Over the past year, fears around artificial intelligence have focused on two areas. On the one hand, the threat AI poses to millions of jobs. On the other hand, AI is expected to strongly impact the way we work. Although paradoxical, both of these views are technically true. A recent report from IBM clearly states that “AI will not replace people, but people who use AI will replace people who don’t.” IBM calls it “the era of the augmented workforce,” where human-machine partnerships will deliver exponential value in all facets of work. And you are concerned.
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An inevitable (r)evolution
According to the World Economic Forum, the evolution of AI will disrupt 85 million jobs worldwide by 2025. In return, it will lead to an increase in productivity by creating 97 million new roles in the process. Indeed, when looking for a job, generative AI can, for example, give a competitive advantage for applications.
An opportunity to seize for people looking for a job. But the risks and disadvantages must still be avoided. The first of these is that technology is used to reduce costs or eliminate personal effort. Potential employers will definitely spot applications that are a little too good to be true. It will therefore be necessary to exercise parsimony and intelligence.
Pros and cons
Below we give you some tips for get the most out of AI when writing the perfect application in order to gain real benefit and prevent a negative reaction.
AI could write the perfect cover letter
Although the place of the cover letter in the digital age is debated, a well-written and thoughtful personal introduction can make a big difference. Something to keep in mind is that hiring managers only spend a few seconds reviewing each application. Well-prepared candidates must therefore use all the tools at their disposal to stand out.
There are already AI-powered cover letter generators that integrate your skills and experience into the position for which you are applying. This in the style you choose, even offering to add a broader context and various information if this seems useful to you. Remember to review and approve each line. If there is an incorrect or misapplied fact there, your efforts will have been in vain.
AI can adapt your CV to context
While it may be tempting to send the same generic CV for each application, not adapting
your professional experience and your skills for the position for which you are applying, it is very likely that your application will be automatically identified and rejected by the recruitment services.
To avoid this pitfall, platforms powered by TPG such as Kickresume, Skillroads or Rezi exist. They summarize each stage of your career, your main achievements and other elements, to transform them into a completely new CV every time. Remember to review them carefully to ensure that the system has not assigned a key skill that you do not possess. Additionally, you can use platforms such as Jobscan and Jobalytics to evaluate the finished result against the advert you are applying to.
AI can speed up your applications
AI can save you a lot of time and effort by storing your CV and other information in a plugin, which, in turn, links to your chosen job search platforms (similarly way that payment data can be stored on an e-commerce platform). Several existing sites offer this service allowing you to save valuable time in your research.
Disadvantage: AI applications may lack authenticity
As with any emerging technology, there are flaws and risks to using AI in a job application. Applications enhanced by AI can give you a competitive advantage, but hiring managers are also increasingly adept at spotting inauthentic candidates who inevitably won’t have the nuance that a person would naturally bring.
This is especially true for your cover letter. So, if the text seems too robotic, the application risks being rejected, whether or not we suspect the existence of AI. Always try to infuse your own personality, rather than letting the AI do all the work.
Disadvantage: AI can make mistakes
AI tools are incredibly innovative, but they are far from perfect. Platforms are known to cite inaccurate or outdated statistics. You’ll need be vigilant and check the numbers or the facts provided by the platform.
Jobs of the future
Ready to put your cover letter and resume to the test? Browse the job board of the Journal du Coin to find the perfect opportunity, and check out the three listings below that resulted from it.
Expert Trainer Consultant – Cegid HR Ultimate / Boulogne-Billancourt
Cegid is an international group of more than 4,400 employees in more than 20 countries who support professionals in the fields of Accounting, Payroll and Human Resources, ERP, Taxation and Retail . Based on the Boulogne-Billancourt or Lyon site, you will join the Learning team within the HCM BU with the aim of train customers and partners to the Cegid HR Ultimate Payroll solution. You will carry out the construction and delivery of training courses and you will guarantee the satisfaction and commitment of customers and partners in their learning journey. More info here.
Accenture – IT Business Analyst for Financial Services (part-time possible) / Zurich
Accenture is a global professional services company. It offers leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. You want to support the complex transformations of our clients and contribute to the digitalization of the financial services sector ? This is what this Senior IT Business Analyst position offers you, among other things. You will work for one of the largest consulting and technology companies in the world. You will be part of our teams shaping the technologies of tomorrow. You will support our Fortune Global 500 clients in their digital transformation. Find the details here.
EY – Senior Analyst – Cyber SRCR / San Antonio
EY emphasizes high ethical standards and integrity among its employees and expects all candidates to demonstrate these qualities. At EY, you’ll have the opportunity to build a career as unique as you are, on a global scale, with the support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of yourself. And we rely on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for everyone. The full announcement is here.
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