LinkedIn can now help you build a better resume in Word

The next time you need to work on your resume in Word, you can get a little help from LinkedIn. Microsoft's latest LinkedIn integration, since acquiring the professional network in 2016, will see it leveraged in Microsoft Word to help Office 365 subscribers craft their resumes.

Called Resume Assistant, the feature combines data from LinkedIn with a little AI assistance to provide suggestions on how to make resumes stand out. Resume Assistant can pull in data directly from LinkedIn to jazz up resumes in a number of different ways. From Microsoft:

  • 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.

Microsoft has been working to bring more and more LinkedIn integrations to its products since acquiring the network. Most recently, Microsoft integrated LinkedIn profiles into, allowing users to view more information about the person with whom you're corresponding.

Resume Assistant is currently rolling out to Office 365 subscribers in the Office Insider program on Windows. The feature will hit general availability and roll out more broadly in the coming months.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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