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AI can be a plus in your job search

➔ As with everything it touches, AI is markedly transforming the job market. It’s understandable to fear such an impactful tool, but the bottom line is that no one – no one! – knows what the future holds for AI in the job market, the workplace, the economy, etc.

Will AI replace some human workers? Possibly. Will it replace you or your job? Probably not.


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Let’s not forget the poor bank teller. When ATMs burst on the scene around 1980, the doomsayers were lamenting that, in a few years, all the bank tellers would lose their jobs. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2020 there were approximately 472,000 bank tellers down only five percent from 1980. Most labor analysts attribute that decline to the emergence of online and mobile banking.


How to use AI in your job search

Rather than replace you, AI is a tool that can be used to augment and enhance your skills – especially as they relate to your job search. AI can analyze your skills, experience and interests to identify job openings that are a good fit for you. Armed with that information, you can incorporate your reconstituted abilities into your resume and cover letter so as to highlight them making you and your skills more relevant to whatever job you’re applying for. It can help you match your skills in the job descriptions that are being advertised.

AI also can help you prepare for interviews by finding relevant information about the organization at which you’re applying. Lastly, it can help you practice answering common interview questions and provide feedback on your responses.

Can AI be scary? Absolutely. Does it have to be? Absolutely not. If you’re finding AI scary or intimidating it may just be because you don’t know enough about it. Fortunately, with every passing day there is more and more information about AI: How it works; how it can help; and how you can leverage it for your own success. Success in your job search and beyond.



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