Bringing AI to job seekers with Resume Assistant in Word, powered by LinkedIn

Editor’s note 2/7/2018:
Resume Assistant has begun to roll out to Office 365 consumer and commercial subscribers on Windows. Please see availability below. To learn more about the feature, read the support article. For tips on how to make the most of the Resume Assistant, head over to the LinkedIn blog.

Today’s post was written by Bryan Goode, general manager for Office 365.

Today, at LinkedIn’s headquarters in San Francisco, we announced Resume Assistant, a new feature in Microsoft Word to help Office 365 subscribers craft compelling resumes with personalized insights powered by LinkedIn. With over 80 percent of resumes updated in Word, Resume Assistant helps job seekers showcase accomplishments, be more easily discovered by recruiters, and find their ideal job.

The workplace is changing, impacting not only how people work, but also the frequency with which they change roles, introducing new challenges for job seekers. Nearly 70 percent of people say they have difficulty portraying their work experience effectively, and 50 percent struggle to tailor their resume to a specific job opportunity. Furthermore, job applications on LinkedIn have increased 40 percent year-over-year, signaling increased competition for jobs.

Leveraging the power of LinkedIn, Resume Assistant provides intelligent tools to help job seekers improve their resumes, right from within Word.

  • Leverage relevant examples—See how top people in a field represent their work experience and filter by industry and role for a personalized experience.
  • Identify top skills—Find the most prominent skills for the type of job you’re seeking so you can more easily increase your discoverability.
  • Customize a resume based on real job postings—People can see relevant job listings from LinkedIn’s 11 million open jobs and customize their resume to appeal to recruiters.
  • Get professional help—Easily connect to ProFinder, LinkedIn’s freelance platform, to get additional hands-on resume writing, interview, and career coaching.
  • Let recruiters know you’re open—Candidates can quietly let recruiters know they are open to new opportunities with Open Candidates.

Brief animation showcases Resume Assistant in Word.

Microsoft and LinkedIn are committed to empowering professionals—both in their current jobs and over the course of their career—with innovative new tools that bring together the world’s largest professional cloud with the world’s largest professional network. Look out for more updates in the coming months.

—Bryan Goode

Availability:
Resume Assistant is now available to Office 365 subscribers on Windows whose Word 2016 desktop display language is set to English, who are located in and whose Windows region is set to one of the following region locations: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and United States. The region location setting can be found in the Control Panel under Clock, Language, and Region. Resume Assistant can be found in the Review tab of Word.