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Microsoft Launches LinkedIn-Powered Resume Assistant For Office 365 Subscribers 23

Microsoft and LinkedIn have launched their Resume Assistant, a Word-integrated tool that aims to help you write your resume by suggesting work experience descriptions pulled from similar LinkedIn profiles and requirements from real job postings. "The feature is available to Microsoft Office 365 subscribers, but one does not need a LinkedIn account to use it," reports Quartz. From the report: What's more, when you're done, Resume Assistant promises to "surface relevant job opportunities for you directly within Microsoft Word." The tool is the newest product to come out of Microsoft's takeover of LinkedIn, the high price of which raised more questions than it answered. Industry analysts speculated that Microsoft might have more up its sleeve than just trying to snag more users -- offering companies an entire hiring, learning, and training package, perhaps.
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Microsoft Launches LinkedIn-Powered Resume Assistant For Office 365 Subscribers

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  • Clippy Lives (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bobstreo ( 1320787 ) on Friday February 16, 2018 @03:31AM (#56133596)

    It's nice that every resume prepared using this will look exactly like every resume prepared using this.

    Maybe you could use a little better paper stock. It should make your future POP!

    • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
      Clippy helps keep all the gov work neat and listed.
      "Discovering NSA Code Names Via LinkedIn" (July 12, 2013) []
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Condescending buttholes at Monkeyshit Corp feast on misery and suffering of desperation. What else is new.

    • It actually sounds like it could be useful for grabbing common ways of describing things to get your resume past the HR filters. You have to get through those before a real human would end up looking at your formatting.
    • That is precisely the point. This is for HR to be able to click boxes for what they want and have a list of people with the desired skills and traits fall out the bottom. It will work as simply as making a query against the census.

      Just like statistics, it will never tell the whole story. The fact that real-life human experience has very little to do with the resume is irrelevant. This is one step in the silent march toward the goal of having every aspect of every citizen quantified or modeled in some way.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 16, 2018 @03:33AM (#56133600)

    ... than resumes.

    It's the rat race personified.

    • 1. Spell things correctly, use correct capitalization, etc.
      2. Don't copy and paste 50 bullet points from one job to the next
      3. Don't lie

      I've reviewed probably 100 resumes in the past year, and these things will kill your chances. As much as it annoys me, I can be persuaded to overlook 1 and 2... because you never know when something will slip through a spell-check, or if things get digitally mangled, or a recruiting agency takes it upon themselves to 'reformat' things. But if you make it to a phone scr

  • using your computer's word to get a new job!

    You simply can't get more productive than that???

  • I started typing Position: Electronics Recycler, and the FBI came to my door within minutes. Thanks Clippy for looking out for us.
  • So now we have quasi AI-programs rating resumes. While the algorithms can't be blatantly biased, you can be sure that anyone with an or email account will be ranked lower than someone from a account. Is that a smart algorithm or just age discrimination by another name?
  • when AI replaces your current 9-to-5 job Clippy will be there. Wherever there is injustice, you will find The Three Amigos! namely, Microsoft, Linked In, and Clippy

  • by Anonymous Coward

    So let me get this straight..

    Corporations are the main purchasers of Office 365 for their staff.
    But Microsoft is now including a tool to help their staff create resumes (so as to make it easier to change jobs to other companies)


    What sort of idiot came up with this bright idea?

  • I was vaguely interested in this - it's an app that's needed writing for years because writing a CV/resume is a tiresome activity at the best of times.

    The thing I really don't want is frikkin' job ads in my word processor - who thought this was a good idea!? Most of us have perfectly good web browsers for such things (granted, Microsoft only have Edge, but still...). Why I'd want any of that functionality added to my word processor is a mystery.

    Now... if they made Linkedin a bit better, that would be useful engineering. But adding even more code to Word seems like a foolish endeavour to me. Linkedin just needs an "export my profile to Word format" and all the useful bits of this story would be taken care of.

  • I am looking forward to Clippy offering suggestions on how to better word experiences. "I see that you worked at McDonald's. Why not go by the title 'Burger Engineer'?"
  • by forkfail ( 228161 ) on Friday February 16, 2018 @10:29AM (#56134714)

    Would be a shame if something were to... happen to it.

    A resume like that - it could go up like a tinderbox.

    But - you could be safe. You really could. And it's so easy. All you need to do is get some 365 insurance for it. Then you can sleep easy at night, knowing that Microsoft and LinkedIn are making sure that you remain a viable job seeker.

    You DO want to remain a viable job seeker, don't you?

  • by BirdBrained ( 661622 ) on Friday February 16, 2018 @11:04AM (#56134920)
    I'm sure HR is thrilled that our corporate Office 365 subscription is helping current employees find better jobs elsewhere.

Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder. -- Dr. Laurence J. Peter