How ChatGPT Can Help You Find a Job

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Published: 12.10.23

The UK’s job market is dynamic and continually evolving, but recent technological advancements have transformed the way people look for jobs. Among these advancements, artificial intelligence (AI) has taken centre stage, offering job seekers powerful tools to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of employment opportunities.

ChatGPT, an advanced AI language model developed by OpenAI, is a conversational tool which is popularising in the UK job market. According to CV- Library, 42.7% of job seekers intend on using ChatGPT as a tool in their next job search, with 63% of people saying they don’t think it’s misleading employers. With that in mind, we take a look at how ChatGPT can enhance your job search and explore the potentials flaws in using the AI generated tool for job hunting.

How ChatGPT can enhance your job search

Personalised CV and cover letters

One of the most critical elements of a successful job search is a well-refined CV and cover letter. ChatGPT can help you to clearly define the relevant skills and experience you have acquired on your CV. You can input your qualifications and experience, and ChatGPT can generate a CV in a desirable and legible format. Similarly to generating CVs, the tool can take data inputted into the software and write a cover letter, personalised for each application. This level of customisation can significantly increase the chances of getting noticed by hiring managers, and interestingly, around 41% of people said this is their intention for using ChatGPT in their job search.

Interview preparation

Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, but ChatGPT can support job seekers by providing comprehensive interview preparation. You can simulate interview scenarios, technical and behavioural questions with ChatGPT, receiving feedback and tips on how to answer common interview questions effectively for your target role. This practice can boost interview confidence and improve overall performance when facing real hiring managers.

Researching companies and industries

Successful applicants understand the importance of researching potential employers and industries thoroughly before interviewing. ChatGPT can act as a research assistant, helping you gather information about companies, industries, and market trends. Armed with this knowledge, you can engage in more informed conversations during interviews.

Soft skill development

ChatGPT is a valuable resource for acquiring new soft skills or enhancing existing ones. In today’s technology labour market, transferable skills are in high demand, so learning problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills to boost your existing experience is a great way to stand out from your competition. ChatGPT can act as an on-demand virtual mentor, providing explanations, tutorials, and practice exercises to help you stay competitive in the dynamic job market.

What’s the downside of using ChatGPT in your job search?

Outdated information

Currently, ChatGPT is only able to extract data from before September 2021, making it outdated in certain contexts. Premium users have access to the version which uses Microsoft Bing, resulting in more up to date information, and it will be rolled out to other users imminently. With ever-changing job market dynamics and trends, the information used to support your job search may be outdated.

Risk of bias

ChatGPT may inadvertently perpetuate biases present in the data due to influenced algorithms, leading to potentially biased advice or recommendations in the job search process. Therefore, it is always recommended to conduct data cleansing, or check facts before submitting your CV, cover letter for an application, or attending an interview.

AI can’t replace human support

Job searching can be a stressful and emotional process. Although ChatGPT can offer information and guidance, it cannot provide emotional support or empathy like a recruitment consultant can.

Limited networking assistance

Networking is a crucial aspect of the job-hunting process, as they say, it’s who you know not what you know. AI may not provide the same level of networking opportunities or introductions that human connections can offer. Attending events, connecting with influential contacts in the technology industry, or speaking to a recruitment consultant is still recommended during your job search (and going forward) to maximise your connections and get the most out of your career.

Key takeaways

ChatGPT has revolutionised the way we look for jobs, offering a wide range of tools and resources to make the process more efficient and effective. From personalised application materials to interview preparation, ChatGPT is transforming how people approach their job search in the UK. Statistics gathered from CV-Library’s recent study indicates that more and more job seekers are intending on using AI generated models to enhance their job search.

However, it’s important to tread carefully. Along with many other downsides, ChatGPT can often provide outdated information, inadvertently insert biases and can’t provide emotional support or empathy like a human could. Whilst it’s a great tool to support your job search, it’s advised to still contact your recruiter for professional support and help maximise opportunities.

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