Get Noticed by Your Next Employer with Generative AI

                                                     Written by Alan Kan

It was a pleasure to recently join a dynamic panel at the University of Auckland to discuss the exciting ways in which the emerging technologies disrupt business models. The conversation was invigorating, and I’m thrilled to have another opportunity to share insights, this time at DevDay 2023, where I’ll be on a distinguished panel discussing how to improve your personal branding and networking. But before we get into that, let’s talk about how you can harness the power of Generative AI to maximise the chances of getting noticed by your next employer.


                              Getting Seen

Although generative AI is not yet as smart as being able to bring the most suitable job to you, you can get it to give you some ideas to improve your chances, from giving you some job search strategies to suggesting networking events to improve your chance of getting seen. For example, you can write a prompt like “As a UX Designer, recommend networking events in New Zealand that are best for meeting employers for the purpose of job searching” to look for suitable meetups to attend.



                                  Getting Google Bard to suggest some networking events to go to

                              Learn the Right Skills

With the right skills, you are more likely to get found by recruiters and matching algorithms of Linkedin. If you already have your eyes on your next job role, you can get generative AI to suggest skills gap you need to plug. Use a prompt to feed your CV content to AI, such as “Here is a list of my past education, skills and experience…” (or just upload the file if you are using GPT-4). And then you can use a prompt like “As a career advisor, list the top 5 skills required by a data scientist. Based on the skillsets outlined in my education, skills and experience, suggest the skills I need to be learn to become a data scientist”


                              Improve LinkedIn Profile

Generative AI is very effective for grammar checking and making your Linkedin Profile more impactful. You can use a prompt to feed the content of your LinkedIn profile for review. You write another prompt to focus Generative AI on specific improvements you want, such as “As a resume reviewer, review the previous content for grammar, spelling, and suggest changes to improve the chance of getting a business analyst role”.

One caveat – if you are thinking of generating a Linkedin profile or a CV using generative AI, you will risk having your profile looking similar to other people who also used generative AI. I won’t recommend it unless you have advanced prompting skills.


I hope you’ve found these insights helpful. If you’d like to explore how Generative AI can enhance your employability or have any questions about the power of AI in the job search process, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d be delighted to share more insights and tips.


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Looking for a job in the Software Industry?

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We know entering the job market can be tricky so our Mission Ready Co-Founder, Alan Kan, has put together some interview tips for you.

Always remember in a job interview, you need to demonstrate that:

1. You can do the job (i.e. you have the technical skills and/or experience needed)

2. You culturally fit into their team well.

Interviewing is a 2-way street. While you want a job, the employer wants a good candidate to work for them. So while you need to tell them how awesome you are, they also have the responsibility to convince you how wonderful it is to work there.

6 ways to stand out in your interview

1.  Ask clarifying questions if you are unsure of what a question means

2. Be positive about co-workers and your ex-boss/client/project sponsor. Do not complain at a job interview

3. Provide examples/details when you answer questions, It’s ok to take some time to think about your answer before you open your mouth. You don’t have to answer as quickly as possible

4. Usually, answers should be approximately 1 -2 minutes long

5. Have confidence in yourself

6. Know your own unique selling proposition. What makes you stand out from the rest?

What’s a behavioural question?

Behavioural questions are common in job interviews. It asks for your past experience to demonstrate you have certain capabilities or qualities. Usually, it starts with something like “Can you give me an example of a time when you…”.

You can answer the question using STAR approach. In fact, STAR approach can be used answering many interviewing questions.

Question: Can you describe a time when you handled conflict at workplace?

Situation: Describe a situation you were in. eg. A few stakeholders had conflicting requirements in a project.

Task: Tell them what you need to achieve. eg. My task as a business analyst was to prioritise the requirements.

Action: Describe what you actually did, e.g. I organised a workshop with key stakeholders to explain the conflict, and went through their requirements using a Prioritisation Matrix.

Result: tell them what happened as a result of your actions. e.g stakeholders achieved consensus to the priority of requirements.

Technical interview questions

For software development and testing jobs, you may get a technical interview, check out the interview menu item at the following link for a sample of questions and answers relating to your programming language/skills. Unfortunately, there is no easy way out except to ensure you gain as much knowledge as possible about your technical area. Here are some examples of technical interview questions.

What do you do after the interview?

At the end of a job interview, you are usually asked whether you have any questions. You should aim to ask at least a couple of questions. (Ask something NOT related to salary, or when you can go home, or how much leave you have.)

