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Job Search – Using AI to Help Your Job Search

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  1. Using AI to optimise your CV (resume)
  2. Using AI to generate cover letters
  3. Using AI to demonstrate transferable skills
  4. Using AI to prepare for interviews

1) Using AI to optimise your CV (resume)

You can use AI to help you with your job search. As mentioned in Job Search – Your CV & Cover Letter, many recruiters use “Applicant Tracking Systems” (ATS) which use algorithms to search your CV/resume for keywords to identify candidates with desired skills and qualifications. The ATS look for these keywords in CVs and filter out those which lack any of the keywords.

It is for that reason that your CV needs to be specific to the job you’re applying for because if you send out a generic CV then it may not even get read by a recruiter. You can get a good idea of what those keywords are by checking the job description, job overview and person specifications on the employer’s websites. However, AI can also help you.

Jobscan

Jobscan uses AI to optimise your CVs/resumes:

1) Upload your CV/resume

Screenshot one of Jobscan

2) Paste a job description, or use a sample job description

Screenshot two of Jobscan

3) Jobscan scores your CV and suggests improvements

Screenshot three of Jobscan
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2) Using AI to generate cover letters

In January 2023, I saw a job advertised on Indeed and decided to apply for it. It took me just a few minutes to update my CV, which I uploaded, and then I just needed to write a cover letter. I decided to find out what would happen if I asked ChatGPT, “Write a cover letter for a [name of job role that I applied for] job”. I copied it, edited it to make it more relevant to my experience, pasted that cover letter in the relevant section, and then submitted my application. Nearly two weeks later, I received an offer of a job interview 😊

AI can be used to generate personalised cover letters. These letters can be tailored to the specific job opening and the job seeker’s skills and experience. Below I have attached an example of a cover letter that ChatGPT generated for a Project Manager job. I asked it to “Write a cover letter for a Project Manager job for someone with little experience” (because most teachers won’t have had a previous roles as a ‘Project Manager’.

Screenshot from ChatGPT

It might be worth having a look at AI such as ChatGPT and Google Gemini (previously known as Bard) to get a template which you can adapt for your own use if you are stuck for ideas. The main advantage was that it was very quick… much quicker than spending hours searching for cover letters.

You can do the same for CV Personal Statements. Here is one I did using Google’s Bard:

Screenshot of Google Bard result
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3) Using AI to demonstrate transferable skills

Common questions asked by members of the Thinking of Leaving Teaching Group on Facebook relate to questions in job applications that ask them to outline their relevant and transferable experience of working in certain areas, for example:

“Outline your relevant and transferable experience of working in a demanding customer facing role.”

To help you answer these questions, you can use AI. For example, someone was asked this question when applying for a job in the local council as a Ceremony Registrar. I used Google’s Bard and asked the following question:

“If a teacher was applying for a job in the local council as a Ceremony Registrar, how would they answer the question, ‘outline your relevant and transferable experience of working in a demanding customer facing role?”

Question I asked Google’s Bard

Google Bard’s response:

A teacher applying for a job as a Ceremony Registrar could highlight the following:

  • Experience of working with a wide range of customers from different backgrounds and with diverse needs. As a teacher, they will have dealt with a variety of students from different backgrounds and with different abilities. They will be used to tailoring their communication and approach to meet the individual needs of each student. This experience will be invaluable in working with couples and their families on their special day.
  • Experience of dealing with complex and demanding situations. Teachers are often required to deal with complex and demanding situations, such as managing disruptive behaviour in the classroom, dealing with difficult parents, and supporting students with special needs. This experience will help them to remain calm and professional under pressure in their role as a Ceremony Registrar.
  • Experience of providing excellent customer service. Teachers are expected to provide excellent customer service to their students and their parents. This includes being responsive to their needs, being able to resolve problems quickly and efficiently, and being respectful and professional at all times. These skills are essential for a Ceremony Registrar, who needs to ensure that couples and their families have a positive and memorable experience on their wedding day.

