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No more writing an application - applai.me - this app takes over CV, cover letter and Co.

Konstantin Lobanov has developed an app that automatically writes application letters.The basis of Applai.me is ChatGPT.Using artificial intelligence, the application optimizes the CV specifically for the job.The key to success is the right keyword.Let's be honest: Hardly anyone likes to write applications.The author must praise himself, praise the passage to the skies and hit the right note.And precisely because this is not a popular task, 23-year-old Konstantin Lobanov has built a slim, smart app that relieves applicants of this cramp.And there's more: Applai.me turns a job advertisement and a current CV into an almost complete application.Using artificial intelligence - based on ChatGPT with the language model version 3.5 - the application optimizes the CV specifically for this job, generates a letter of motivation and also provides a few probable job interview questions for training that are also individually tailored to this positionthe interview.If you talk to HR managers in start-ups, the cover letter becomes less and less important.Even a CV says a lot: Job titles have become so diverse and vague that you often can't find out much about a candidate's qualifications from them.Konstantin Lobanov knows that too.In an interview with "Gründerszene", he cites studies according to which only half of HR managers read cover letters at all."Isn't that crazy: The most time-consuming part of an application is only checked 50 percent of the time," he says.Nevertheless, omitting one or even both completely is not an option.Employers often – consciously or not – evaluate the fact that someone has taken the trouble to write a cover letter as a positive thing.Credit for the effort.In this respect, the approach of outsourcing effort, time and effort to an AI, letting it write a cover letter and CV and thus save energy, may be exactly the right one.Factors for a successful applicationUnfortunately, the story of how he came up with the idea for Applai.me is "not as romantic as that of the guys who founded Uber while they were waiting for a taxi in Paris," Lobanov told "Gründerszene".Rather, while a friend of his was applying for various positions - unsuccessfully - he increasingly recognized which factors seemed decisive.1. Accuracy of CV and job posting: Many job seekers are not aware of how important it is to adjust the CV with every application.Simply attaching the current CV is not sufficient.Because, explains Lobanov: “A lot of AI is already being used in recruitment, but against the applicant.” For many jobs, especially the advertisements from larger companies, to which many applications are received, an artificial intelligence searches all CVs for certain keywords in the first step."If she can't find it, there's a good chance you won't be called for an interview," Lobanov explains.So you have to "outwit" the AI, as he says.Preferably even with AI.Applai.me scans the advertisement and identifies possible keywords, which it then suggests for the CV."So this is a kind of AI against AI," laughs the founder.2. Cover letter: Even if the importance of the cover letter is generally declining, there are still rules how this letter can be improved quickly, says Lobanov."The difference between a bad and an excellent cover letter is not what you write and how you structure it, but how you phrase it." And that's exactly what generative AI is amazingly good at, formulating things correctly.Again, Applai.me matches information from the job description with the text of the cover letter.3. Preparation for the first interview: In order to be convincing in the interview, an applicant must first know as much as possible about the company he is applying to, says Lobanov.This is easy to research for large companies, and platforms such as Glassdoor can help there.Secondly, it also helps to anticipate what could be asked about the relevant job profile.“As an example: I am applying for a position as a product manager in a small start-up in the field of green tech.Most likely, I won't find anything online," says the founder.“I can search for common questions for product managers.However, these will be too general.” His app generates questions tailored to the job in question, which applicants can use to practice.

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