Send a thank you email within 24 hours, if you have the email address of the interviewer/HR (sometimes it will be in the meeting invite).

We wish you luck in your job search! If you’re looking to upskill or looking to get industry experience, don’t forget to check out our Software Developer (Cloud & DevOps) accelerator > 

Article written by Mission Ready Co-Founder, Alan Kan


How Tech Can Help with the Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery

This guest post was written by Casey Christopher.

The pandemic has changed the world forever. Aside from challenging the entire world by unleashing an unrelenting virus, COVID-19 has also simultaneously served as a catalyst for the 5th Industrial Revolution. Not only has it changed the way we function as societies, but it also sped up the adoption of new technology across all industries, leading the IoT into a more mature state.

It’s also becoming clearer that tech will help the world recover from the economic effects of the virus, too.

How the pandemic has affected the global and local economy

There’s no overstating just how much COVID-19 has devastated economies across the world. The virus has pushed New Zealand into its worst recession in years, with the country’s GDP shrinking by 12.2 percent between April and June 2020 as the lockdown and border closures were implemented. Reports show that it was New Zealand’s first recession since the global financial crisis and its worst since 1987, back when the current system of measurement began.

The same thing happened in many other countries, driving the world to experience the deepest global recession in decades, despite the efforts of governments to counter the downturn. The World Bank notes that there was a 5.2 percent contraction in global GDP, and the pandemic is expected to leave lasting scars through lower investment, depletion of human capital through lost jobs and schooling, and fragmentation of global trade and supply linkages.

Emerging tech that is helping economies recover

Now that the world is trying to recover from the devastating impacts the economy has previously thrown us, the silver lining is that there are emerging technologies that will help speed up recovery.

Online retail driving spending

Since the pandemic necessitated the need for lockdowns and stringent social distancing measures, online sales skyrocketed. People resorted to buying goods and services over the internet, making it a win-win for retailers that have solid online platforms. It’s evident in nations like China where online retail grew exponentially.

Despite experiencing a 1.1 percent dip in overall retail sales, the share of physical consumer goods sold online in China climbed from about 19 percent last year to 25 percent. This is mainly due to live stream-driven online shopping. This new method of interactive streaming is being used on sites like Alibaba’s Taobao Live, Kuaishou, and ByteDance’s Douyin. Pre-pandemic, live streaming only accounted for about 7 percent of China’s online sales, but it doubled since retail has primarily moved online. Additionally, China’s broad logistics network and back-end technology have enabled them to offer better customer service to consumers, driving growth even further.

Connected vehicles improving the supply chain

The impact of connected vehicles on the supply chain is far-reaching. These types of vehicles include cars equipped with tech like computer navigation, GPS technology, camera technology, and sensor technology. They have made current transportation methods more effective, resulting in the supply chain becoming more streamlined.

In Australia in particular, connected vehicles are becoming more prevalent. These cars have an internet connection, allowing them to “talk” to other vehicles. A Verizon Connect feature on connected vehicles details how the technology can help drivers become more efficient in avoiding traffic congestion, improve safety by getting data alerts from other drivers regarding dangers on the road, ensure they are comply with road regulations, and so much more. With this type of smart vehicle used in a supply chain, economic recovery will be accelerated thanks to the significant boost in efficiency. Businesses will also be able to better serve their customers and manage a more reliable return on assets and vehicles, and drivers will get to maintain safer driving habits.

Investment in ICT

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is something that shouldn’t be seen as a frivolity, but a necessity, especially in these trying times. Considering how technology is embraced in all aspects of life, investing in ICT can have massive economic significance. It can pave the way for better ways for people to communicate, network, gain access to important information, learn, and find help.

In an effort to quickly bounce back from COVID-19, Singapore has pledged to continue investing in innovation and technology to create new business and employment opportunities. Experts believe that this move will help revive the growth of the ICT market, accelerating digitalisation and promoting the wider adoption of technology across industries in the country. The country’s Ministry for Communications and Information is ramping up investments in high-quality infrastructure like the 5G network, which then provides the necessary foundation for the development of innovative applications and services, as well as their implementation by enterprises.

There’s no doubt about it—tech is at the heart of economic recovery. Even New Zealand, with its large collaborative tech ecosystem, is paving the way for a more productive and sustainable economy. For instance, fintech services in the country are leading the way to post-recovery as people start looking for newer and more convenient ways to work, earn, buy, account, and invest. The Digital Council is also urging the government to undergo a transition to a digital economy in order to aid industries badly hit by the pandemic.

