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Microsoft Word’s Resume Assistant leverages data from LinkedIn.

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Microsoft Word does more than format your résumé to perfection. It can also help you figure out the optimal way to phrase it, using real-time data from LinkedIn.

Resume Assistant, available with an Office 365 subscription, scans your résumé for a recent job title, then pulls up anonymised data from LinkedIn public profiles to show you how others with similar positions describe their roles. This makes it easy to spot relevant trends. For example, you might notice certain keywords are gaining traction in your field or that a majority of people include a specific statistic in their résumés and then adapt yours accordingly. Resume Assistant is an English-language feature. To use it, the display language in Word must be set to English.

You’ll also be able to see the top skills for your job title (an easy way to ensure you haven’t omitted an important one) and check that you’re using the most popular naming conventions for skills you’ve listed (crucial now that many recruiters scan résumés for keywords).

You can further narrow the results by industry or top skill. And if you’re looking for a career change, search for a different job title altogether.

Firm up your next steps
For additional assistance, check out Resume Assistant’s links to helpful LinkedIn articles about topics like pitfalls to avoid while job hunting, best practices to consider throughout your search and even a list of jobs that you may be interested in.

And once you’re ready to interview, scroll to the bottom of the Resume Assistant pane to let recruiters know you’re open to new opportunities.

To get started, open your résumé in Microsoft Word (version 16.3 or later) or create a new résumé template. Access it from the ribbon by clicking Review, then the Resume Assistant icon on the far right, to start rethinking your résumé with a fresh, data-driven approach.

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