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Microsoft releases Resume Assistant, a new tool that helps Office 365 users build a resume using LinkedIn insights. It is currently accessible from Office 365 Insiders.

The Assistant pulls insights from millions of member profiles that are similar to a user’s desired role and industry. That way, people crafting resumes can see how similar people describe their work. There is also a selection in Resume Assistant to turn on Open Candidates to quietly signal to recruiters that a user is open to a new job.

When Microsoft’s $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn officially closed at the end of the last year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella outlined a handful of immediate- ‘term priorities for integrating the companies’ technologies. Enabling members drafting resumes in Word to update their profiles, discover and apply to jobs on LinkedIn was on that list.

Microsoft is also supporting other LinkedIn integrations related to Resume Assistant. If users see a job posting or suggested skill in Resume Assistant that they are lacking, they can take an online LinkedIn Learning class to flesh out their resume. And users have a choice to connect with professional resume writers via LinkedIn’s freelance hiring.

Resume Assistant is available at present to Office 365 subscribers as part of the Insiders program and those subscribers must have the latest version of Word on Windows. It will be generally accessible to Office 365/Microsoft 365 subscribers “in the coming months.” Resume Assistant will be available in all Office 365 commercial and consumer plans, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed.

Microsoft officials said they are working on other unspecified integrations between Office 365 and Resume Assistant for future delivery.

 

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