The topic has been on everyone’s lips since the end of last year. Whether it’s the right to use or how you should use it, generative AI (GAI) is here and won’t go away anytime soon. I must say it’s just going to improve.

What is Generative AI?

Generative AI is a type of artificial intelligence that focuses on creating new data, content, or information. This technology has the potential to revolutionise various industries, as it has the ability to quickly create new content, including images, music, and even entire stories. ChatGPT is a type of generative AI and one of the best AI chatbots since its release to the general public in November 2022.

With the introduction of GAI to the general public, many questions about this new technology have been raised. Is it helpful? Are people going to lose jobs over it? How can you use on a day-to-day basis at work? How does it affect my skills? So, how does GAI impact your career and workplace?

The Future of Work and Generative AI

In August, LinkedIn released a report on the Future of Work – AI at Work. This report has some exciting findings. According to LinkedIn, over 500 skills are very likely to be affected by GAI technologies.

According to the report, “generative AI brings mixed feelings of uncertainty and excitement”, and it also shows how workplaces are changing and how people are changing their jobs to fit in with generative AI.

In the US, 47% of executives believe that “using generative AI will increase productivity”, 44% plan to increase their use of AI at their organisation in the next year, and 40% think that using generative AI will help unlock more growth/revenue opportunities in the next year. (Source: LinkedIn US Executive Confidence Index Survey, June 2023)

The three industry that most frequently uses GAI are:

  • Business and industry for financial reporting, email marketing and data analysis.
  • Communication and media for writing, editing, documentation, translation and content creation.
  • Engineering for software development tools, programming languages and data science.

Based on LinkedIn’s data, “84% of US members are in jobs that could leverage GAI to automate at least a quarter of repetitive tasks and increase productivity.” Leveraging GAI to help reduce the time spent on some tasks can help you build new skills, making the use of this technology to your advantage.

How to Use GAI for Job Search:

Using GAI to help you land your next dream job may seem attractive. However, many recruiters and hiring managers say you should only use it sparingly. It’s important to remember that using this technology goes both ways. Recruiters also have access to AI tools that help to check if a resume or cover letter is auto-generated.

According to Pam Forster in an interview to ABC, using AI technology can help with cover letters and resumes, but a personal and human touch is still needed to help articulate your value to prospective employers.

Some of the top ways to use AI to help you with your job search:

  • Help find good-fit roles –platforms such as Talentprise and Pyjama HR have been created to fill the gap and help employees and employers find the right people for jobs with AI-driven solutions.
  • Tailor resume for specific roles – you can use AI to help you compare your resume against a job listing. This can help you make sure you’ve got the right balance of soft and hard skills in those documents.
  • Generate personalised network messages to send via LinkedIn – using GAI to help you with messaging on LinkedIn to recruiters, but make sure you always make modifications to personalise your message – you don’t want to sound robotic.
  • Interview practice and feedback – using AI to help you practice for future interviews and feedback.
  • Negotiating a better salary offer – writing an email or report that contains and explains everything you need to negotiate a better salary offer. However, make sure you make changes to sound more personalised and human-like.

New Opportunities and Roles

Using GAI in the workplace can lighten workloads and open new opportunities. An example from the LinkedIn report is a language translator. They can use Gai to shift their focus from doing literal translations to reviewing and certifying machine-generated translations or even specialising in specific legal or literary content. This means you can use GAI to free up time to be more productive in other areas that GAI can’t replace.

With more use of this technology, there’s also a greater emphasis on new skill sets that employers are seeking. According to the LinkedIn report, since the start of 2023, there’s been an increase of 75% each month in member adding terms such as “GAI,” “ChatGPT,” “Prompt Engineering,” and “Prompt Crafting” to their LinkedIn profile. This is a sign that employers and recruiters embrace GAI-assisted technology as part of candidates’ skills.

The future of work is rapidly evolving with generative artificial intelligence technology advancements. Now more than ever, using this technology to better productivity and learn new ways to improve other skills in areas of your job where GAI can’t help is the best way to leverage and start to change the way you work.

Where to Now?

Even though GAI is a powerful tool, it’s important to remember that human skills cannot be replaced. The human touch, creativity, empathy, and critical thinking are irreplaceable. GAI can help with repetitive tasks and speed, but human intervention is still needed. By using GAI in the workplace, you can then focus on strategic thinking, innovation, and building meaningful relationships with clients and colleagues.

Ultimately, instead of completely replacing human efforts and rendering them obsolete, generative AI has the potential to integrate with your current work practices seamlessly. This integration can open countless doors and opportunities for growth, advancement, and collective success in various industries and fields.

Generative AI is very powerful. It can help you be more productive and creative and solve problems better. This allows you to reach higher levels of success and innovation. Use it to open opportunities!

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Resources:

Future of Work Report – AI at Work – LinkedIn

Generative AI and the Future of Work in America

Camila Griffin is an experienced journalist and content writer who expresses herself through the power of words. She graduated from The University of Queensland in 2008 and further her studies at Griffith University in 2015. As a content writer, her goal is to write compelling stories to showcase her clients' work.