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How To Use AI For Career Readiness & Development

AI is weaving itself into our daily lives more every year. So how can we take advantage of its astounding capabilities and put them to work for career readiness and development? Let’s dig in and find out!

Personalized Learning

When someone’s gearing up for a career, they can benefit from AI-powered personalized learning platforms as they tackle their education and training. Personalized learning “refers to instruction in which the pace of learning and the instructional approach are optimized for the needs of each learner,” writes EdTech author Sukant Khurana.

Common AI-powered features include:

  • Adaptive Learning and Assessment

  • Intelligent Tutoring

  • Natural Language Processing

  • Customized Insights and Recommendations

Popular AI-enabled personalized learning programs include ALEKS, Cognii, DreamBox Learning, Knewton, and Smart Sparrow.

Job Search

Job portals like Indeed list millions of ads—but job-seekers miss opportunities when they don’t maximize search functions to find matches. They might search for too narrow a range of job titles or use search terms that ignore relevant possibilities. Luckily, AI can help!

Tools like Kickresume’s Pyjama Jobs and Talentprise ask users to input information which is then analyzed and used to match them with suitable companies that have openings. They can also suggest career types users might not have considered, expanding their options and increasing their odds of finding a dream job.

Note, this is similar to how the Gladeo Quiz matches test-takers with ideal careers and industries that suit their aptitudes and interests!

Personal Analytics

People always look for advice on how to improve their lives, to be physically, mentally, and spiritually healthier. They also strive to find ways to enhance their job performance and earning capacities. AI can augment such efforts tremendously through personal data analytics.

Business leaders, sports teams, and other groups have long relied on analytics for gaining actionable insights to boost performance and gain competitive advantages. Individuals can also benefit from letting AI-powered apps dig into their data to assess strengths and areas to improve. Used objectively and consistently, such tools can help users optimize whatever areas they wish to focus on.

For example, Breathhh is a Chrome extension that studies browser activity to suggest personalized, stress-reducing breathing exercises. Wysa is an anonymous app using “clinically validated AI” to provide mental wellness support. Rocky.AI’s Growth Mindset AI Coach features a range of goals that users can select from to receive customized coaching on.

Virtual Assistants

Modern society’s hectic pace has most of us juggling several tasks each day. Few of us can afford to hire an administrative assistant, but we can all benefit from virtual AI assistants!

From managing schedules to prioritizing to-do lists or taking dictation, virtual AI helpers keep us organized and on top of appointments and deadlines. They take a load off students and workers alike, freeing everyone up to focus on their career readiness or development, as needed.

Top AI assistants include Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft’s Cortana. Some programs specialize in particular areas, such as:

Resume Assistance

The most important elements for getting a job are 1) being qualified, and 2) a successful application process, which starts with a killer resume. But a resume alone won’t get someone a job. It’s only a ticket to getting an interview.

Many resumes never make it in front of a hiring manager because of applicant tracking systems (ATS) designed to screen and filter applications. These programs scan to assess whether an applicant is a suitable match for the posted job. Unfortunately, the programs are fallible, and many great applicants get overlooked.

To fight fire with fire, job-seekers are turning to AI tools to optimize resumes by incorporating suitable keywords, qualifications, phrases, etc. AI resume builders include Jobscan, Kickresume,, and Resume Genius. OpenAI’s free ChatGPT can also be used to write resumes and cover letters but wasn’t specifically designed for the task.

Addressing plagiarism concerns

Is it plagiarism to use AI to help write a resume or cover letter? Not really, since applicants don’t claim to have written the words; they just claim to have the listed experiences and education. Besides, people have used paid professional resume writers for decades!

In any event, candidates are using ChatGPT regardless. “46 percent [of recent job-seekers] reported using ChatGPT to write resumes or cover letters or both,” according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). And many companies appreciate the initiative, seeing ChatGPT as yet another technology tool that makes workers more productive.

“Using [ChatGPT] may demonstrate…resourcefulness and adaptability—two traits that can support an organization in achieving its goals and adjusting to changing business scenarios,” SHRM notes.

The big thing to watch for is ensuring the resume is 100% accurate and doesn’t list skills or experiences the applicant doesn’t possess!

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