4 Ways AI Can Help Older Workers Get Hired

February 22, 2024

Simple ways to leverage the power of AI in your job search

If you’re an older worker, entering or re-entering the job market later in life is already daunting. The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) adds a new layer of complexity and, for many Americans, even anxiety.

Despite the technology’s unknowns, AI presents multiple advantages for older workers and job seekers. Tools such as ChatGPT and Bard are time-saving resources that are free, user-friendly and easy to access. And because AI makes a wealth of knowledge available to everyone, it has the potential to create a more inclusive and equitable job market for all workers — regardless of age, background or life circumstances.

Let’s delve deeper into how this technology can tangibly empower older workers.

1/ Fine-tuning resumes and cover letters

While a strong resume can lead to an interview invitation, the opposite is also true. The author of a recent MIT study stated, “If you take two identical workers with the same skills and background, the one with the better-written resume is more likely to get hired.” The same study found a direct correlation between spelling accuracy and hiring. Applicants with fewer than 90% of words spelled correctly had only a 3% chance of getting hired in their first month.

The good news is, AI tools can easily correct spelling and grammar — and you may already be familiar with them. Microsoft and Google products have built-in spelling and grammar checkers. Grammarly is another popular and free AI-powered editor that not only corrects errors, but also gives style suggestions so your writing is clear, concise and professional.

2/ Optimizing resumes for specific jobs

A major hurdle to getting a callback on an application is getting through applicant tracking systems (ATS), the AI-powered software that automatically scans resumes and cover letters for keywords that match the job description.

Using an AI tool such as ChatGPT or Bard can help. Copy-paste the text from job posting into the tool to automatically generate keywords you can incorporate into your resume and cover letter. (Do not, however, rely on AI to write your resume from scratch.)

3/ Interview Prep

Interviews are nerve-wracking, but what if you had a good idea of what questions to expect?

An AI tool such as ChatGPT can do exactly that. Prompt the tool to generate a list of questions common to the industry and role to which you’re applying. It can even provide tips on effective answers. Preparation will help you confidently anticipate and address any tough topics that may come your way.

4/ Interview practice

Along with lists of common questions, AI can create mock interviews. Free from the stress of in-person interviewing, you’ll have time and space to shake off the nerves and practice your answers beforehand. Clear and concise answers demonstrate preparation, discipline and interest in the role, which can positively influence the interviewer’s perception.

In conclusion, the transformative power of AI extends far beyond buzzwords and hype. It’s a practical, accessible resource driving positive change in the careers of older workers. While AI-generated output should always have human oversight, harnessing this technology can help seasoned professionals overcome age-related barriers, unlock new opportunities and embark on fulfilling careers in ways we never thought possible.

So, embrace the possibilities that AI brings, and let it be your ally in navigating the ever-evolving landscape of work after 50.

Are you interested in hearing one of our most prominent lawmakers talk about the value of older workers to our labor force? Please join us on February 27th when Harold T. Fisher, host of the Daily Drum, sits down with Congressman Glenn Ivey (D-MD-04) to discuss equitable economic opportunity for older workers. Register today for this virtual event.