Microsoft Word can help you build a better resume, with help from LinkedIn

Today, Microsoft is announcing Resume Assistant, a feature that's coming to Word that's meant to help you to "craft more compelling resumes". It works by pulling in insights from LinkedIn, helping applicants showcase the right skills, and more.

Microsoft says that it conducted a study, and the four biggest pain points when it comes to creating a resume have to do with "wordsmithing". 60% of users said that they didn't know if they were portraying themselves in the best way, and over 50% said that tailoring their resume to a specific job was a roadblock to success. 30% said that they don't know how others in their role describe themselves, and about 80% said that it would be helpful to be able to see other resumes from their industry.

Resume Assistant aims to help with all of that, and insights from the data collected from millions of LinkedIn users - many of whom are likely in the same field as you - can help users to see if they're doing it right. Microsoft says that around 80% of resumes are created in Word, so LinkedIn integration should create a unique value proposition.

Users will be able to see the most popular skills that are listed on LinkedIn profiles, and then they can add them to their resume. You can also check out relevant work experience examples, and check out articles on writing tips. You can even use ProFinder to get professional help.

Resume Assistant is rolling out this week for Office Insiders on Windows, with the feature rolling out broadly over the coming months.

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