HOT Recruitment News from LinkedIn & Microsoft

Okay, so this one is reasonably hot off the press. Hence the capitals…. sorry, I got carried away.

LinkedIn and Microsoft have finally released their first collaborative effort.

Announced on their blog yesterday, Resume Assistant is designed to integrate the power of LinkedIn right next to your Word document as you think of what to write on your CV (Resume).

It is a (presumably) clever piece of AI that scans thousands of similar LinkedIn profiles in the hope of suggesting suitable content for you to write. It will spit out the keywords and pithy phrases that the “great and good” use on their LinkedIn profiles. You can then customise them for your unique skillset and it should make it easier to tailor your applications for various roles.

Learning from the thousands of profiles on LinkedIn could make a huge difference for a job seeker who doesn’t know how to talk about themselves. To be fair, most job seekers need a bit of help in this department.

It might also highlight the sort of language that they could be using in their interviews. If you have not been in the job market for a while, then this could come in surprisingly useful.

I have written about AI slicing and dicing LinkedIn before, but this feature could be genuinely useful. It could also bring many thousands of new users to LinkedIn. No one uses LinkedIn, right….

Well, if employers then start to use this LinkedIn AI to look for candidates by searching for the right keywords, I think you will find that more people will start to be a lot more active.

What you share online is sooooo easy to analyse already.

The second bit of news that is relevant for the LI recruitment community is that Resume Assistant will seek out relevant job opportunities from LinkedIn for the person typing their resume onto Word. Now that is what I call being proactive….

For recruiters and employers posting jobs, this will mean greater reach (and an opportunity to talk to mustard-keen job seekers).

Too many people are dismissing AI at the moment.

You do it at your peril.

The job seeker who doesn’t have a suitably filled in profile with all the right junk will be ignored when the AI engine gets to work on that part of the equation.

It isn’t there yet for LinkedIn, but if they are now searching profiles for the ideal words for someone’s resume, you can be sure that they will use that very same information to find the most suitable candidates for an employer.

Nice move LinkedIn.