Resisting Temptation: The Top Four Reasons Not to Use ChatGPT For Your Resume
With the launch of ChatGPT, you could be forgiven for thinking that a perfect CV is just a few keystrokes away. The reality is, things just got a whole lot more complicated. Here are our top four reasons not to use ChatGPT for your resume and for not entrusting your career goals to AI.
You probably don’t need me to tell you that ChatGPT is unreliable but, in case you missed it or were hoping otherwise: ChatGPT is notoriously unreliable. ChatGPT is great when it comes to crafting eloquent prose with a sophisticated vocabulary and flawless syntax but that prose may also be meaningless and untrue. While this may change significantly over the next year or two, for now, any content generated by ChatGPT requires rigorous checking.
- Generic Content
ChatGPT can provide you with a CV outline and some well-written content around a specific industry or role title. Even with refined prompts, however, the content is so generic it can be practically meaningless and, potentially, inappropriate. There are, for example, significant differences between a CV written for the Australian market and one written for other markets, yet ChatGPT does not necessarily capture some of the most crucial variations.
In some industries and at some rungs on the ladder, the roles on offer are few and far between. Needless to say, competition is intense. In addition to not capturing some of the more granular details that make your value as a candidate obvious, an AI-generated CV may be denying you an opportunity to stand out in an ever-expanding pool of similarly qualified applicants.
- Changing Tides
Many HR Departments are already working with AI to streamline recruitment and are keenly aware of its drawbacks as well as its benefits. This is why standard hiring practices are likely to become increasingly hybrid, with candidates submitting short video interviews as well as written content as part of the application process. (See our AVI Interview Tips). What hasn’t changed is the ask: recruiters need to know what it is about your experience and expertise specifically that makes you the best candidate for the role. Now more than ever, a tailored CV capturing your unique value proposition will be essential both in itself and as a foundation document that allows you to showcase your best self, regardless of the application format.