Mitchell Pham, chair of the Digital Council, said it best: “New Zealand’s resounding entrepreneurial nature is one of our major assets, and with the right leadership by government, digital and data-driven innovation can revitalise the sectors hardest hit, such as tourism, hospitality and the primary industries, as well as create new industries and ways of working.”

Master an In-Demand Tech Skill in Just 3-6 Months of Learning.

What if I told you that you could learn an in-demand tech skill that usually takes people years to master (in a school spending thousands of dollars!) in just 3-6 months? What if I said that you can not only pick this skill, but also hope to get hired for it in the time? Would you believe me? Well, you better do.

The post Covid-19 world has left most people in a bit of lurch highlighting just how unpredictable the economy can be. It has also accelerated our movement to a more virtual way of working – a world where demand for tech skills will not just continue to soar, but will be a necessity. 

Whether you’re just starting out or are interested in changing the direction of your career,  whether you are trying to beef up your resume or  looking to pick up a new skill, going the tech route is a smart idea with a plethora of career options to choose from.

If you are interested in exploring this path, we have prepared a quick list of the skills that you can hope to master in the next 6 months, no elaborate preparations or qualifications necessary. We recommend you choose one (or a couple) of these skills to start with, and build your skill stack from there, picking more to learn as and when you feel comfortable. 

Before making your first move though, we recommend taking a quick self-assessment to ascertain where your interest might lay. Technology is a broad arena, with something in it for everyone, and if you aren’t sure which area would work best for you, take this free self assessment to find out. 

Learn HTML and CSS

Then, once you are done, we recommend that you spend the first couple of months learning HTML(Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) – two programming languages that will enable you to build a website from scratch. HTML and CSS are not only easy to learn, but they will also provide you a gentle introduction to coding.

What’s more, these two skills alone also put you in position to start doing your first, paid, side hustle work in tech. 

Learn Front End Javascript

Once you have mastered HTML/CSS and are ready to do more, we recommend learning Javascript, a coding language that makes websites interactive. Javascript is a good language to pick for two reasons – one, it requires no additional installation, and two, learning it will help you build on your HTML and CSS website. 

JavaScript coding is sometimes called front-end development, because JavaScripts are run on a user’s computer. What’s more, knowing the three languages are extremely versatile, which means that no matter the journey you take in your tech career, they will come in handy! 

Learn Back End Development

The last piece of becoming a good coder, and by extension, having a solid skill set in web development is back end development. If you can create a website, and can write both front-end and back end scripts, you’ll be a complete coder. 

PHP is the most popular coding language for back-end development. In more recent times, Ruby on Rails has emerged as a bit of a competitor to PHP. Then, there is also SQL (Structured Query Language), the most widely implemented database language, used for ‘operating’ on the conventional database. Along with Node.js, an open source Javascript framework, it unifies web-application development around a single programming language, making it a useful language to learn.

Working at your own pace, these skills will likely take you 6 months to master, from where you can start applying to opportunities by creating a portfolio of your work. If you want to pick them up quicker, and would also love support in getting meaningful opportunities in it, we recommend you check out Mission Ready’s Full Stack Developer Accelerator where hands-on experience and industry training will ensure you become a certified developer with perhaps a job offer at the end in three months. 

From here on, the world, as the adage goes, is your oyster. Equipped with the basics of development – you can go in exciting new directions, from data analysis to design, as you continue to add skills to your repertoire.

The new remote workplace will call for these skills


With millions of people having to work from home because of Covid-19, one trend that is bound to stay is the rise of remote work. The numbers clearly support this. Since 2007, remote work has risen by 159 percent  and is now witnessing a sharp increase,  as more and more companies choose to operate on remote teams.

The largely online, location independent way of working, is also forcing employers to re-think what constitutes productivity and how it is measured. The result? There are questions being raised on the efficacy of the traditional 8 hour work day, or 40 hour work week. It’s not without reason, too. 

Just think about it. Research has already documented that a worker is usually productive for just three hours in an eight hour workday. Yet, we continue to link productivity with time.

A well-known McKinsey study in fact has found that people tend to be five times more focussed, and hence more productive, not when they are clocking in hours, but when they were in a state of ‘flow’, a mental state where one “fully employs their core capabilities to meet a goal or challenge”. 

