Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) when writing job applications

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Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) when writing job applications

If you choose to use AI or other tools to assist in writing your application, it’s essential to personalise this information, particularly your supporting statement.

While AI can help streamline the writing process, these tools cannot fully grasp the context or requirements of the job you’re applying for, nor can they accurately reflect your skills, knowledge, and experience. It is crucial that you personalise your supporting statement by articulating these in your unique voice.

Relying solely on AI to write your application or supporting statement is not advocated by Bolton NHS Foundation Trust as it could negatively impact your chances of success in the application process.

For example, AI responses…

  • May lack relevance and fail to address the key criteria outlined in the job description and person specification.
  • May come across as generic and fail to distinguish you from other applicants.
  • May be ambiguous or open to misinterpretation. Without careful review and editing, the supporting statement could convey messages that are unclear or misconstrued by hiring managers.
  • May include qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience that you do not possess, potentially leading to misrepresentation.

Supporting Statement

The supporting statement is an opportunity for you to showcase how your qualifications, knowledge, skill and experiences align with the requirements and criteria outlined in the job description and person. As mentioned above AI responses may not cover the breadth of information required, and you may miss an opportunity to showcase yourself as a result.

As a reminder, recruiting managers score applications based on the criteria listed in the person specification. Managers will be looking for evidence of how you meet these criteria. To increase your chances of securing an interview, provide examples of how you have applied your skills and knowledge in real-life situations. Share work-related successes and challenges you’ve navigated that align with the criteria.  These could be from various aspects of your life, including work, education, and personal experiences.

A good approach to consider is structuring your statement with clear headings or bullet points. This approach will help both you and the hiring manager navigate through your application more effectively.

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