If you want to be unique, keep AI a mile from your CV

Hey there, job seekers. In today’s fast-paced, tech-savvy world, letting artificial intelligence (AI) handle everyday tasks is tempting. But when it comes to helping you find your dream role, let’s pump the brakes for a moment.

While AI is fantastic for many things, there are several compelling reasons why you should think twice before letting it write your job applications. At Eclectic Recruitment, we’ve seen it all, and we’re here to give you the inside scoop on why personal touch matters more than ever.

There’s nothing as unique as you!

First things first, your CV and cover letter are your personal sales pitch. They’re the first impression a potential employer gets of you. AI might be great at generating grammatically correct and structured text, but it lacks the personal touch to make your application stand out. Your experiences, achievements and personality are unique to you and should shine through in your application. When you write your CV and cover letter, you can infuse your voice and personality into the text. This can create a more authentic and engaging narrative that resonates with hiring managers.

It’s likely to get things wrong, even if they sound right.

AI is a whizz with data and patterns, but it can struggle with the subtleties and nuances of human experience. For instance, AI might not fully understand the significance of a particular project you worked on or the context of your achievements. When you write your own application materials, you can provide the necessary context that highlights your skills and accomplishments in the best possible light. You know your career journey better than any algorithm, so why not take the time to articulate it yourself?

Recruiters will spot a generic application.

CVs are our bread and butter at Eclectic and, let’s face it, AI-generated content can sometimes come off as generic and formulaic. Recruiters and hiring managers read countless applications, and they can usually spot a cookie-cutter CV or cover letter from a mile away. Using AI to draft your materials might save you time, but it could also land your application in the ‘no’ pile. A personalised, thoughtfully crafted CV and cover letter show that you’re genuinely interested in the role and the company. It demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to understand the job requirements and align your skills and experiences with them.

Applications are a chance for you to shine from the outset.

Writing your own CV and cover letter is an excellent way to showcase your communication skills. Employers value candidates who can articulate their thoughts clearly and concisely. By crafting your own documents, you’re presenting your qualifications and demonstrating your ability to communicate effectively – a key skill in virtually any job. Plus, writing your own application materials allows you to tailor your message specifically to each job, highlighting the most relevant skills and experiences for each role.
In a world where authenticity is increasingly valued, presenting a CV and cover letter written by AI can feel a bit disingenuous. Employers want to get to know the real you, not a polished but ultimately generic version created by an algorithm. Your personal touch can convey passion, enthusiasm and a genuine interest in the role that AI simply can’t replicate. Being authentic in your application materials helps build trust with potential employers and can set you apart from other candidates.

And while AI tools can be a helpful starting point, they shouldn’t replace your own effort and creativity. Use them to get ideas or check your grammar, but make sure your CV and cover letter reflect your unique voice, experiences and personality.

At Eclectic Recruitment, we believe that the best applications come from the heart. So take the time to write your CV and cover letter – you’ll likely find it worth the effort. But if you hit a wall or get writer’s block, we’re here to help you. Just get in touch, and our expert team can offer the support and guidance you only wish you could receive from your chatbot.


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