Microsoft adds LinkedIn Resume Assistant to Office 365

New AI-powered tool uses LinkedIn to help build better CVs

Microsoft, is bringing the power of AI to Office 365 to help job-seekers create better CVs.

Resume Assistant, as the product has been called, was created by LinkedIn, which Microsoft acquired last year, and is integrated with the Word segment of Office 365. According to Microsoft, 80% of CVs are updated in Word and the number of job applications made through LinkedIn is increasing, leading to the creation of the new tool. It will, the company said, help users craft better CVs and make them more competitive in the job market.

Resume Assistant will show examples of CVs from others in a particular field in order to help users properly describe their own work experience. It will also identify the top skills for a particular job, helping the user know what terms and keywords to use for particular jobs to increase their discoverability.

Additionally, Resume Assistant will allow users to customise their resume for recruiters by displaying job postings from LinkedIn and allow them to get help with writing resumes, preparing for interviews, and career coaching from professionals through LinkedIn's ProFinder. With Open Candidates, people can inform recruiters on LinkedIn they are open to new opportunities directly through Word, without alerting their current boss.

"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," Bryan Goode, general manager for Office 365, said.

Resume Assistant will be available this week to English Office 365 subscribers enrolled in the Office Insiders in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, New Zealand, United, Kingdom, and United States of America.

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