Late last year, Microsoft announced LinkedIn Resume Assistant, a new MS Word feature. It connects Word users to LinkedIn and shows them public profiles that belong to people like them.
What is LinkedIn Resume Assistant?
The idea with Resume Assistant is to make it easier for Microsoft Word users (i.e., everyone) to write their resumes and LinkedIn profiles.
By showing them what other people in roles like theirs say about themselves in their profiles.
LinkedIn Profile Plagiarism
Sadly, this will likely generate profile and resume copycats and make it harder for people to stand out in their marketing documents.
Of course, some of this already goes on, but Resume Assistant will make it easier for Word users to copy other people’s profiles — including yours.
This video shows you how easily a copycat could use Resume Assistant:
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You Are Opted In to 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 Devices
- Log in to your LinkedIn profile.
- Click “Me” on the right side of the top, horizontal rail.
- Then click “Settings and Privacy.”
- Then click “Privacy.”
- Find the first section, “How others see your profile and network information.”
- Scroll down and click “Microsoft Word.”
- Click the toggle to “No.”
Setting the toggle to “No” stops LinkedIn from sharing your profile with Microsoft Word users.
Here’s a quick “how to” video:
How to Opt Out of Resume Assistant from Mobile Devices
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 “Privacy.”
- Scroll 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 and every month or so.
(It’s 6/20/19 and I just noticed that ONCE AGAIN LinkedIn has switched my privacy setting to “Yes” on this topic. Grrrr.)
How to Check for Copycats
Are you curious to see if anyone has copied your profile? You can take a unique string of five or six words from your profile, place them inside quotation marks, and search for the string on Google.
If you find that someone has lifted part or all of your profile, send them a polite note asking them to stop. If they don’t, then report them to LinkedIn.
Let’s Connect on LinkedIn
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Updated June 2019
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