LinkedIn & Microsoft’s Resume Assistant: Higher Quality Candidates Faster | Phenom

Derek Herman

November 13, 2017

The early bird catches the worm.


Anyone who is serious about switching gears and looking for a job does so without telling anyone about. Instead they tweak and polish the hardcopy of their resume and get it recruiter ready.


That’s why LinkedIn and Microsoft’s partnership rolled out their latest addition to the Office 365 suite – Resume Assistant.


Resume Assistant is a machine learning side application in Word that helps the resume writer fine-tune their skills and experience. It scours similar LinkedIn profiles and delivers recommended descriptions and relevant articles for inspiration.


LinkedIn and Microsoft's Resume Assistant application in Word helps recruiters and candidates make better hires
Source: LinkedIn Blog


But what really makes Resume Assistant shine is that as the job seeker scrolls through the tidbits of motivation, they’ll also be prompted with relevant open roles that once clicked, takes them directly to the job description on LinkedIn.


Resume Assistant takes candidates directly to job openings on LinkedIn
Source: LinkedIn Blog


Applying earlier to a job makes the candidate more susceptible to landing that role. Over a quarter of all employees were candidates who applied to the role within the first two days of the job posting.


So when can you get your hands on it? The first installments have already been released to internal Microsoft employees but the initial launch to the public will be made in the coming months.


How Resume Assistant Eliminates Recruiters’ Pet Peeves


  1. Recruiters live and breathe on LinkedIn, prospecting their next hires. Many times, they get a resume from an applicant where some details don’t match with their profiles; dates don’t align, job titles, even company names. These cause red flags. Continuity and consistency is valued by more than just those in the movie-making industry.

    This LinkedIn integration should (keyword should) ensure that applying for a job through the application will ensure a matching of profile and resume.


  1. Spelling errors in an email or article easily turn people off to whatever is being said. When recruiters see it on a resume, candidates pay the price when that resume is thrown out. And rightfully so. If they can’t pay attention to detail on one page that helps them get a job, what else will they skimp out on?

    Spelling mistakes do happen, but now with Resume Assistant directly next to the document, suggested buzzwords and descriptions are automatically provided onscreen decreasing the chances for errors.


  1. When vetting out candidates for a Director of Sales level role, seeing applicants with entry level experience of a few months of lead generation under their belts is a waste of time and energy for both the recruiter and candidate.

    This is where the beauty of machine learning comes into play. Resume Assistant will acknowledge the responsibilities of previous roles and how long that candidate was in those positions. If an open role requires 7+ years of relevant experience but the job seeker has 5 months, that position won’t be sponsored.


LinkedIn is one of the most powerful job boards available, so if you have a candidate who is just starting their search and uses Resume Assistant, you can take solace knowing you’ll be getting some of the highest quality applicants.

Derek Herman

Derek leads the Marketing Communications initiatives at Phenom People. He engages with Phenom customers to spotlight their stories in the media.