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Recruitment VS ChatGPT


As the Managing Director of a recruitment agency, I've seen my fair share of cover letters—some good, some bad, and some that make me want to run for the hills. But lately, I've seen a new trend making me raise an eyebrow - ChatGPT.


ChatGPT, or the GPT-3 language model, is a tool that uses artificial intelligence to generate text. It's great for a lot of things, like writing articles or creating social media posts, but when it comes to cover letters, it's a different story. Let me explain why you should avoid using ChatGPT to write your cover letter and how it could potentially harm your chances of getting the job.


You see, the whole purpose of a cover letter is to show your personality and enthusiasm for the role. It's your chance to stand out from the other applicants and show the employer why they should choose you. But when you use ChatGPT, you rely on a computer program to do all the work. And let's be honest; computers don't have personalities, and they can only interpret the information you've fed them.


The problem with using ChatGPT to write your cover letter is that it takes away your chance to show your personality. When you rely on a computer program to write your cover letter, you're not giving the employer an accurate idea of who you are. The text generated is often generic and needs more real personality and enthusiasm.


Think about it, computers don't have personalities, they don't have emotions, and they don't have enthusiasm. You only get out what you put in. And, 'Write me a cover letter' isn't putting much in at all, is it? I wouldn't trust many others to write a cover letter on my behalf, even those who know me exceptionally well. So why would I entrust that task to a robot with zero context on my personality, skills, or work history?


And before you say it, yes, you could argue that you can feed the Ai prompts that give more context and background information to get a more accurate and customised cover letter. However, if you put half the effort into writing your own cover letter, as you would need to write and tweak the prompts, you would have actually been able to write a pretty great cover letter on your own.


When you use ChatGPT to write your cover letter, you're not showing the employer your excitement for the role, enthusiasm for the company, or eagerness to start working. You're simply presenting a generic document that anyone could have written.


Now, let's discuss how this could impact your job chances. Using ChatGPT to write your cover letter makes you look like you don't care about the job. It will help if you put in the effort to write your own cover letter and show the employer why you're the best fit for the role. It's like turning up to a job interview in sweatpants and a t-shirt. You must make a better impression and show more effort and enthusiasm than AI can deliver.


In the world of recruitment, first impressions are everything. You want to ensure you're presenting yourself in the best light possible, and there are better ways to do it than using ChatGPT to write your cover letter. Employers want to see that you're interested in the role and willing to put in the time and effort to impress them. By relying on a computer program to write your cover letter, you're not making the best impression, potentially jeopardising your chances of getting the job.


So, what can you do instead? Well, put in the effort and write your cover letter. Show the employer that you're interested in the role and willing to put in the time and effort to impress them. Use your cover letter to highlight your skills, experiences and qualifications and let your personality shine. Be creative, be enthusiastic, and be yourself.


In conclusion, using ChatGPT to write your cover letter is a big no-no. It's a quick and easy solution, but you will need more than that to land the job. You want to ensure you're presenting yourself in the best light possible and showing your personality, and relying on a computer program to write your cover letter doesn't cut it. If you want to impress the employer and increase your chances of getting the job, it's time to put your hands on the keyboard and write your cover letter.


Here's a fun tip: incorporate a pop culture reference or a funny anecdote in your cover letter. It shows your personality and that you're not just a boring robot. But be warned, ensure it's appropriate and relevant to the job you're applying for.


We've attached a copy of the best cover letter we've ever seen. This Cover Letter was sent to us by our very own Lauren Vocisano in 2018 when she applied for our Recruitment & Contract Administration Extraordinaire role. That cover letter started a 5-year career journey that led her to become a Senior Recruitment Consultant. Cover letters are important; treat them as such!

Lauren Vocisano - Cover Letter
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Oh, before we wrap this up, there's one last thing we need to tell you. Did you know that ChatGPT actually wrote this entire article? Yes, you heard that right! Our team thought it would be hilarious to have ChatGPT write a blog post about why you shouldn't use ChatGPT to write your cover letter, just to see if anyone would notice. Did you?


But, in all seriousness, the points made in this article still hold true. While ChatGPT can be a great tool for certain tasks, it's not the best choice when it comes to writing a cover letter. So, put your personal touch on your cover letter, and show your potential employer what makes you unique. After all, you're so much more than text generated by a computer.

 
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