The Human Resources department is always coming up with new ways to shortlist and recruit new staff to an organization; emphasizing the need for every applicant to be more creative. How do you know what to add to your resume and what not to add? It is one of the most difficult things to do these days—updating your resume and adding the basic information the HR department wants. Good news is that LinkedIn’s Resume Assistant that was launched by the professional social networking group last year has now been extended to Office 365 subscribers on Windows.
Landing your dream job is just a step away if you are able to put up a great resume. It involves adding what should be and getting rid of those things that shouldn’t have been in the first place. According to LinkedIn, the Resume Assistant will help you get “inspiration and resources to craft a compelling resume directly within Microsoft Word.” Along with this comes the opportunity to see relevant jobs on LinkedIn that are personalized to you.
In a survey recently conducted among US professionals, per LinkedIn, about 70 percent indicated that the most challenging part of putting together a resume is not having an idea if how to portray themselves in the most effective way. While more than 50 percent reported that customizing their resume for a specific role was a major hurdle to achieving their goal.
With LinkedIn’s Resume Assistant, you should be able to overcome some of those challenges usually associated with writing an effective resume. Do you really have any other option? The fact that over 15 million job applications are being submitted on LinkedIn daily, makes it very important to get things right.
Here are a few things you need to know about the Resume Assistant:
- Resume Assistant gathers insights from millions of LinkedIn profiles to inspire you with examples of how others in similar roles – or aspirational roles – describe their work experience, directly within Microsoft Word.
- Resume Assistant provides the top skills other professionals in your desired role and industry have, as well as job requirements from real job postings.
- You can access the ProFinder [LinkedIn’s freelance hiring marketplace] feature now within the Resume Assistant to connect with experts who can help you with interview techniques, career coaching, and resume writing.
- Resume Assistant will surface relevant job opportunities for you directly within Microsoft Word.
Still on inspiration, last year LinkedIn rolled out a free service to connect you with a mentor. The service is aimed at identifying potential mentors and connecting you with them.
Last year, a Twitter user by the name Matt Navarra spotted a feature that was being tested by LinkedIn that offered to share an employee’s data with his employer. According to LinkedIn, the offer is only available for a select few companies who will have access to their employees’ online sharing behavior.