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Should AI Write Your Resume?

Updated: Feb 6

AI - it’s all the rage!

Since the pandemic began, the tech landscape has exploded. Today, we can hold meetings that span continents on Zoom, save files to the Cloud, and have content written in seconds with ChatGPT. But, what about your resume?


If you’ve considered using AI to freshen up your resume, this blog post is for you!


Artificial Intelligence, commonly referred to as “AI”, is an incredible resource and growing rapidly in both uses and users. According to Reuters, ChatGPT, the popular AI bot from OpenAI reached 100 million active monthly users in January 2023, just two months after launch.1. ChatGPT draws from internet data and online resources to create a robust knowledge base and utilizes natural language processing to engage in dialogue with human users via chat interface. In our industry, the big question is: Should AI be used to write professional resumes?


There is no doubt that ChatGPT can produce a resume in seconds, but that does not mean it will paint the best picture of your professional experience or help you land your dream job.


While AI is efficient and humanlike in its communication skills, there are a few critical characteristics it lacks.



Human Element

AI can simulate human elements, but it is not human. It is a vast information center and can build a generic resume based on information you input but it doesn’t get to know you or ask questions to draw out important information. Those details are what make you stand out from other candidates and show a recruiter or hiring manager that you are the perfect fit for the role. In a list of ChatGPT’s limitations, OpenAI includes that “Ideally, the model would ask clarifying questions when the user provided an ambiguous query. Instead, our current models usually guess what the user intended.”2



Professional Experience

AI only knows what it is taught. It does not have personal or professional experience as a living, breathing human. Here at My Resume Team, we draw on more than 25 years of Human Resources experience which gives us a unique lens into what the hiring manager or recruiter is looking for when they view a resume.



Best Practices on Formatting & Readability

Did you know that the formatting of your resume can determine if your resume makes it to the recruiter or hiring manager? When you submit your resume in an online application, it goes into an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) which allows recruiters to organize candidate information and filter based on desired skills and/or experience. If your resume is not formatted in a way that can be read by the ATS, your likelihood of getting a rejection letter grows exponentially.


If your resume does make it to the recruiter or hiring manager, they will spend an average of 3-6 seconds to gauge if they want to continue reading. If your resume is not formatted to highlight crucial details related to the role, they will move on to the next candidate.



When is it appropriate to use AI on a resume?

Here at My Resume Team, we leverage AI technology to compare our professionally crafted resumes to job postings selected by our clients. This resource allows us to ensure our client’s new resume is optimized for applicant tracking systems (ATS) and highlights skills and experience relevant to their desired position.


If you are not willing to risk your dream job or next promotion and want to stand out in a crowd of generic resumes, a professional resume writing service is your best resource.


Citations:

1. Krystal Hu. ChatGPT sets record for fastest-growing user base - analyst note. Reuters. https://www.reuters.com/technology/chatgpt-sets-record-fastest-growing-user-base-analyst-note-2023-02-01/

2. Introducing ChatGPT. OpenAI. BlogPost from November 30, 2022. .https://openai.com/blog/chatgpt

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