Have you every spent long hours on building and updating your resume in Microsoft Word? Microsoft Word's team and LinkedIn have come up with - Resume Assistant. Office 365 subscribers will now get direct LinkedIn integration when they’re building a resume in Word.
LinkedIn First, Resume Later!
The Microsoft and LinkedIn teams want you to fill your LinkedIn profile first and update your resume later. In their blog post, they write "Figuring out how to put your best foot forward can be challenging when you’re looking for a new opportunity. Your LinkedIn profile should be the first place you go to update your career journey and to reflect your professional experience and interests. Your profile not only helps to establish connections, it ensures that recruiters can find you for new opportunities, and your network can provide the connection to the ones you’re interested in."
How does the Resume Assistant work?
In the blog post shared on LinkedIn by their team, the workings of the assistant seem very simple and easy to use. According to their team, the resume assistant works by picking out job descriptions in an existing resume and finding similar public examples on LinkedIn to help job seekers create a better description. Resume Assistant will pull LinkedIn insights from millions of member profiles so you can see diverse examples of how professionals in that role describe their work.
Discovering more jobs!
The benefit of Microsoft-LinkedIn's Resume Assistant is not just with assistance in creating an effective Resume for you but also in helping you get a job. According to their team, "Within Resume Assistant you'll also see relevant job listings from LinkedIn's 11 million+ active job openings to jump start your search. Along with job openings, you'll see details of what the job requires, helping you to tailor your resume to a specific role. "
If you see something you like, you can go directly to the job opening on LinkedIn where you can learn more about the opportunity and apply. Within Resume Assistant you'll also see the option to turn on Open Candidates. This feature on LinkedIn quietly signals to recruiters that you’re open to new opportunities, and makes you twice as likely to hear from recruiters.
This feature is still being rolled-out. You should get access to this feature as a part of the Office 365 subscribers and then more widely to other Word users in future months.