How to Use AI Tools to Master Your Remote (or Regular) Job Search

Are you tired of endlessly scrolling through job listings and submitting resumes without success?  Whether you are looking for a remote job or a traditional office job, you can benefit from harnessing the power of AI in your job search!  

Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the remote job search process and if you don’t learn how to utilize AI you may get left behind.  AI makes searching for a job more efficient and effective.  With AI you can increase your chances of getting hired and getting the salary your skills deserve.  

As a job seeker, it is also essential to know how hiring managers are using AI in the various stages of the hiring process.  Employers are using AI to screen you and determine your fitness for a job.  Understanding the tools they are using will increase your chances of successfully navigating the hiring process and landing a job. 

While for many there can be a bit of a mental barrier when it comes to AI, the rewards of efficiency, focus, and personalization can be worth it.

In this article, I will show you how AI is transforming the job search process and candidate selection.  If you are on the hunt for a remote job, I’ll show you how you can use the various AI-powered tools to land your dream remote job so you can live the digital nomad lifestyle.

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How to use AI tools to find a job

The various AI tools for job seekers can help you through every step of the job search process.  From searching for jobs to optimizing your resume, to practicing for your interview, AI can give you a leg up on other candidates.

Job search engines

AI-powered job search engines can assist job seekers in finding job openings that match their skills and qualifications.  These engines use natural language processing to understand what you are typing in the search box.  They also use machine learning to determine your job preferences and find the most relevant job listings and companies.  

Most major search engines are now using AI to help job seekers find relevant job openings.  They analyze your search queries, resume data (if you upload one), as well as your behavior (your mouse clicks, scrolling, and reaction speeds) to feed you job listings that match your queries as well as your unspoken biases.  Some of the most well-known examples include:

  • Google for jobs
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn
  • Glassdoor
  • Hired
  • Monster

Resume building and optimization

Many employers are now using applicant tracking systems (ATS) that screen resumes for keywords and synonyms to rank potential candidates.  This effectively weeds out applicants without the appropriate qualifications listed.  

AI resume builders can help job seekers optimize their resumes for applicant tracking systems so they remain in the top applicant pool.  

Some examples include:

  • uses AI to analyze resumes and provide personalized feedback and suggestions for improvement. 
  • uses AI to optimize your resume for any job, highlighting the key experience skills recruiters are scanning for.  You can compare your resume against a job listing to get a report on the match rate.  The tool then gives advice on changes you can make to optimize your resume for ATS.
  • uses AI to evaluate resumes and give feedback on how well a resume is optimized for ATS.  You can get actionable feedback on how to improve your resume’s success rate.
  • uses AI to create resumes optimized for ATS and tailored to a particular job posting
  • uses AI to create professional-looking resumes that will pass ATS and increase your chances of getting hired

Interview preparation tools

There are several AI-powered preparation tools available to help you practice answering common interview questions and improve your interviewing skills.  Some programs even provide feedback on facial expressions, body language, and nonverbal cues.

Google offers a free AI-powered interview practice tool called Interview Warmup.  The tool asks you questions that you respond to out loud.  Your answers are transcribed in real-time.  The AI then provides insights about your answers.  You can review the job-related terms you used, your most-used words, and the talking points you covered.  The Interview Warmup tool is best for jobs in data analytics, e-commerce, IT support, project management, and UX design but you can also do a “general” interview. 

MyInterviewPractice uses AI to simulate a virtual interview so you can practice answering questions and then get feedback on your responses. lets you practice interview questions and gain insight into what you need to improve.  Their AI-powered tool analyzes your spoken responses to provide feedback on word pace, hesitations, and word choices.

Personalized career advice and guidance

Companies like use AI to match job seekers with career coaches and provide them with personalized career advice and guidance.

How to use OpenAI GPT-3 in your job search

Many companies are building products and services for job seekers with the technology of OpenAI.  But there are also several ways you can also use OpenAI’s ChatGPT directly to assist you in your remote job search.  

Keep in mind that OpenAI is a research organization and its services may not be directly accessible in the future.  You’ll also want to make sure that you edit any content ChatGPT generates to make it sound more human and more like you.  Use it as a starting place to spark your creativity, increase your efficiency, and focus your efforts.  

While Chat-GPT is amazing at generating human-sounding text, it is not perfect.  AI detectors can easily identify text generated by ChatGPT.  Add a personal touch to any content you plan to use.  This will help keep it from being dismissed if hiring managers use software to detect AI-generated content in cover letters or resumes.

Here are some of the many ways you can harness ChatGPT in your remote job search: 

1. Research potential companies and jobs

Try a prompt like:  What are the top companies in [insert field or industry]?

2. Identify the key qualifications and skills required for specific roles when exploring careers or changing industries.

Try a prompt like:  What are the qualifications needed to work in the field of [insert field or industry]?  

Or:  What job types or roles are there in [insert field or industry]?

3. Analyze and understand job postings 

Use AI to identify job postings that are the best match for your skills and qualifications

Try a prompt like:  Pretend you are a hiring manager for the following job posting: [paste in job posting].  Do the skills and qualifications in my resume match?  Here is my resume [paste your single-page resume].

