How to write a CV using AI

In case you haven’t heard, artificial intelligence (AI) is the hot new thing. Chat GPT, Open AI, Google AI language module BARD. It’s all everyone seems to be talking about but for those of us still trying to get our heads around it, let’s start at the basics.

How to write a CV using AI

May 2023

What is AI?

AI, or artificial intelligence, is a technology that involves developing computer programs to perform tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as understanding language, recognising images, making decisions, and solving problems.

Chatbots and conversational AI have been gaining popularity in recent years, and OpenAI’s GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) models released recently, have been at the forefront of this phenomenon. Their programme has been widely adopted by businesses to create conversational agents, virtual assistants, and other AI-powered applications.

It all started…

… with the early days of computing, and the development of the first digital computers in the mid-20th century. These computers led to AI developing in the 1950s and 1960s, when researchers began to develop programs that could perform simple tasks and simulate human intelligence. By the 1990s, with the advent of faster and cheaper computers the AI research began to accelerate. By the turn of the 21st century, the world saw the emergence of machine learning, which enabled AI systems to learn from large datasets and improve their performance over time.

So what happens next?

As of 2023, Google have introduced their latest AI language model – BARD to compete in the rapidly growing industry, and already it has been used for a range of applications, including content creation, chatbots, and text-based virtual assistants and many other large corporations are developing their own AI models. Microsoft has integrated AI into its Bing search engine in a bid to challenge Google’s dominance of the web search market.

And this is just the beginning, it will continue to grow. Rob Towes writing for Forbes, 2023 writes “it is important to remember that the current state of the art in AI is far from an end state for AI’s capabilities. On the contrary, the frontiers of artificial intelligence have never advanced more rapidly than they are right now. As amazing as ChatGPT seems to us at the moment, it is a mere stepping stone to what comes next”. According to a report on the global AI market, by Gartner (a leading research and advisory company, 2021), AI technology is expected to reach $557 billion by 2024, with the largest share of revenue coming from AI applications such as natural language processing, machine learning, and computer vision.

There are some drawbacks

Despite its many advantages, there are also several limitations to the technology. At 99% accuracy the AI world is not perfect – yet. Some of these limitations include the lack of common sense, transparency, creativity, emotion and safety and ethical concerns. These limitations have the potential to hinder the performance and effectiveness of AI systems, especially in industries that rely on areas such as decision-making, healthcare, transportation, and finance.

But how can AI help you?

Out of the gate, AI may seem complicated and intimidating, and of course it’s not a replacement for the human brain, but it does have the potential to transform the way we live and work, with aspirations to make our lives easier and more efficient. This can be in small ways through creating content, supporting any writing tasks, help with exam answers and questions, produce unique artwork, create images from text, and providing answers to any questions you wish to ask of it- all giving you time back.

Top Tips for using AI to write a CV

So, if you have been tempted and don’t know where to start, we have listed some top tips for how to use AI to write a CV.

Writing a CV (curriculum vitae) can be a daunting task. It’s important to create a document that showcases your skills and experiences in a clear and concise way. However, finding the right words to describe your achievements and abilities can be challenging and this is where artificial intelligence can assist you.

       1) Identify your key skills and experiences

Before you start writing your CV, take some time to reflect on your key skills and experiences. This will help you to create a targeted document that highlights your strengths.

       2) Use AI to generate content

Once you have identified your key skills and experiences, you can use AI to generate content for your CV. AI can assist with generating ideas and phrases that accurately reflect your abilities. Simply input the information into the tool (consider Bard or ChatGPT) and let it generate phrases and sentences that you can use to describe your skills and experiences. You don’t have to use everything that has been generated (remember at interview stage for every example you have given on your CV, you should have an example of how you learnt and utilised the skill in your former employment, so don’t add suggestions that can’t match your real experience).

       3) Refine your CV

Once you have generated content for your CV, it’s important to refine it. This includes editing for grammar and spelling errors, ensuring that the content is clear and concise, and make sure to format the document in a professional manner. Your CV should read in a way that feels comfortable to you. Whilst AI can help with generating content, it’s important to review and edit the document yourself to ensure that it accurately reflects your abilities and experiences.

       4) Customise your CV

While AI can help with generating content, it’s important to also customise your CV to fit the specific role you are applying for. This includes tailoring your skills and experiences to match the job requirements, using a few keywords from the job description, and highlighting relevant achievements. AI can assist with generating ideas and phrases but remember it’s up to you to customise the document to fit the job you want. Once you are happy with the CV, you can use AI again to test whether it matches the description of the job by using both documents in an automated resume checker, this will score how well your CV matches the job description and can provide reassurance that your CV has a high chance of being read by the hiring company.

AI can be a helpful tool for writing a CV. By using it to generate ideas and phrases, you can create a document that accurately reflects your skills and experiences. However, your CV will still need the human touch, so it is really important to review and edit the document yourself to ensure that it’s clear, concise, and tailored to the specific job you are applying for.


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