AI Written Resume

Why it’s Silly to Rely on AI-Generated Resumes

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become embedded into many areas of our lives and can make it easier and less time consuming to undertake tasks on which we would prefer to spend less time. Many people think that writing a resume is such a task. Using AI to generate your resume can initially seem like a smart. AI offers the convenience of not having to do it yourself and should make the task of writing your resume more efficient. But purpose of this blog article is to explain why it might not be the best decision to rely on AI to create your resume. Let’s examine the reasons why writing resumes yourself is still the best choice.

No Competitive Advantage

After the infamous full-body LZR swimsuit that led to an avalanche of world records at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games was banned, Speedo began a four year quest to produce its Fastskin 3 system. All this effort and money was invested to enable swimmers to go faster. All well and good. However, the main problem is that if something is widely available, any initial competitive advantage is quickly lost. Because top ranked swimmers had access to them, the new suits did not provide a competitive advantage. It just enabled everyone wearing one to swim faster.

The same applies to AI. Because it’s readily available, AI doesn’t provide job seekers with a competitive advantage. So, if you are using AI to write your resume, you have no edge over your competitors because everyone can use it.

Generic Language

AI-generated resumes often contain generic language and all the “right words” that could apply to anyone in a particular field. The purpose of a resume is to differentiate yourself and put your unique stamp on your career. Generic language doesn’t help you achieve that.

For example, AI might include “strong analytical and problem-solving skills” in a resume, but it can’t provide substantive examples that demonstrate these skills. AI-generated resumes can sound like a job description containing general words without tangible supporting evidence. Remember, AI can only dredge up what it finds on the internet. And that gives you precisely zero benefit.

No Personalization

AI-generated resumes lack the personal touch that human writers bring. An AI-generated resume cannot talk about the specific job for which you are applying or the skills and experience you have that are relevant to that role or your specific achievements.

Unnatural or Awkward Language

AI-generated resumes can contain awkward sentence constructions and wording. Because they are rooted in machine learning algorithms, AI-generated documents are trained on text datasets that may not comply with conventional grammatical standards.

Here are some examples of what AI can produce:

  • Disconnected phrases: “In my previous role, I increased sales and adept in Python.”
  • Ambiguous statements: “Experienced in tasks, I have done many.”
  • Overly formal language: “Utilised my competencies to effectuate revenue augmentation.”
  • Illogical sequences: “Fluent in English, Spanish, and JavaScript.”
  • Redundancy: “I am a person who is highly skilled in programming and also I have programming skills.”

AI is Detectable

Screening tools such as Sapling AI Detector and Copyleaks can delve deep into the text to identify language patterns, flag unnatural sentence structures, and detect plagiarised content. And, in many cases, recruiters and hiring managers don’t need the help of any tools: they just eyeball it themselves and know that the resume was generated by AI.

Recruitment Consultants might not like AI-generated Resumes

Here are some snippets of comments made by recruitment consultants.

“Many candidates have used AI to produce the final versions of their documents instead of using it as a starting point. It’s easy to spot when it’s been used. Because AI often generates language that’s unnatural, candidates should use their own tone of voice and their own words.”

“It can create overcomplicated and inauthentic language so that it doesn’t come across as genuine and lacks personality.”

“You have to back up what AI has said about you in your resume during interviews. I have asked applicants questions in an interview who couldn’t demonstrate the level of knowledge their resume purported they had.”

“I am looking for a person who will fit in with the team, the organization’s culture and the job itself. This means that personality is important. Many of the resumes I have seen that have obviously been composed using ChatGPT don’t reflect the person. They seem anonymous.”

Using AI requires Skills

If you don’t know how to use AI properly, it’s likely to produce a sub-standard resume. You have to feed whatever AI tool you are using information to create the content. If you don’t know what to tell it, you can’t build an interview-winning resume. And, that’s half the battle: what do recruiters and hiring managers actually want to see in my resume?

AI-generated resumes are created from pre-built templates and algorithms that sift through the available data. As a result, they can miss key differences in your inputs from the content they already have in the system. Therefore, resumes built by AI are often generic and don’t reflect your actual experience, expertise, achievements or contributions.

