LinkedIn’s New AI Can Write Cover Letters To Hiring Managers
LinkedIn is testing out a new generative AI feature for job seekers. The new feature helps candidates create short, cover letter-style messages for hiring managers in a matter of seconds. It’s currently available only to LinkedIn Premium members. Premium LinkedIn users can choose the option to “Let AI draft a message to the hiring team” found within each job listing. Personalized writing suggestions can take up to 15 seconds to generate, eliminating the conversation starter blockage that’s a common problem among job hunters. It significantly shortens the time needed to craft a personal message to each hiring manager, allowing candidates to connect with more potential employers. The tool uses information from the candidate’s profile, the hiring manager’s profile, the employer’s profile, and the job description itself to craft a highly personalized message relevant to the job listing in question. To make the most of this feature, users should complete their LinkedIn profiles with up-to-date information related to the jobs they hope to land. Like with all AI-powered chatbots, candidates should review, edit, and add their personal touch to the AI-generated text. “Customization is still important, so take the time to review and edit the draft to make it your own and convey your voice, then send onwards to the hiring manager,” Ora Levit, LinkedIn’s Senior Director of Head of Core Growth + Premium, advises. LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft, which has invested over $10 billion in OpenAI, the creator of the ChatGPT chatbot. Just like its parent company, the business and employment social media site is heavily focused on integrating generative AI capabilities into its platform. In March this year, LinkedIn introduced GPT-powered AI features that can generate writing suggestions for candidate profiles and job descriptions. The company also launched an AI knowledge base, AI-powered conversation starters for collaborative articles that allow experts to join forces on a single topic, and hundreds of AI courses led by industry leaders and experts.