One year has passed since Microsoft acquired LinkedIn for $26 billion, promising to closely link the service with its Office suite of applications. Microsoft is introducing an even more useful addition to LinkedIn i.e. Resume Assistant.
Office 365 subscribers will now get direct LinkedIn integration while building a resume in Word. The AI-powered assistant works by picking out job descriptions in an existing resume and finding similar public examples on LinkedIn to help job seekers curate a better description.
Microsoft claims that more than 80 percent of resumes are updated in Word, which could make this new assistant super useful to a ton of people, many of whom change roles and jobs much faster than in the past. While you could simply copy the descriptions, Microsoft is only surfacing them in a side section in Word and not allowing users to simply drag and drop them into documents.
The assistant will enable its users to customize their resume based on actual job postings and to get professional help via LinkedIn’s freelance platform, ProFinder. This platform will help with writing resumes, interviewing and career coaching.
Another interesting feature in resume assistant is that you will be able to tell recruiters on LinkedIn that you’re open to a new job without giving alert to your current organization’s bosses, editing within Word.
The update is currently rolling out to English Office 365 users of the Office Insiders program this week. It will be soon available for countries like Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, New Zealand, the UK and the US initially. The update will eventually roll out to other Microsoft’s platforms and countries in upcoming months.
Along with updating its software and apps in an adequate timeline, Microsoft also has supports companies to develop their computing platforms globally like recently it has taken an initiative in Pakistan to support non-profit organizations with cloud and software solutions.