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Microsoft Continue LinkedIn Integration Efforts with ‘Resume Assistant’ for Word

Following on from their recent integration of LinkedIn profile data with the Outlook email platform, Microsoft have now begun to roll out their latest integration feature, this time providing assistance to Office 365 subscribers when attempting to compose a compelling resume on MS Word.

Rather appropriately named “Resume Assistant”, the software provides users with valuable insights gleaned from popular professional networking platform LinkedIn, which Microsoft acquired back in 2016 for an astounding sum of $26.2 billion.

Explaining the apparent need for such software in the modern professional landscape, Microsoft said the following:

“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% of people say they have difficulty portraying their work experience effectively, and 50% struggle to tailor their resume to a specific job opportunity. Furthermore, job applications on LinkedIn have increased 40% year-over-year, signalling increased competition for jobs.”

The above factors, combined with the fact that over 80% of CVs are reportedly updated using Word, make the integration of the two popular applications a valuable asset for any job seeker looking for help in how to showcase their accomplishments and secure their ideal job.

As summarised by Microsoft within their official blog post, the Resume Assistant tool will:
  • Leverage relevant examples - See how top people in a field represent their work experience and filter by industry and role for a personalised 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.
  • Customise 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.
The Resume Assistant tool for Microsoft Word will begin rolling out for Office 365 Subscribers enrolled in the Office Insiders program on Windows Desktop, providing they also use English display language, as of this week. Initially available in the countries of Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, New Zealand, The United Kingdom, and The United States, the tool will be made available for more platforms and markets over the coming months.

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