Amazing. Is AI being used to write e-mail replies?

So what is this all about, Is AI being used to write e-mail replies?

Now we’ve all heard about AI, or Artificial Intelligence, and quite often this is a term used in marketing for well wrapped boolean logic.

There is a form of AI from a company called OpenAI that is creating a deep learning model, and thus a truly artificial intelligence.

Here is a link to an article to ZDnet for further reading on this is below. Today’s tip is for a product coming out of the research of OpenAI’s technology GPT-3.

The product is Magic E-mail. It is claimed to be able to help reply to an e-mail, looking at the context of the sending e-mail, and from a single line response that the user provides.

It will draft a full e-mail in reply. To find out more follow this link and get your self on the public beta program.

Magic e-mail

So you know if you follow my link, you’ll help me get higher up the public beta waiting list, so come on help a geek out, sign up to see how scary the future looks!

If you’re not so bothered if AI is being used to write e-mail replies in your e-mail perhaps you’d like to write yourself with greater accuracy using Grammarly

We’re hiring

These words are like music to a job hunters ears.

This tip is showing how big data can be presented in a purposeful way and can become a tool. In this case, the tool is datastudio by Google.

DataStudio is requested to create a database of all entries currently live in Linkedin that have in there posted “We’re hiring”

The “We’re hiring” sheet lays out all the global post, showing categories, such as the job sector, geographical location, their person creating the post in Linkedin and other information on salary if it’s available.

Review the site, and all will become clear.

We’re Hiring Database

Are you considering moving home location if the job is right for you?

What is your salary expectation?

If you’re in a permanent job interview cycle, do you know how much to ask for?

I’ve come across the following site recently, and while there could be some use, they don’t seem to have very much data from UK salaries.

The best source for salary expectation data, I’ve seen so far is Linkedin found behind their paywall for Linkedin Premium.

Do you know better sources?

Wait! Did you ask yourself the right question?

This is the one question, you need to answer through out your CV?

I was once coached on creating a boastful, SMART CV/Resume; this was one tip that has remained from that session.

For each paragraph or sentence. They asked me? So what?

Did you ask yourself the right question?

This is a brutal way of clarifying by yourself. If what you’ve written conveys a lesson learnt? Does it show you added a skill or technique? Or materially did you improve the buisness due to your efforts?

Such a statement as this.

“I managed twenty staff, producing widgets for the aerospace industry.”

Would turn into

“As a new manager in XYZ Aerospace Ltd. I took an underperforming team of twenty staff, through Lean production training. In parrallel I helped the senior mangement team restructuring the incentive scheme. Through these changes I was able to increase the department’s widget production by 30% in six months.”


“As a carpenter, I build Welsh Dressers, Using only hand tools.”

Would turn into

“I’ve passed my City and Guilds exams to level 5 in Carpentry. Under the guidance of a master crafts man, I’m now a expert cabinetmaker. I’ve spent the past five years building full Welsh Dressers, using traditional handtool techniques.

If you need more help in writing the perfect CV try reading this post Writing the Perfect CV

So. Did you ask yourself the right question?

Descript, a guide on notes taking

How many times are you leading a project, where you are setting the agenda, and somehow you need to keep track of meeting minutes.

While we want to believe we can multitask, known as quick-shifting, it has been proven that we have reduced attention and focus when multitasking.

My first experience of office life was from around 1983 where my mum was in the typing pool, typing up either her shorthand notes or transcribing the very modern small dictation cassettes.

Thankfully the world has moved on. Today as long as the appropriate notice is given to the attendees of a meeting. It is simple to make a recording of a meeting.

The issue does go back to what I saw my mum doing, which was making sense of the meeting flow, creating issue and decisions logs, as well as assigning time-based actions to the relevant participants.

This is where today’s tech tip comes in handy.

Descript is an audio transcription software, that will detect differences in the people speaking and create a detailed transcript.

If it only did this it would be cleaver; it does a lot more besides.

It works as a transcript and in parallel a high-end audio editor.
With the click of a button, it can remove all the long pauses in the recording. Take out hums and ahs, balance the sound level of different speakers and lots more.

One of the most ingenious features is to recognise the tone of different speakers and create an automated prompt to label each speaker in the text file. As a result, the program identifies each speakers words and audio waveform with individual colour coding for easy tracking.

Once you’ve got a transcript with the participants highlighted, text tightened up, using common word-finding functions, you can edit the text; for example, you can remove the start and end of meeting preambles.

