Resume Assistant is a product integration between LinkedIn and its corporate overlord, Microsoft.
*It was recently announced the company will sunset this Word feature by January 31, 2023.*
How Does LinkedIn Resume Assistant Work?
LinkedIn Resume Assistant simplifies resume writing for Microsoft 365 users.
By displaying language that people:
- With similar job titles
- In relevant industries
use to describe themselves in their LinkedIn profiles.
How Do I Get LinkedIn Resume Assistant?
If you’re wondering where to find Resume Assistant:
- Go to Microsoft 365.
- Open Word.
- Look for “Tell me” on the top horizontal rail.
- Type “Resume Assistant” and click on the link.
- If you open it while you have your resume open, save your file first. It crashed my test document.
How Do I Use Resume Assistant?
Once you’re in:
- Start typing your desired job title on the “Role” line.
- Choose from the provided options.
- Start typing your desired industry on the “Add industry” line.
- Choose from the provided options.
- Read the displayed examples or ask for more.
- Check out the “Top Skills” for the role shown below the examples.
As Bill Gates said to Bloomberg at the time of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn:
“I certainly think that the value of the two companies, combined, is greater than the two by themselves.”
It worked in this case. Resume Assistant makes Word a more helpful product by adding a beneficial feature. Plus, it makes LinkedIn a better site by improving the quality of its members’ profiles.
LinkedIn Profile Plagiarism
Resume Assistant can be a great idea generator for the stumped resume writer.
But it also makes it super easy for job seekers to find and copy great profiles.
Some of that went on before Microsoft built the feature. Sadly, Resume Assistant almost encourages it.
This video shows you how easy it is to find and copy a LinkedIn profile — without the owner ever knowing:
Can LinkedIn Resume Assistant Lead People to Your Profile?
Did that video impress you?
Unless you have opted out of Resume Assistant, hold on. Microsft can share your public profile with Word users everywhere.
Thus, I recommend opting out — unless you want to risk having your profile copied.
You can do so via your desktop and mobile devices:
How to Opt Out of Resume Assistant from Desktop
- Log in to your LinkedIn profile.
- Click “Me” on the right side of the top horizontal rail.
- Then, click “Settings and Privacy.”
- Next, click “Data privacy.”
- Then, click “Other applications.”
- Choose “Microsoft Word.”
- Click the toggle to “No.”
Setting the toggle to “No” stops Microsoft from sharing your profile language with Word users.
How to Opt Out of Resume Assistant from Mobile
Grab your mobile and:
- Go to your LinkedIn app.
- Load your profile.
- Click the Settings gear in the upper-right corner of your screen.
- Then, click “Data Privacy.”
- Scroll way down until you see “Microsoft Word” and click.
- Set the button to “No.”
How to Check for LinkedIn Profile Copycats
Now, are you curious to see if anyone has copied your profile?
Drop a few lines into Copyscape. It will show your profile and any others with the same language in a quick report.
Learn more here:
What About Your Resume Writer?
If you have hired a resume or profile writer, check their work on Copyscape before you go public with it. You don’t want to be embarrassed later.
How to Handle LinkedIn Profile Plagiarists
Finally, if you find someone has lifted part or all of your profile, send them a polite note asking them to stop.
If they don’t, report them to LinkedIn:
- Click the “More” button to the right of their profile photo.
- Then, click “Report.”
- Choose “Report this profile.”
I find a polite request works most of the time.
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Updated October 2022
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