Microsoft Integrates Word and LinkedIn with 'Resume Assistant'

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Microsoft also is touting other LinkedIn integrations related to Resume Assistant.

Microsoft is putting its $26 billion LinkedIn acquisition to work with the announcement of Resume Assistant - a new feature for Microsoft Word, free for Office 365 subscribers, that will help you write the flawless resume.

Customize 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. Goode indicated during the presentation that it will be initially available to Word on Office 365, though Microsoft eventually plans to extend it across its full productivity family. This integration is created to make it easier for people to search for others inside their organizations.

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What's interesting with this latest development is that it taps into pre-existing strategies for both Microsoft and LinkedIn.

The company announced today Resume Assistant, a new feature powered by LinkedIn that can help Office 365 subscribers create a compelling resume by using insights from the professional social network.

On the part of LinkedIn, it has a long history of working on ways to essentially mimic or even replace the function of a resume for its members.

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For example, Resume Assistant shows the most common skills and phrases associated with the job titles that appear in the user's resume.

If successful people in your line of work use the terms "project management" and "corporate finance", Resume Assistant will suggest you do, too. 30% said that they don't know how others in their role describe themselves, and about 80% said that it would be helpful to be able to see other resumes from their industry.

Resume Assistant is still in preview stage.

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