It is super quick to export a transcript in MS Word document style. You can select how much mark up detail of speakers, and the timing you require. This could either be the master record of the meeting or used for editing into a more concise record of events.

Other uses of this product are to create subtitles for video applications (a legal requirement for all online content in the US) as well as producing transcripts for Podcasts, which create an excellent searchable source of information, driving web search traffic to an information-rich podcast.

This is one of my longer tech tips, while Descript is such a powerful tool, I’m sure lots of you will be using this or something similar in the years to come.

Start a trial today and let me know how you get on.

Writing the Perfect CV

Customise your CV per job application with

The last time I mentioned Applicant Tracking Systems. ATS there was an acknowledgement that my network wasn’t fully aware of how they affected your job application process.

(see my last post here How to reach a recruiting manager )

Today’s tip is for a CV writing service, that isn’t based on personal opinion or concept of the “single best CV”. is a bespoke CV writing service, that will help get your application in front of a human recruiter.

Rezi is a paid service that will speed up the process of crafting the CV to the desired job description.

Using this service will help you get to the next phase in the process, the Job interview.

There is a free preview available

How many of you tried out my last tip and found that the job description and company that you entered had a known ATS behind it?

Linkedin name pronunciation guides.

What would you say in 10 seconds?

LinkedIn has introduced a new option available from you’re Android phone or iPhone.

If you navigate to you’re profile page, you’ll see a prompt to record your name pronunciation.

Now it’s up to you if you record your name or something more fun.

Go on and have a go, let me know when you’ve done it?

Note this doesn’t work from the desktop LinkedIn website and only a phone app.

Writing with accuracy

Grammarly an every day writers tool

How many times do you read an e-mail you’ve just sent, and you spot a simple grammatical error? 

Okay, so maybe you’ve become used to being at work you use Microsoft Word to draft your documents, and you’re used to a background spell checker. And all is well with the world. 

Now you’re online and sending e-mails via a web browser and all of a sudden there’s no safety net, or do you read a past Linkedin message and think how did I write that?

Enter Grammarly; it’s an elegant program, that can sit as a plug-in on you’re favourite web browser. 

It has free offering very features rich, where it takes spell checking to the next level, advising on grammar, split into four areas, Correctness, Clarity, Engagement, and Delivery. 

Rather than gushing on how useful it is, go and have a look for yourselves. 


P.S would you think that I’d written 32k words last month and that my vocabulary is 93% than the average Grammarly users, how do you think you’d fare?

How to be successful in reaching a recruiting manager?

ATS and AI CV filtering and why you need to craft each CV for each job application.

Application Tracking Systems Wikipedia entry wordcloud ATS

Have you ever wondered how recruiters select candidates from hundreds of CVs?

Or have you thought? I’m not getting any response to my CV that I paid to have created.

Here is what you can try searching for on the web. “CV/Resume Optimisation” and “recruiting ATS”. (Applicant Tracking System)

Most medium and large companies talent acquisition departments will be using automated/AI way of selecting the most appropriate CV.

Explained in it’s the simplest form. An ATS provides a read/no read indication to the recruiting manager.

The ATS process will compare the published job descriptions, to the content of the candidate’s CV, reducing hundreds of CV’s to a top 10 or less. is an excellent example of how the ATS filter process works.

Jobscan provide a demonstration of there software, currently with five free reviews of your CV comparing it to the job description you’d like to apply for.

Jobscan have also created an extensive resource, which explains the CV filtering process. I’ve found it can help demystify why your CV isn’t getting you the vital job interview. (

If you find this intresting or useful, please add a comment and give your feedback of any experiences you’ve had with ATS based job applications/recruiting. 

How much soundproofing do I need for a room

I’ve recently been ask “Would you know what the Db level requirement would be for an edit room?

This question could equally be taken for a meeting room or an executive office.

Technically speaking we’d make a room perform to a written specification known as the Noise Criterion (NC) or Noise rating Curve (NR) This takes any subjectivity out of the final hand over of any room, as a proof of design can be made by a simple measurement of noise across a frequency range of 63Hz to 6.3KHz with-in the room.

In terms of a non critical listening edit room a NC value of between NC25 and NC30 is adequate quality, where there is a trade-off on cost of building works and the lower you go in NC curve level, pragmatically you’d always building something with as quiet as system as possible.

What is stopping me getting a perfectly quiet edit room?

For example if each room is going to have a local split A/C fan unit installed this item will affect the background noise level the most. (Typical indoor units run around 29/36dBA)  Continue reading