if you want to approach lots of people at once. Luckily there are several AI powered tools you can use to make this process easier. One approach is to use an email generator to create draft emails making it easy to send personalised responses such as thank you emails or follow ups. Another approach is to use an add-on for Google Sheets that will take a list of contacts provided by you and generate personal emails to each one based on a prompt.
Job Description Analysis
Most recruiters and employers use Applicant Tracking Systems to screen applications and CVs and decide who gets invited to interview. ATS systems do this by searching your application for key words and phrases and matching them to the job description.
You can use AI to quickly parse job descriptions for keywords and responsibilities that can be added into your CV to make sure you are spotted by the ATS and secure those all-important interviews. Once you know your keywords you can even ask AI to add them into your existing CV.
Cover Letter Writing
The perfect cover letter is something many job seekers struggle with. Your cover letters must be tailored to each job you apply for which can be time consuming, and you must get across why you’re a perfect fit for the role. All in 250 to 400 words!
However, there are several specialised tools available that can quickly draft unique, personalised cover letters. You simply give the AI some basic information about yourself, the role you’re applying to, and the company and it will generate a draft ready for you to review and edit. If you have a preferred AI writing tool you can achieve something similar as well.
If you’re worried that your CV isn’t up to scratch, AI can help. Simply feed your CV into any generative AI, or use a specific CV optimisation tool, to get suggestions on areas you can improve. Suggestions like including measurable results, avoiding negative words and cliches and other CV writing tips.
Many tools can also tell you how much of a match your CV is to a specific role or job description, highlighting key skills employers are looking for and making sure you get through to the next round.
Interview Question Preparation
Having your own personal interview coach to walk you through common interview techniques and help you prepare for those tricky questions might seem out of reach but with AI it’s possible.
AI tools can act as an interviewer and give you specific feedback based on the answers you give. They can help you formulate examples using your own experiences and give you areas to improve on. They can even help with tone of voice and body language. Using AI as an interview coach can reduce nerves and make you more likely to succeed in a real interview situation.
The Best AI Tools for Job Seekers
There are lots of tools available and with a little searching you can easily discover how even the simplest generative AI can be used to help your job search. In the meantime, here are our top picks of AI tools for job seekers:
- GPT for Sheets – this add-on integrates AI with your spreadsheets meaning you can type prompts directly into Google Sheets, and the AI will use information from the spreadsheet in its responses. Perfect for networking and writing email responses quickly.
- Ai – this tool can use your CV or even your LinkedIn profile along with information about the role to create a cover letter tailored to you. It can even research relevant company news and statistics to add for an even more personal touch.
- Interview Warmup – created by Google this tool acts as your personal interview coach, giving you tips and advice on how to answer common questions and get comfortable interviewing.
- Kickresume – starting your CV from scratch? This tool uses CV templates alongside AI to help you create the perfect first draft for your CV.
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