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Write your best resume with help from LinkedIn and Resume Assistant

Resume Assistant helps get your creative juices flowing by showing you examples of how real people — in the fields, you’re interested in — describe their work experience and skills.

This feature is available to Office 365 Subscribers only.

Start Resume Assistant

Go to Review > Resume Assistant (The first time you do this, click Get started in the pane).

On the Review tab, click Resume Assistant. If it's the first time you've used Resume Assistant, click Get started.

Type the role you’re interested in, such as project manager, and optionally, an industry, such as computer software. Click See examples, and Resume Assistant shows you work experience descriptions to use as inspiration for writing your own description.

Resume Assistant pane open while working on a resume

Resume Assistant also shows top skills related to the role, as identified by LinkedIn. For ideas on how to weave pertinent skills into your descriptions, try filtering the examples by the skills you have.

Filter examples by top skills: click the drop-down

Resume Assistant surfaces open job opportunities that might interest you. Use the short descriptions for ideas on how to tailor your resume even further. When you finish editing your resume, click on these jobs to learn more or apply for the job. You don’t need a LinkedIn account to use Resume Assistant, although you can sign in to LinkedIn (or sign up for an account) when you follow a link from Word to the LinkedIn site.

Don’t see Resume Assistant?

Resume Assistant is available in Word for Office 365 on Macs and Windows computers, and in Word Online. Only a few locale and language settings are supported.

Note: Resume Assistant is available only when you’re editing a document, so the ribbon button will appear dimmed when you’ve opened a document you don’t have permission to edit, and any time you open a document as read-only.

If the Resume Assistant button appears dimmed and you’re editing the document, then LinkedIn integration may have been switched off. On a Windows computer, check File Options > General > Show LinkedIn features in my Office applications. For more information about this setting, see About LinkedIn information and features in Microsoft apps and services. On a Mac, uncheck Word > Preferences > GeneralTurn off Resume Assistant.

Additionally, your organization’s Office 365 administrator might have made Resume Assistant unavailable to you (see Enabling LinkedIn integration in Azure Active Directory for more information).

English display language is required

Resume Assistant is an English-language feature. To use it, the display language in Word must be set to English.

Tip: Learn how to set the display language in Windows or Mac. (In Word Online, the display language is part of your Microsoft Account settings, or is set for you by the administrator of your work or school account.} 

Turning off Resume Assistant

In Windows, you can turn off Resume Assistant by switching off all LinkedIn features in Office: in File > Options > General, uncheck Show LinkedIn features in my Office applications. For more information about this setting, see About LinkedIn information and features in Microsoft apps and services.

On a Mac, if you want to turn off Resume Assistant, go to Word > Preferences > General, and check Turn off Resume Assistant.

Public profiles and privacy

How does my resume get detected?

Word scans for patterns in the documents you open, to determine if the document is likely to be a resume–similar to how grammar checking works. If you consent to use Resume assistant, then pattern-matched content from your resume is used to tailor the results in the Resume Assistant pane. For example, a job title and a location name allow for tailored job results. This is used only to enhance the Resume Assistant experience; Microsoft does not collect any personal information.

Public profiles

The work experience examples in Resume Assistant are drawn from public profiles on LinkedIn, and they’re based on the roles and industries you choose, so you get ideas on how to tailor your descriptions. Remember, the descriptions are examples only. Your resume reflects you, not someone else.

Because Resume Assistant is showing you public profiles, you only see the experience and skill descriptions, not who they belong to. If you have a LinkedIn account, the information you share in your public profile is available to be shown in Resume Assistant, but you can go to your privacy settings to opt-out.

For more information about public profiles on LinkedIn, see LinkedIn Public Profile Visibility.