Write your best resume in Word with help from LinkedIn in Resume Assistant

Your resume is your opportunity to shine a spotlight on your skills and expertise, so that hiring managers will recognize you as the person they're looking for. Still, writing your resume presents a challenge: how to showcase your accomplishments in just a few words? Resume Assistant in Word helps get your creative juices flowing by showing you examples of how real people -- professionals in the fields you're interested in -- describe their work experience and skills.

Office 365 Subscriber

This feature is only available to Office 365 subscribers who have joined the Office Insider program. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, make sure you have the latest version of Office. If you're an Office Insider and you don't see Resume Assistant, it's likely the rollout has not reached you yet, as we are staging it gradually, and only within the "Fast" level of Insiders for now. There are other factors that affect availability; jump down to Not seeing Resume Assistant? for details.

Starting Resume Assistant

Open Resume Assistant by going 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 you can use as inspiration for writing your own description.

Resume Assistant pane open while working on a resume

In addition to the examples of work experience, Resume Assistant shows you 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 also 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, you can 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.

Note: In certain English-language locales, when you start a new resume based on one of Word's resume templates, Resume Assistant opens automatically. Also, if Word detects that you're working on a resume, it opens Resume Assistant for you.

Public profiles and privacy

The work experience examples 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 opt out in your privacy settings.

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

Not seeing Resume Assistant?

This feature is only available to Office 365 subscribers who have joined the Office Insider program. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, make sure you have the latest version of Office. If you're an Office Insider and you don't see Resume Assistant, it's likely the rollout has not reached you yet, as we are staging it gradually, and only within the "Fast" level of Insiders for now.

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 you don't see Resume Assistant on the Review tab at all, it may be that you're not using Word 2016 in Windows, or you're not an Office 365 subscriber. Or, it may be that your locale and language settings don't support the feature.

If the Resume Assistant button appears dimmed and you're editing the document, then LinkedIn integration has been switched off. Switch it on by going to File > Options, and on the General tab select the Show LinkedIn features in my Office applications check box. For more information about this setting, see About LinkedIn information and features in Microsoft apps and services.

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 available only when the display language of Word is set to English, and when your Windows region is set to one of the following home locations (location settings are under Region in Windows Control Panel).

  • Australia *

  • Brazil

  • Canada *

  • China

  • France

  • Germany

  • India *

  • Ireland *

  • Japan

  • New Zealand

  • Singapore

  • South Africa *

  • Spain

  • United Kingdom *

  • United States *

* In these locales, Word opens the Resume Assistant when it detects that you are working on a resume.

For information about how to set the display language in Word, see Add a language or set language preferences in Office 2010 and later

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