This is why attributes like value and flexibility have started dominating conversations around the future of work, and it’s for this reason that the new workplace of tomorrow is likely to go increasingly remote.

If you have an existing skill that translates well to remote work, that’s amazing. If not, well that’s fine too. You can build on a new skill and the silver lining is that once you have this skill, you are set to be in a better situation, pandemic or not!

At Mission Ready HQ, we strongly recommend learning skills in the technology sector. Not only is there a huge demand for people in the technology sector, but these jobs also pay very well. What’s more, this demand is unlikely to abate any time soon.

If you’re thinking of giving your career a tech boost, here’s our list of the top 5 most lucrative skills that you can consider mastering to ace the remote workplace of tomorrow:

1. Full Stack Developer

Average Salary: $78,407

A full stack developer is an engineer who can handle all the work of databases, servers, systems engineering, and clients. If you are a hands-on creator and enjoy making, testing and seeing your creations come to life, then a career in full-stack development is for you.

2. Business Analyst

Average salary: $65,000

Working as a business analyst involves discovering, defining, and delivering the most valuable tech solutions for some of the most pressing business issues.If you enjoy collaborating with people, researching, analysing and problem solving, then a career in agile business analysis is for you.

3. UX Design

Average salary: $90,000

User experience( UX) designers create products that provide meaningful and relevant experiences to users, so if you are a natural problem solver interested in figuring out how to create delightful digital experiences, you can consider picking up this skill.

4. Data Analysis

Average salary: $70,000 

If you enjoy crunching data, and have an analytical bent of mind, a job in data analysis could take you places. IBM has estimated that there will be more than 2.7 million job openings for professionals with data skills by 2020, making it one of the most in demand skills in the market.

5. Artificial Intelligence

Average salary: $80,000

For those interested in machine learning and all the possibilities that it holds, being an AI analyst could be the way to go. When it comes to jobs of the future, few industries stand out as artificial intelligence, making it a great  area to earn your tech chops in .

Interested in knowing more? Check out our awesome tech accelerator programmes!

Want to know more about which tech career would suit you best? Take our free self-assessment quiz and find out!

Recession proof your career

The global economy has plunged into recession. Has your career been affected by this? Find out what technology skills are in strong demand in the foreseeable future as we work our way out of this crisis.

You don’t need to be told that there’s something deeply wrong with the economy right now. The coronavirus crisis has plunged the global economy into a recession, that could mean lost jobs for millions of people.

Despite mass layoffs everywhere and growing concerns over plummeting global markets, tech companies are still going strong, feverishly hiring to take advantage of an economy increasingly going online. As the world moves to a new way of working, tech professionals are going to be essential to drive the crucial switch.

This makes tech one of the most lucrative industries to be in right now. Whether you are at the start of your career, or thinking of upskilling to be more future ready, now is the best time to give your career a boost!

Confused about where to begin? We’ve compiled for you a list of five skills that are expected to be in strong demand in the foreseeable future:


Code is the language of the modern world.  Any smart device needs coding in order for it to work, making coding one of the most important job skills of the future.

But, which language should you begin with? Programming languages in high demand include website-building experience in JavaScript and HTML, R and SAS for statistics, and AutoCAD engineering programs. All-purpose programming languages such as Java, Python, and C++ are valuable, too.

Web Development

Web development involves taking plans and layouts created by web designers, and  coding them into live functioning websites. If you are the creative types, who loves to build things, then a career in web development may be for you.

User Experience

User experience ( or UX as it’s called in tech-jargon) involves researching how humans interact with technology and using that knowledge to improve users’ experience with tech products. Since a positive user experience is an area no company is willing to sacrifice on, it is easy to understand why UX skills are the most relevant skills to have in times of economic uncertainty and recession.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence jobs involve solving real world business problems using the power of AI. 2020 is predicted to be the year when AI goes mainstream. Some of the biggest tech organizations have already begun hiring for AI,  and this number is only expected to grow, making AI one of the most lucrative career choices. 

Data Analysis Skills

A job in data analysis involves using data to enable businesses, communities, consumers and customers to make better decisions. If you are analytical and enjoy finding ways to use data to solve problems, then a career in data analysis may be the pathway for you.

Interested in knowing more? Check out our awesome tech accelerator programmes!

Want to know more about which tech career would suit you best? Take our free self-assessment quiz and find out!