Microsoft Word and LinkedIn will now help you write a killer resume

Jeff Weiner, Satya Nadella, Reid HoffmanMicrosoftJeff Weiner (left), Satya Nadella (middle), Reid Hoffman (right)
  • Resume Assistant is a new feature for Microsoft Word that uses LinkedIn data to help you write a killer resume.
  • It’s the newest example of Microsoft putting its $US26 billion LinkedIn acquisition to work, using its data to make the Microsoft Office 365 suite even better.

Microsoft is putting its $US26 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 perfect resume. 

If you’re writing a resume in Microsoft Word, as many do, Resume Assistant sits in the sidebar, using LinkedIn to find how other people with similar job titles describe their skills and responsibilities.

If successful people in your line of work use the terms “project management” and “corporate finance,” Resume Assistant will suggest you do, too. The idea is to make you sound amazing on paper, so you get the interview.

A video is worth a thousand words, so here’s Resume Assistant:

When Microsoft bought LinkedIn in 2016, it told Wall Street that a major value was in the data inside the professional social network. This is a great example of that promise coming to life: It’s Microsoft using LinkedIn to sweeten the pot for Office 365, its increasingly popular $US99/year subscription service.

Meanwhile, Salesforce  — the $US73 billion enterprise software giant that competed with Microsoft over the LinkedIn buy and lost  — is pushing against the supremacy of Microsoft Office with its own Quip app. And Google is going after jobseekers, too, with a search engine for job listings.

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