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Don’t Be a Robot: The Do’s and Don’ts of Using AI in Your Job Hunt

Landing a job you love can be tough. Competitive job market? Check. Limited time? Absolutely.

Job site Indeed suggests applying to 10–15 jobs per week to maximize your chances of getting hired. But creating that many tailored CVs and cover letters and attending interviews alongside your existing work schedule and responsibilities might feel impossible.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) might be the answer you’ve been looking for. By using AI job tools, you can supercharge your job search and create tailored applications at the click of a button.

But with recruiters and hiring managers increasingly aware of AI, how can you use it in a way that helps – not hinders – your job search? Aidan Cramer, Founder and CEO at AiApply, shares the dos and don’ts of using AI to land your dream job:

Do: Use AI to tailor your CV & cover letter to each job role

Tailoring your CV and cover letter to each job you apply for is essential to job hunt success. To do this, you’d normally scan through the job description, note down the skills and experience required for the role, and tweak your CV to make sure it reflects them.

The problem? Re-writing your CV over and over is both tedious and time-consuming. Thankfully, that’s where AI comes in – by using AI tools, you can tweak your CV and cover letter to match a specific job description in seconds. Yep, seconds.

This means you can ramp up the volume of jobs you apply for, without scrimping on personalization. The result? You position yourself as the perfect candidate for the job and land way more interviews.

Don’t: Forget to proofread or add a personal touch

AI job tools are a great way to increase your productivity when it comes to job hunting, allowing you to apply for more roles, in less time. But that doesn’t mean you should rely on them entirely – AI excels at efficiency, but only you bring the personal touch.

Once the AI tool has drafted you a CV or cover letter for a new role, always check over it before sending it. You might find that you want to tweak the tone, add a personal story to your cover letter to show your passion for the role or industry, or simply inject some more of your personality.

Do: Ask AI to review your CV and suggest improvements

After staring at the same old document for hours on end, it’s easy to miss mistakes – even if they’re glaringly obvious. So if you’ve written your CV without the help of AI but need a second opinion or a proofreader that never gets tired, AI fits the bill.

By uploading your CV and cover letter to an AI tool, alongside a copy of the job description, you’ll receive instant recommendations for improvement and rid your application of any pesky typos or formatting errors.

Don’t: Trust AI more than your judgement

Ran your CV or cover letter through an AI tool and disagree with a suggestion they’ve made? Although AI is likely to be accurate when it comes to the basics, like spelling and grammar, their suggestions aren’t necessarily the be-all and end-all.

If you disagree with the tone they’ve provided or feel something comes across as inaccurate or exaggerated, trust your instinct and edit it back to what sits right with you.

Do: Use AI to practice job interviews

There’s nothing quite as nerve-wracking or intensive as a job interview, but like most things in life, practice makes perfect. Rather than making your friend or Mum sit through hours of mock interviews (which run a serious risk of just turning into a cup of tea and a chat session), why not use AI instead?

AI tools allow you to practice a real-time interview with an AI agent, and provide you with actionable feedback after each session. Even better? The interviews will be tailored to the job description you provide, meaning you’ll be 100% prepped when it comes to the real deal.

Don’t: Rely entirely on AI

AI tools provide a great way to practice for an interview but don’t forget the basics when job hunting. 

Before the big day, do some thorough research outside of your AI tool. Find out the company’s mission and values, take a look at some of their recent work or projects (if applicable), and have a look through their website and social media profiles to get a feel for the culture.

Make sure to read through the job description to analyze the skills and experience they’re looking for, too. Think about what makes you a good fit, and keep this in the forefront of your mind throughout the interview.

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By Aidan Cramer

Aidan Cramer is the founder and CEO at AiApply. AiApply is a job search tool harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to make it easier for job seekers to find their next career move. AiApply's mission is to provide 1-1 career consulting to 1 billion Jobseekers via AI assistance.

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