Launched several years ago, Resume Assistant was one of the first product integrations between LinkedIn and its corporate overlord, Microsoft.
What is LinkedIn Resume Assistant?
The idea with the LinkedIn Resume Assistant feature (aka Microsoft Word Resume Assistant) is to make it easier for Microsoft 365 users to write compelling resumes and LinkedIn profiles.
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, be sure to 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 and/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 better product by adding a beneficial feature, and it makes LinkedIn a better site by improving the quality of its members’ profiles.”
LinkedIn Profile Plagiarism
However, while Resume Assistant can be a great idea generator for the stumped resume writer, it also makes it super easy for job seekers to find and copy great profiles.
Of course, some of this went on before Microsoft built the feature, but Resume Assistant almost encourages it.
This video shows you how easily a copycat using anonymous mode could use Microsoft Word Resume Assistant to find and copy your LinkedIn profile without you ever knowing about it:
You Are Opted Into LinkedIn Resume Assistant
Did that video impress you? If it did, you need to know that unless you opt out of Resume Assistant, LinkedIn can share information from your public profile with Word users anywhere.
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 LinkedIn from sharing your profile with Microsoft 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.”
Double-Check Your Opt-Out
I’ve had several reports of LinkedIn members being opted back into Resume Assistant after they opted out. Thus, it’s smart to recheck your setting a few days after you make the change.
How to Check for LinkedIn Profile Copycats
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 LinkedIn profile writer, it also makes sense to check their work on Copyscape before you go public with it.
How to Handle LinkedIn Profile Plagiarists
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 the polite request works most of the time.
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Updated February 2021
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