Microsoft is bringing the power of AI to Office 365 to help job-seekers create better resumes.
The new Office 365 Resume Assistant was created by LinkedIn, which Microsoft acquired last year, and is integrated with Word.
According to Microsoft, 80% of résumés are updated in Word and the number of job applications made through LinkedIn is increasing, leading to the creation of the new tool. It will help users craft better résumés and make them more competitive in the job market, the company says.
Resume Assistant will show examples of résumés from others in a particular field in order to help users properly describe their own work experience. It will also identify the top skills for a particular job, helping the user know what terms and keywords to use for particular jobs to increase their discoverability.
Additionally, Resume Assistant will allow users to customise their resume for recruiters by displaying job postings from LinkedIn and allow them to get help with writing résumés, preparing for interviews, and career coaching from professionals through LinkedIn's ProFinder. With Open Candidates, people can inform recruiters on LinkedIn they are open to new opportunities directly through Word, without alerting their current boss.
“Microsoft and LinkedIn are committed to empowering professionals – both in their current jobs and over the course of their career – with innovative new tools that bring together the world's largest professional cloud with the world's largest professional network,” said Bryan Goode, general manager for Office 365.
Resume Assistant will be available this week to English-language Office 365 subscribers enrolled in the Office Insiders in Australia and several other countries, according to a Microsoft blog post.