Microsoft Office 2019 is ready to roll the second half of 2018 (think September) and wait until you see some the exciting new features that allow your creative juices to flow. In this posting, let me start with my personal favorite - Microsoft Word and the LinkedIn Resume Assistant. Microsoft purchased LinkedIn in 2016 for 26.2 billion dollars and now we see why! Microsoft is bringing artificial intelligence to your student's job search with a new LinkedIn-powered feature in Word called Resume Assistant. The LinkedIn Resume Assistant launches a right pane automatically, when you have a resume or vita. You can open it manually on the Review tab by clicking the Resume Assistant button.
Microsoft states that more than 80% of resumes are updated in Word, which could make this new assistant very useful to our students in higher education, many of whom change roles and jobs much faster than in the past. Resume Assistant brings in examples from other job seekers in your chosen field to help a student describe their work experience in their resume. The most prominent skills from LinkedIn are listed in the panel to assist our students in adding terms to include in their resume, kind of like keywords for jobs. A student can search for the job title and industry, for example a data scientist in the hospital/medical industry.
The assistant will also help a student customize her resume based on actual job postings, get professional help via LinkedIn's freelance platform, ProFinder, for help with writing resumes, interviewing and career coaching. Tell recruiters on LinkedIn that they are open to a new job without alerting their current bosses from within Word. (Whew!)
So stay tuned for many more features in my next postings!
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