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Microsoft announces Resume Assistant; a new way to craft your CV

November 09, 2017

Microsoft has launched Resume Assistant; a new LinkedIn-powered tool within Word through which employees can amplify their CV.

Microsoft has remained relatively mum on new developments since its acquisition of LinkedIn, though the Redmond giant has now debuted its first major tool with its newest child company in the form of Resume Assistant.

Resume Assistant is a new feature within Microsoft Word that aggregates data from professionals in a similar field to a user, and then enables jobseekers to craft a resume that accurately depicts their skills and previous experience as well as capabilities in the work place.

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The new feature works hand-in-hand with LinkedIn learning, which enables users to take courses to develop strengths in areas which they may either be lacking in or may not have been exposed to before.

Resume Assistant further provides users with relevant job listings from listings present on LinkedIn, along with further details of what that job may require. The Assistant further provides job seekers with a new feature dubbed Open Candidates, which signals to recruiters on LinkedIn that a user is open to new opportunities.

Resume Assistant is scheduled to roll out to Microsoft Insiders starting this week on Windows, and will be made available to Office 365 subscribers within the coming months.

Microsoft reported that one of the leading reasons behind the creation of Resume Assistant was to help job seekers better portray their character, skills, and experience in the marketplace – citing a recent study, the company’s general manager for Office 365, Bryan Goode, quipped that nearly 70% of US-based professionals felt that they did not know whether they were portraying themselves correctly.

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