Starting Resume Assistant
Open Resume Assistant by going to Review > Resume Assistant (The first time you do this, click Get started in the pane).
Type the role you’re interested in, such as project manager, and optionally, an industry, such as computer software. Click See examples, and Resume Assistant shows you work experience descriptions you can use as inspiration for writing your own description.
In addition to the examples of work experience, Resume Assistant shows you top skills related to the role, as identified by LinkedIn. For ideas on how to weave pertinent skills into your descriptions, try filtering the examples by the skills you have.
Resume Assistant also surfaces open job opportunities that might interest you. Use the short descriptions for ideas on how to tailor your resume even further. When you finish editing your resume, you can click on these jobs to learn more or apply for the job.
You don’t need a LinkedIn account to use Resume Assistant, although you can sign in to LinkedIn (or sign up for an account) when you follow a link from Word to the LinkedIn site.
Tip: In certain English-language locales, when you start a new resume based on one of Word’s resume templates, Resume Assistant opens automatically. Also, if Word detects that you’re working on a resume, it opens Resume Assistant for you.
Not Finding Resume Assistant?
Resume Assistant is available only in Word 2016 for Windows, and only a few locale and language settings are supported. This feature is only available if you have an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, make sure you have the latest version of Office.
Note: Resume Assistant is available only when you’re editing a document, so the ribbon button will appear dimmed when you’ve opened a document you don’t have permission to edit, and any time you open a document as read-only.
If the Resume Assistant button appears dimmed and you’re editing the document, then LinkedIn integration has been switched off. Switch it on by going to File > Options, and on the General tab select the Show LinkedIn features in my Office applications check box. For more information about this setting, see About LinkedIn information and features in Microsoft apps and services.
Additionally, your organization’s Office 365 administrator might have made Resume Assistant unavailable to you (see Enabling LinkedIn integration in Azure Active Directory for more information).
English display language is required
Resume Assistant is available only when the display language of Word is set to English, when you are in one of the following regions, and when your Windows region is set to one of the following home locations (location settings are under Region in Windows Control Panel).
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United States
For information about how to set the display language in Word, see Add a language or set language preferences in Office 2010 and later