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Introduction to LinkedIn Resume Assistant in Word

By: Professor Corinne Hoisington

A resume is the first impression that you make to potential employers when you start your job search. A resume is a summary of your education, past work experience, skills, and achievements. It should be tailored to highlight the relevant skills for a specific job and industry. Microsoft recently purchased LinkedIn, the world’s leading social networking site, to create a powerful tool called the LinkedIn Resume assistant. The LinkedIn Resume Assistant uses artificial intelligence (AI), which matches your job title and industry with job descriptions in your field and skill sets.
Get Started with Resume Assistant
The LinkedIn Resume Assistant launches automatically when you open a resume or vita, regardless of whether you are creating it from scratch or using a template in Microsoft Word. The Resume Assistant can be opened manually from the Review tab by clicking on the Resume Assistant button. Microsoft Office 365 subscribers have access to the Resume Assistant feature.
Click Get Started the first time you open Resume Assistant. To personalize your search for the right job, enter the role or position you are applying for, such “marketing assistant” or “computer software”. You can also add an industry such as psychology, healthcare, or business to see examples that are more closely related to your chosen career path.
The Resume Assistant pulls examples from similar fields on LinkedIn to help you write your resume. The work experience samples don’t contain any personal identifying information. You can make your LinkedIn profile public or private by changing the privacy settings.
Some roles have “Filter examples based on top skills”, which allows you to narrow down your results further. If you choose “nurse”, you can filter by hospitals, patient safety management, clinical research, and healthcare.
View the Top Skills in Your Career Path
Microsoft Word’s Resume Assistant displays data from over 500 million LinkedIn users and 11,000,000 job postings. The Resume Assistant pane displays work experience samples. Below these, the Top Skills sections displays the LinkedIn listing of the most commonly used skills for the particular employment pathway. These skills may vary from one company to the next. Employers and recruiters will be able to see what skills you have by incorporating them into your resume.
The more skills you have, the higher your chances of being contacted by hiring mangers. Many companies scan submitted resumes for keywords and other skills. A visually appealing resume was a strong way to impress a hiring manager before the advent of online applications. However, due to the widespread use of Applicant tracking systems (ATS), resume content, particularly keywords, has become the new way to get past the initial robot screening and into the hands of human beings.
Find Your Next Job
To jumpstart your job search, Resume Assistant will show you relevant job listings based on your chosen industry and role. You can also explore the details of the job by clicking on the job openings.
Resume Assistant offers an option to turn on Open Candidates. This option signals recruiters that you are open for new opportunities. It also increases your chances of hearing from recruiters in your chosen field.
This video will show you how to use Microsoft Word’s Resume assistant to showcase your unique work experience and skill set and land your dream job.

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