In addition to the above, a teacher could also highlight any specific experience they have of working in a customer facing role. For example, if they have worked as a part-time receptionist or customer service representative, they could mention this in their answer.

Bard’s gave an example of how a teacher could answer the question:

As a teacher, I have extensive experience of working in a demanding customer facing role. I deal with a wide range of students from different backgrounds and with diverse needs. I am used to tailoring my communication and approach to meet the individual needs of each student. I am also experienced in dealing with complex and demanding situations, such as managing disruptive behaviour in the classroom, dealing with difficult parents, and supporting students with special needs.

In addition to my teaching experience, I have also worked as a part-time receptionist in a busy doctor’s surgery. This role has given me valuable experience of providing excellent customer service to a wide range of people. I am confident that my skills and experience make me an ideal candidate for the role of Ceremony Registrar.

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4) Using AI to prepare for interviews

AI can be used to help job seekers prepare for interviews. One free resource is an AI interview coach ‘Prepper‘ which was launched by Adzuna in June 2023. You simply enter the job title and get interview questions. If you wish, you can add the job description and the name of the company you have applied to.

Prepper

Screenshot of Adzuna Prepper

There are three levels of questions; easy, hard and pirate! I did this for my job title (Learning Technologist) and got the following results:

Easy

Question 1: “Can you explain what a Learning Technologist does?”
Question 2: “What are the key skills and qualifications needed for this role?”
Question 3: “Can you provide an example of how you have used technology to enhance learning?”
Question 4: “How do you stay updated with the latest trends and developments in learning technology?”
Question 5: “Tell us about a time when you had to troubleshoot a technical issue in a learning environment.”

Hard

Question 1: “Can you explain the difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning?”
Question 2: “How would you incorporate gamification into an online learning course?”
Question 3: “What strategies would you use to ensure accessibility for all learners in an online learning environment?”
Question 4: “Describe your experience with learning management systems and instructional design software.”
Question 5: “Tell me about a time when you had to troubleshoot a technical issue during a live online learning session. How did you handle it?”

Interview Tasks

As well as being able to use AI to search for interview questions, AI can also be used to find what interview tasks there may be. Someone in the Thinking of Leaving Teaching group asked about in-tray tasks that they were going to have to do in an interview:

Hi all,
I’ve applied for an Exam Officer role and they have told me that there would be a in-tray task as part of the interview. I did some research online but if I could have examples that would be really helpful. Did any of you move to a similar role? If so could you share your experience? Thanks for your help!

Someone responded with what they found using AI:

In-tray exercises for an exams officer in a UK secondary school might include tasks like:

Sorting and prioritizing exam papers for upcoming tests.

Responding to emails from teachers, students, or parents regarding exam-related inquiries.

Organizing exam schedules and ensuring they don’t clash.

Handling requests for special accommodations during exams.

Reviewing and updating exam regulations and policies.

Coordinating exam invigilators’ schedules and assignments.

Managing the distribution and collection of exam materials.

Preparing reports on exam results and trends.

Troubleshooting issues that arise during exams, such as technical problems.

Communicating with external exam boards and agencies.
These exercises assess an exams officer’s ability to efficiently handle various administrative and logistical responsibilities in a school’s examination system.

Presentations

AI can help you find relevant content for presentations and give you ideas. An online service called SlidesGPT not only finds the content but also creates the slides for you.

Here, I entered “Outline the key components of delivering a management technical skills development programme”, which was an example which had been asked in the Thinking of Leaving Teaching Group:

SlidesGPT screenshot

It created the PowerPoint presentation in less than two minutes. Here is an example of one of the slides, including notes:

Screenshot of one of the AI-produced slides

The PowerPoint can’t be saved as a PowerPoint file unless you pay $2.50. However, it can help by giving not only content ideas but also organisation of your presentation.

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