Microsoft Corp. is trying to make Office 365 apps more user-friendly by incorporating features of LinkedIn into them. After the LinkedIn integration with Outlook.com, which was announced last month, Microsoft has now added the Resume Assistant in Office Word. It is an AI (Artificial Intelligence)-backed tool which can help users create more compelling resumes and improve their chances of landing better jobs.
Microsoft claims 70% of users face difficulty when it comes to expressing their work experience effectively, 50% struggle to make changes to their resume for specific jobs and 80% of resumes are updated on Word.
To use this tool, open Word and click on Review>Resume Assistant on the top right side of the Word interface. This will open a thin panel on the right side. All your queries and suggestions on Resume Assistant will show here.
Resume Assistant allows users to customise their resumes based on relevant job listings on LinkedIn which they can now see within Word. If you are having trouble drafting your work description, you can use the Resume Assistant to see how others with similar job profile and industry are portraying their work description. To take advantage of this, fill the ‘Role’ and ‘Industry’ tabs in the Resume Assistant and it will show examples with work description of others.
To help users keep up with the fast evolving job market, the Resume Assistant can identify top skills which are required for a particular role and industry. This will increase user’s discoverability to potential employers.
The other advantage of Resume Assistant is that it makes LinkedIn tools such as ProFinder and Open Candidates available in Word. The former provides additional assistance on resume writing while the latter allows users to share their career goals and interest with recruiters on LinkedIn.
Resume Assistant in Word will roll out first to users in US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Spain and New Zealand who have an Office 365 subscription and who have also signed up for Office Insiders program on Windows desktop. It will be available to all users and markets in the next few months.