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The Pros and Cons of Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Job Applications

There are many benefits and drawbacks of using AI in the job market, especially for job applications. Find out how you can leverage this tool to create a memorable, unique, and personal job application.

18/06/24 News

While Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around for a while, it’s no longer a tool just used by programmers and IT experts. In the last few years, it has become widely adopted by the average individual to help them with just about anything. From reports, to emails, to scheduling and sorting, and even job applications, AI has made it easier than ever to access unlimited content at the touch of a button. But what is the cost of this new digital mastermind? Particularly on the job market?

The benefits of AI for job applications

Efficient and effortless

Perhaps the most handy and useful features of AI are its speed and ease of use. With a few simple commands or even just a copy and paste, AI can produce a finished product. This can be incredibly valuable, and a big time saver for job applications, which previously could take hours to write and submit. AI can write and rewrite cover letters, resumes, personal statements and more, strategically highlighting the keywords and criteria to provide you with a tailored job application.

Polished and professional

For those of us that struggle to craft a compelling and engaging job application, AI can be your writing wingman. From proofing your work and checking your spelling, to creating a clear and concise structure and even suggesting improvements to your content, AI can bring a polished and professional edge to your work.

Initiate and ignite

Sometimes starting a job application can be the hardest part. AI can easily help to create ideas, provide you with content options and lay out an easy structure for you to follow so you no longer need to stare at a blank screen scratching your head!

Breadth and broadness

The power and features of AI are incredibly broad and can do far more than just write job applications. AI can be your digital recruitment assistant and can help with:

  • Conducting virtual mock interviews.
  • Preparing for common interview questions.
  • Searching for missed or hidden job opportunities online.
  • Creating a schedule with reminders for job application deadlines and interviews.
  • Connecting you with relevant professional contacts.
  • Suggesting relevant jobs or industries with skill shortages and providing training or qualifications available to break into these industries.

The shortcomings of AI for job applications

Passing up personality

One of the biggest drawbacks of using AI for job applications is the lack of personalisation and the generic nature of the content. While AI is very advanced, it doesn’t know your personality or nuances, and can’t bring that human touch to your work. This is a major pitfall for using AI, especially for job applications as employers are looking for a level of effort, care and consideration put into your submission.

Employers are also becoming savvy at checking for AI generated applications. There is now free software available that can determine the level of AI content. As well as this, if users simply copy and paste the job description to create their submissions, this can lead to multiple identical applications, making it easy for employers to identify unoriginal content.

Irrelevant and inaccurate

AI generated content will may not align to the direction or tone you are needing for your job application. The content can focus on the wrong areas, have incorrect prioritisation of skills or experience, and miss key topics you want to include.

AI can also misrepresent your skills and experience. While everyone wants to put their best foot forward for job applications, AI generated content can take that too far, embellishing or inflating your expertise, work history and qualifications.

Data driven

AI generated content output is only as good as its input. AI relies heavily on the data, commands, and information it is given to produce the best and most accurate material. If the data is biased, outdated, or inaccurate this will greatly compromise the validity of the content.

The quality of content that AI can produce is limited to the user’s ability to provide clear instructions and understand and utilise the tool’s features. Whilst simple commands can be easy for most people to grasp, if users want to delve deeper into training and customising their AI tool, it can get quite technical and complicated.

Key Takeaways

Currently we have only skimmed the surface of the abilities and power of AI. Whilst the scope is still evolving, It’s a tool that is certainly here to stay and will only become further intertwined in our professional and personal lives. As it’s been said, “with great power, comes great responsibility,” and AI is no exception.

Users need to do their due diligence to understand this tool, how to use it and when to use it. However, there is no reason why AI can’t and shouldn’t be utilised to help with job applications.

Here are some ways you can safely use AI for job applications without compromising your authenticity:

  • Practise privacy – Not all AI software is secure, and scam sites exist. You may not know who can see the information you enter so only copy or input general or non-identifiable parts of your job application. Don't forget to leave out any personal details like your full name, contact details and the name of the business you’re applying to, in order to protect your confidentiality. You’ll never need bank or credit card details in a job application, so if a site suggests entering them its most likely a scam. Copy the AI-generated text into a Word document and add in your personal information then.
  • Use it as starting point –AI is a great way to break the ice and provide direction. Use AI to kick start your ideas and get you on the right track.
  • Bring that human touch – Put your own spin on it and bring some personality to your job application. Think about how you speak, the words you use and the way you can make it your own. Employers want to get to know you after all.
  • Be honest - Honesty and transparency are always the best policy. Make sure your application is an accurate reflection of yourself and your experience. Remember, you want to start your potential new employment off on the right foot.
  • Check the facts – Make sure you are comfortable and confident with the content of your job application. Double check the data that you input and make sure it is up to date and accurate.
  • Proofread- Always read through AI generated content meticulously. Depending on the program, AI content will often use American spelling or phrases that aren’t common locally. If you don’t use or understand the words, then delete or replace.
  • Use AI detection tools – If you think your application contains too much AI content run it through free tools like QuillBot, which will give you a percentage of AI generated vs human written content. There are also plenty of paid plagiarism and AI detection tools you can find online.

Remember, AI is there as a helping hand, not as a quick fix. Don’t make the mistake of submitting an AI generated job application without editing and putting your own spin on it first. Generic AI applications will likely hinder your chances of progressing and may never see the light of day. Take the time to understand the industry, company and job requirements and use AI to help you craft an engaging, professional, and personal submission.

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