AI doesn’t Know the Audience

Most recruitment firms and many employers use applicant tracking software and AI-powered screening tools to manage applications for positions. However, it’s the people behind those technologies that make decisions about whether you progress.

AI can’t know anything about what those people want to see on your resume. It can only follow the rules set by the employer. This means that you must still heavily edit an AI-generated resume to incorporate what people want to see on your resume.

AI doesn’t know You

AI can’t know you or what you want in your next role. It can’t understand your personality or your motivators or strengths or how you approach problems or overcome challenges. It can only find patterns in data. AI can’t know what you actually did, how you might be more effective than other candidates, your unique value proposition, the impact you had, the significance of what you did or the value you bring. And, this is what recruiters and hiring managers want to know.

AI can create content based on what you have done, but it can’t configure the information in a way that’s relevant to the roles you are seeking. It can’t translate your experiences into achievements because it can’t ask you about what you achieved and it therefore can’t collaborate with you in expressing your achievements. It can’t give you personalized feedback and advice.

AI can make Mistakes

Because AI tools create content based on computer programs, they can’t know whether the content is correct. They are only generating text based on existing inputs and information. Therefore, the content produced might not be correct for you or might not be aligned with what employers want.

AI can’t reflect your actual experience, achievements and the value you added. It can’t know the challenges you overcame or the problems you solved or the issues you faced in each of your jobs.

Because your resume will be used by recruitment consultants and hiring managers as a basis for asking you questions during interviews, you will need to be confident that you understand every word AI has included in your resume.

From the Proverbial Horse’s Mouth

I asked ChatGPT itself to answer this question: what are the risks in using ChatGPT to write your resume? Here’s what it said:

Lack of Human Touch: While ChatGPT can generate text, it lacks human intuition, empathy, and understanding of nuanced contexts that are often crucial in crafting a compelling resume. It may not accurately capture your unique experiences, skills, and personality.

Generic Content: ChatGPT may produce generic or boilerplate content that doesn’t effectively differentiate you from other candidates. A resume needs to highlight your individual strengths and accomplishments, which may be overlooked by an AI without a deep understanding of your personal and professional background.

Misinterpretation of Intent: ChatGPT may misinterpret your instructions or input, resulting in inaccuracies or inappropriate content in your resume. It might include irrelevant or misleading information, which could harm your chances of securing interviews.

Grammatical Errors and Inconsistencies: While ChatGPT is proficient in generating text, it is not infallible. It may produce grammatical errors, awkward phrasing, or inconsistencies that could detract from the professionalism of your resume.

Confidentiality Concerns: Uploading personal information to an AI platform raises potential privacy and security concerns. While reputable platforms take measures to protect user data, there’s always a risk of data breaches or unauthorized access.

Limited Customization: ChatGPT may struggle to tailor your resume to specific job requirements or industry standards. Customization is key to demonstrating your suitability for a particular role, and an AI may not fully grasp the intricacies of tailoring content for different positions.

Lack of ATS Compatibility: Many companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to screen resumes. Content generated by ChatGPT may not be optimized for ATS compatibility, leading to formatting issues or difficulty in parsing important information.

Ethical Considerations: Using AI to create a resume raises ethical questions about transparency and authenticity. It’s essential to disclose if your resume was generated or heavily assisted by AI, as misrepresenting your qualifications could damage your reputation if discovered.

To mitigate these risks, it’s advisable to use ChatGPT as a tool for inspiration and guidance rather than relying solely on its output. Review and edit the generated content carefully, ensuring it accurately represents your skills, experiences, and career objectives. Additionally, seek feedback from trusted professionals or resume experts to refine your resume and maximize its effectiveness.

So, ChatGPT knows its own limitations. And, now you do too.

Are there benefits in using ChatGPT (or other AI tools) to when writing your resume? Of course there are. Just ask it and it will tell you.

In summary, although artificial intelligence (AI) can be helpful in many aspects of our day to day lives, resume writing is an area where human expertise and the human touch remain paramount. I can help you build a professionally prepared CV that highlights the unique combination of skills, experiences, achievements and attributes you bring to an employer. Make sure your resume stands out in a sea of AI-generated resumes. Get in touch.