Newer versions of Word now have a feature that can help with job hunting. Even if you aren’t looking for a job, it can be a valuable tool for someone who is. Word’s Resume Assistant can give you great ideas on how to make a resume more appealing to potential employers. Resume Assistant works with LinkedIn, but you don’t need a LinkedIn account to use it.

If you’re using Office 365 and open a resume template or if the program decides that the document you’re working on is a resume, Resume Assistant will open automatically.  Or you can hit the Review tab at the top.

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Then choose Resume Assistant.

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A panel will open on the right. Choose Get started. You don’t need a LinkedIn account to use.

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Start by putting in the position you want and the field you’re looking in. If you aren’t sure what to say, you can use the drop-down menu to browse.

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Once you’ve picked a field, you can view other resumes for similar positions to get ideas.

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It will also suggest what types of skills to list on your resume.

 

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There are links to articles about crafting resumes. And even links to the actual job openings in those fields.

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It’s a really neat feature. Give it a try and let me know what you think.