How to Use the New LinkedIn Resume Assistant in Microsoft Word

Getting help writing the perfect resume for a new position in your existing company or an entirely new job just got a bit easier.

Microsoft Word LinkedIn Resume Assistant

Resumes continue to be a valuable tool when applying for any new position. Your resume is your opportunity to shine a spotlight on your skills and expertise so that others will recognize you as the perfect person to fill the new job. Writing the best resume does present a challenge: how to showcase your accomplishments in just a few words.

Fortunately, there now is help in the form of Microsoft Word’s new Resume Assistant.

Resume Assistant in Word helps get your creative juices flowing by showing you examples of how real people — professionals in the fields you’re interested in — describe their work experience and skills. Resume Assistant shows personalized insights gathered from LinkedIn, based on the desired role you are interested in. Resume Assistant also includes examples of suggested skills and work experience summaries to help you stand out.

Note: This feature is available to Office 365 Windows subscribers. If you are an Office 365 Windows subscriber, make sure you have the latest version of Office. If you are a subscriber and don’t see Resume Assistant, check out Not seeing Resume Assistant?

Using Resume Assistant in Microsoft Word

  1. Open Resume Assistant by going to Review > Resume Assistant (the first time you do this, click Get Started in the pane).
  2. Type the role you are interested in, such as “Customer Service Representative,” and industry, such as insurance or financial services. Click See examples, and Resume Assistant shows you work experience descriptions from LinkedIn profiles of users with similar titles. You can use these examples as inspiration for writing your description.
  3. In addition to the examples of work experience, Resume Assistant also shows you top skills related to the role, as identified by LinkedIn. For ideas on how to weave relevant skills into your descriptions, filter the examples by the skills you have.
  4. Resume Assistant also surfaces open job opportunities listed on LinkedIn that might interest you. Use the short descriptions for ideas on how to tailor your resume even further. When you finish editing your resume, you can click on these jobs to learn more or apply for the job.

You do not need a LinkedIn account to use Resume Assistant, although you can sign in to LinkedIn (or sign up for an account) when you follow a link from Word to the LinkedIn site.

Tip: In certain English-language locales, when you start a new resume based on one of Word’s resume templates, Resume Assistant opens automatically. Also, if Word detects that you are working on a resume, it opens Resume Assistant for you.

Public profiles and privacy

The work experience examples are drawn from public profiles on LinkedIn, and they are based on the roles and industries you choose, so you get ideas on how to tailor your descriptions. Remember, the descriptions are examples only. Your resume reflects you, not someone else, so don’t just copy and paste.

Because Resume Assistant is showing you public profiles, you only see the experience and skill descriptions, not who they belong to. If you have a LinkedIn account, the information you share in your public profile is available to be shown in Resume Assistant. You can opt out by changing your LinkedIn privacy settings.

Not seeing Resume Assistant?

Resume Assistant is available only in Word 2016 for Windows, and only a few locale and language settings are supported. This feature is only available if you have an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, make sure you have the latest version of Office.

Note: Resume Assistant is available only when you are editing a document, so the ribbon button will appear dimmed when you have opened a document that you do not have permission to edit, and anytime you open a document as read-only.

Turn On LinkedIn Integration

If the Resume Assistant button appears dimmed and you are editing the document, then LinkedIn integration has been switched off. Switch it on by going to File > Options, and on the General tab select the Show LinkedIn Features in My Office Applications checkbox. For more information about this setting, click on the About LinkedIn Features.

Additionally, your organization’s Office 365 administrator might have made Resume Assistant unavailable to you.

Resume Assistant is another example of Microsoft’s ongoing work to integrate LinkedIn features and functionality into the Microsoft Office ecosystem.

What other tools have you used to create the perfect resume?

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