If Prospective Employers are using AI, Why Aren’t You?

You don’t need to be a programmer to use AI for streamlining your job search, cutting through the complexities of job applications, and making the job search less of a full-time job. These statistics should boost any reluctance you have to put your toes into the AI waters: 7 in 10 job seekers who use ChatGPT saw a higher response rate from hiring managers (78% secured an interview, and 59% went on to get hired). Here are some suggestions for using AI to rev up your job search:

• If you can’t afford a certified professional resume writer, AI programs like Kickresume, Rezi, and Skillroads will do the heavy lifting for you.

• AI job matching platforms like Talentprise and Fortay match you with job listings likely to be a good fit based on your skills, experience and what you’re looking for in a company or position. If you’re looking for a remote position Pyjama Jobs is a good option.

• Resume optimization tools like Jobscan and SkillSyncer can ensure that your resume makes it past discerning ATS algorithms and into the interview. These tools compare your resume, cover letter, and even LinkedIn profile against the keywords found in the job listing you select. They rate how well your resume matches with the role and offer suggestions for how to better optimize your resume for each job.

• Dread doing that required cover letter? AI-powered cover letter generators like Kickresume and CoverDoc.ai make the process a whole lot faster and easier.

• GPT Google Sheets add-on gets even the most networking-evasive job seeker reaching out to decision makers. It generates personalized outreach messages en masse by simply inputting a list of recipients and some basic information about each person (e.g., their name, job title, and company). The tool then generates a unique message for each person based on this data.

• Zapier can connect your Gmail inbox with GPT to automate bespoke emails. You can use AI to generate unique follow-ups, thank-you emails, and other job hunt responses you frequently need.

• Dreading that upcoming interview? If engaging a Certified Professional Career Coach is out of your budget, AI-powered interview coaching tools like Interview Warmup from Google can help you practice and get feedback in a low-stakes environment. These tools simulate a real interview and give you personalized feedback based on your responses. It can help you identify areas where you need to improve, like body language, tone of voice, or specific interview questions you struggled with. By practicing with these tools, you’ll feel more confident and prepared for those higher-stakes real interviews. You’ll also have a better sense of what to expect, which can help calm your nerves and let you focus on nailing that first impression.

• Once you’ve landed a job offer, be sure that the value you bring to the employer’s table is commensurate with the salary you’ve been offered. AI-powered compensation tools like Payscale analyze data from thousands of job listings and salary surveys to provide you with an estimate of what you should earn based on details like the job title and your experience, education, and location and give you confidence in negotiating your worth.


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Garrison Leykam is a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC), Certified Chat GPT Prompt Engineer, and author of AI Powered Job Hunting. He is passionate about helping individuals achieve career success and navigate the ever-changing job market. Garrison is ranked in the Top 6 Thinkers360 list of Generative AI thinkers. With a deep understanding of AI technologies and their impact on the workforce, Garrison brings a unique perspective to the field of job hunting.

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