Fri. Sep 22nd, 2023
    Can AI Tools Help You Write a Job Application?

    Writing a cover letter can be a time-consuming task when applying for a new job. However, with the rise of AI tools like ChatGPT, this arduous process may become a thing of the past. According to a survey by FlexJobs, half of the respondents have either used or would consider using ChatGPT to write a job application.

    AI tools like ChatGPT can serve as a starting point for writing a cover letter by generating ideas and providing information. However, it is crucial to note that simply copying an AI-generated response into a cover letter is not advisable. The information may not be accurate, and it can make the letter sound generic and robotic. Recruiters may even have software to detect if applications have been written by a bot.

    On the other hand, ChatGPT can help create a structure for the cover letter, which is often one of the most challenging aspects. It can save time and provide relevant information based on specific prompts. Additionally, AI tools can help overcome writer’s block by analyzing job descriptions and suggesting skills and experiences to emphasize.

    However, there are limitations to using AI tools. The cover letter may lack personalization and fail to showcase the applicant’s personality, which employers often value. Furthermore, the quality of AI-generated content depends on the available data, and without sufficient context, it may result in general or vague ideas.

    Using AI tools like ChatGPT also raises ethical concerns, as it may be seen as cheating the hiring process or misrepresenting oneself. However, it is important to edit the AI-generated content to sound like the applicant, with tangible examples and genuine interest in the company.

    Ultimately, AI can be a useful tool in the cover letter writing process, providing ideas, structure, and help with overcoming writer’s block. However, it should be used as a starting point and combined with personalization and editing to create a compelling and unique cover letter.

    – FlexJobs survey
    – Keith Spencer, career expert at FlexJobs
    – Victoria McLean, CEO & founder of City CV
    – Bryony Stickells, co-founder of Jelli
    – Dado Ruvic/Reuters