4. Compose outreach emails or direct messages (DMs)

Try a prompt like:  Pretend you are a job seeker.  Write an outreach email to a hiring manager explaining that you are a [insert your field] excited about the [insert job] position and ask [insert relevant question like if they are the right person to contact].

5. Generate a personalized cover letter 

ChatGPT can identify keywords from a job description to help you write a personalized cover letter highlighting what makes you a great candidate.

Try a prompt like:  Pretend you are applying for a job. Use the following job description to write a cover letter.  Make sure to include the most important keywords for the job type and required qualifications.  Here is the job description: [paste in job description]

6. Generate or edit your resume to highlight your skills and qualifications

Try a prompt like:  Rewrite my resume to highlight my skills as a [insert the job you are applying for].  Here is my resume [paste in resume].  (this works best for brief one-page resumes or just portions of resumes)

7. Practice answering common interview questions to improve your interview skills

Try a prompt like:  Pretend you are an interviewer for the following job posting [paste in job posting].  Ask me 5 questions as if you are the hiring manager so I can practice my interview skills.  Wait for a response after each question and then ask a follow-up question related to my response.

8. Generate a LinkedIn profile that effectively communicates your skills and qualifications to potential employers

Try a prompt like: Write a LinkedIn profile based on my resume. Here is my resume [paste in resume].

9. Use the chatbot to receive immediate assistance and answer any questions you may have during the job search process

Try a prompt like: How should I handle a lower salary offer from a hiring manager than I think matches my qualifications?

What AI hiring tools employers are using

As more and more employers begin to use AI during all phases of the hiring process it is important to understand the tools they are using so you can present yourself as the best candidate.  While using applicant track systems (ATS) to screen uploaded resumes has become quite common, more employers are adding additional AI-powered tools.  

AI-based hiring can mean that employers use AI at any or all points during the hiring process.  Employers and hiring managers are now using AI to automate repetitive tasks, reduce human bias, get a deeper understanding of candidates, and increase the overall efficiency of the hiring process.

Here are the many ways hiring managers are using AI tools in job applications and the hiring process:

1. Chatbots on Hiring Platforms

Conversational AI, like SmartPal, funnels and directs candidates on hiring platforms to the best discovery paths as they search for jobs.  This tool saves recruiters from having to answer frequently asked questions about job openings.

2. Resume screening

There are a number of ways AI is used in job application screening.  AI-powered tools can scan resumes and identify relevant skills and qualifications for a specific job opening.  This can save recruiters valuable time when sifting through a large number of resumes.  

AI not only analyzes resumes but can also anonymize the names of candidates to reduce racial, cultural, and gender biases.

3. Interview scheduling

AI can automatically schedule interviews based on the availability of both the interviewer and the candidate.

4. Video interviewing

AI-powered tools, like InterviewStream, can conduct video interviews with conversational AI in lieu of a human hiring manager.  These tools are often able to read a candidate’s facial expressions and body language to assess non-verbal cues.  They can analyze speech patterns to assess cognitive and emotional traits thereby determining if someone is a good fit for a job.  After a call ends a full post-call transcript is generated for later reference.

Jobma uses AI to create a realistic one-way interview experience that leads applicants through a series of video, audio, written, and multiple-choice questions.  Recruiters then receive instant feedback on the responses.

5. Reference checks

SkillSurvey uses AI to conduct reference checks.  The AI assesses a job seeker’s fitness for a job based on feedback from their past colleagues and managers.

6. Predictive hiring

AI can analyze data from past hires in the company to identify patterns and predict which candidates are most likely to succeed in a specific role.

7. Fit assessment tools

Several companies have created AI tools to assess if a candidate is fit for a job and to identify areas for improvement.

For example, Pymetrics uses AI-generated games and “gamified” questions in assessing cognitive and emotional traits to determine a candidate’s potential.  This allows recruiters to match candidates with jobs that are a good fit for their abilities

8. Recruitment of passive candidates

AI is very good at processing a large of amount of data on platforms like LinkedIn.  AI can screen LinkedIn for highly qualified or specialized “passive candidates,” or those not actively looking for a job.  It can then help recruiters engage candidates with AI-generated email messaging and content.

LinkedIn offers the LinkedIn Recruiter product which helps hiring managers to identify talent pools optimized for the likelihood of making a successful hire.

9. Chatbots for updates about applications

Recruiters are now using automated chatbots to update candidates throughout the application process.  Communication with candidates is essential to maintaining a positive impression of the company.  According to a survey conducted by the Talent Board, candidates who receive timely feedback are 52% more likely to engage with an employer in the future.

Final Thoughts

AI is a powerful tool to streamline the job-seeking process for job seekers and the hiring process for employers.  Understanding what AI tools do and how to use them can help you gain a sense of control over what can be a very stressful process.  Of course, there are many ethical implications for using AI tools. But learning to use and navigate them can get your foot in the door so you at least have the opportunity to impress potential employers with your unique abilities and strengths.

I hope this article has helped you learn how you can use AI to land the perfect remote or traditional job.  AI has incredible power to help job seekers to find the best jobs, get noticed in the pile of applications, and master their interviews. Now that you’ve been armed with this information, how do you plan to harness these tools in your own remote job search?

Jamie Dubois

I am a freelance writer, wanderer, kayaker, rock climber, and adventurer.

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