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Microsoft today detailed one of the deepest integrations between Office 365 and its blue-chip acquisition LinkedIn: a new tool designed to help people write better resumes using Word.

Resume Assistant lives within Word, where Microsoft says 80 percent of resumes are built, and leverages data from more than 500 million LinkedIn users and 11 million job postings. Users can get inspiration from others in their field and see how people represent their work experience and skills. The tool also helps users see key skills for the type of job they’re looking for.

Users can also signal to recruiters that they are looking for a job and connect to LinkedIn’s freelance program ProFinder to get help writing and editing their resume.

“The workplace is changing, impacting not only how people work, but also the frequency with which they change roles, introducing new challenges for job seekers,” Bryan Goode, general manager for Office 365, wrote in a blog post. “Nearly 70 percent of people say they have difficulty portraying their work experience effectively, and 50 percent struggle to tailor their resume to a specific job opportunity. Furthermore, job applications on LinkedIn have increased 40 percent year-over-year, signaling increased competition for jobs.”

Resume Assistant is available tomorrow for members of the Office Insiders program and will be rolling out more broadly to Office 365 over the coming months.

Microsoft completed its $26.2 billion purchase of LinkedIn close to one year ago, and it has been rolling out new integrations ever since. Microsoft debuted a new LinkedIn app for Windows 10 in July, which displays messages, updates and notifications through the Windows Action Center.

Resume Assistant lives within Microsoft Word and uses LinkedIn to help people write resumes. (Microsoft Photo)

Then in September, Microsoft announced that Office 365 will include a new “profile card” that can display LinkedIn information. This integration is designed to make it easier for people to search for others inside their organizations.

Last year, the two companies detailed a few of the first integrations they were pursuing, providing a roadmap for the work between Microsoft and LinkedIn. Some of those integrations have been unveiled, and others are still on the way.

  • LinkedIn identity and network in Microsoft Outlook and the Office suite
  • LinkedIn notifications within the Windows action center
  • Enabling members drafting résumés in Word to update their profiles, and discover and apply to jobs on LinkedIn
  • Extending the reach of Sponsored Content across Microsoft properties
  • Enterprise LinkedIn Lookup powered by Active Directory and Office 365
  • LinkedIn Learning available across the Office 365 and Windows ecosystem
  • Developing a business news desk across our content ecosystem and
  • Redefining social selling through the combination of Sales Navigator and Dynamics 365
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