We wanted to see if there were free tools available to help candidates become more efficient when searching for jobs. Although there are a huge number of AI tools available, we focussed on the areas that we believe can be the most time consuming and the areas where we believe candidates need the most support.
We didn’t want to just see what AI tools are available though, we wanted to see if they were actually any good. So we researched the best tool, took it for a spin ourselves, so we could offer a genuine opinion on how the tool works and if we think it would actually help improve the job search process for candidates.
Let’s get started and see if there are any AI tools that can helpy you land your next role... or at least support you in the job search process…
AI-powered tools can analyse your resume and provide suggestions for improvements. They can help you tailor your resume to match specific job descriptions, increasing your chances of getting noticed by recruiters.
Best tool available (that we could find): resume.io
Opinion: We spent a long time looking at different tools and this seemed to be the best free tool we could find. Although it’s great for layout - these tools don’t really save you time or add any value to your CV. We found that it’s essentially you just writing your CV on an online platform. If you select the option to upload your CV, it just pulls in the information and more times than not pulls in certain information incorrectly meaning you have to go in and edit. No doubt there is better paid tools out there, but as it stands the free tools we have seen aren’t really AI, they are more formatting tools. Our summary is… great for layout, but won’t actually write a CV for you.
AI-driven job search platforms can match your skills, qualifications and preferences with job listings, helping you find positions that align with your goals and qualifications.
Best tool available (that we could find): app.talentprise.com
Opinion: In theory this tool is quite interesting. Lot’s of articles and online resources highlight this particular tool as a great job matching tool. However, we’re not really sure what to make of this tool. You have to create a profile, which basically means re-writing your CV and then you are asked 24 multiple-choice questions to help find out who you are and what drives you as a professional. We’re not saying it’s not a good tool, but we are saying it might not get you what you want quickly and as it appears to be a relatively new tool, it may not be a tool that covers all industries and sectors at this point in time.
In all honesty, you may as well just stick with LinkedIn. LinkedIn is the best tool on the market when it comes to networking, targeted job suggestions and exposure to new and relevant opportunities.
AI chatbots and virtual interview coaches can simulate interview scenarios and provide feedback on your responses and body language. This can help you prepare for interviews and build confidence.
Best tool available (that we could find): Google Interview Warmup
Opinion: Give it a go, but it seemed very generic and basic in terms of questions. Honestly, the most beneficial way of preparing for interviews is by doing your research on the company and without sounding bias… working with a Recruitment Consultant. A Recruitment Consultant will be able to offer a huge amount of insight into the business, culture, people, the people interviewing and loads more relevant information.
So, yes there are some interesting AI tools available to help you get the best out of your job search, however, we’re not convinced that they are going to actually help you secure a new role… there will always be an important place for Recruitment Consultants and just doing the leg work yourself in terms of writing your CV, tailoring your CV and searching for jobs! From what we have seen, the biggest help that AI can offer is getting your CV well formatted… there is some real time saving potential there.
In summary, while AI tools can be incredibly helpful, it's important to use them as aids and not rely solely on them. Combining AI tools with traditional job search strategies, networking and personal branding efforts can maximise your chances of landing your next role.
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