Bringing AI to job seekers with Resume Assistant in Word, powered by LinkedIn Blogs: Today’s post was written by Bryan Goode, general manager for Office 365. Blogs: Today, at LinkedIn’s headquarters in San Francisco, we announced Resume Assistant, a new feature in Microsoft Word to help Office 365 subscribers craft compelling resumes with personalized insights powered by LinkedIn. With over 80 percent of resumes updated in Word, Resume Assistant helps job seekers showcase accomplishments, be more easily discovered by recruiters, and find their ideal job. Blogs: The workplace is changing, impacting not only how people work, but also the frequency with which they change roles, introducing new challenges for job seekers. Nearly 70 percent of people say they have difficulty portraying their work experience effectively, and 50 percent struggle to tailor their resume to a specific job opportunity. Furthermore, job applications on LinkedIn have increased 40 percent year-over-year, signaling increased competition for jobs. Blogs: Leveraging the power of LinkedIn, Resume Assistant provides intelligent tools to help job seekers improve their resumes, right from within Word.

  • Leverage relevant examples—See how top people in a field represent their work experience and filter by industry and role for a personalized experience.
  • Identify top skills—Find the most prominent skills for the type of job you’re seeking so you can more easily increase your discoverability.
  • Customize a resume based on real job postings—People can see relevant job listings from LinkedIn’s 11 million open jobs and customize their resume to appeal to recruiters.
  • Get professional help—Easily connect to ProFinder, LinkedIn’s freelance platform, to get additional hands-on resume writing, interview, and career coaching.
  • Let recruiters know you’re open—Candidates can quietly let recruiters know they are open to new opportunities with Open Candidates. - Brief animation showcases Resume Assistant in Word. Blogs: Microsoft and LinkedIn are committed to empowering professionals—both in their current jobs and over the course of their career—with innovative new tools that bring together the world’s largest professional cloud with the world’s largest professional network. Look out for more updates in the coming months.

—Bryan Goode

Availability: Resume Assistant in Microsoft Word begins rolling out this week to Office 365 subscribers that are enrolled in the Office Insiders program on Windows Desktop using English display language. It will be available first in AustraliaBrazilCanadaChinaFranceGermanyIndiaIrelandJapanSingaporeSouth Africa, Spain, New ZealandUnited, Kingdom, and United States of AmericaIt will be generally available on more platforms and markets over the coming months.

Empower your team and safeguard your business with Microsoft 365 Business Blogs: Today we’re announcing general availability of new solutions purpose-built for small and medium-sized businesses with up to 300 employees. Available worldwide today, Microsoft 365 Business includes the Office 365 suite of productivity and collaboration tools, as well as device management and security tools to safeguard company information across Windows 10 PCs, mobile devices, and apps. It is an integrated solution designed to simplify IT for small and medium-sized businesses. Blogs: We’re also announcing general availability of three new business apps—Microsoft Connections, Microsoft Listings, and Microsoft Invoicing—which join Microsoft Bookings, Outlook Customer Manager, and MileIQ to create a suite of capabilities to help small businesses grow and thrive. These new apps are now available in Microsoft 365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium for customers in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. Blogs: In addition, Microsoft StaffHub, an app to help Firstline Workers manage their workday, is now included in Microsoft 365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium subscriptions.

Become a modern workplace Blogs: Today’s modern, global workplace is changing, which brings tremendous opportunities and challenges for businesses of all sizes. Businesses must meet the needs of a five-generation workforce, contend with an increasingly complex cyberthreat landscape, and innovate quickly to meet evolving customer expectations. Blogs: At the same time, small and medium-sized customers tell us they want solutions that are easy to manage and maintain. Often small business owners find technology options to be complex and costly, leading many to make do with a patchwork of services or defer investments altogether. Such approaches compromise business productivity and introduce security vulnerabilities, which may be one reason why 43 percent of all cyber-attacks last year targeted companies with fewer than 100 employees.

Safeguard your business

Microsoft 365 Business is built to deliver the productivity tools and security services businesses need in a single, simple-to-manage product. It safeguards company information, extending security across users, apps, and devices. It helps ensure PCs are up to date and secure, helping prevent security vulnerabilities that cyber-thieves often exploit. It also provides protection for company information across devices, with the ability to remove company data from lost or stolen devices. - A smart device displays the Microsoft Admin center.

Empower your people

Microsoft 365 Business delivers the productivity and collaboration tools businesses need to help their people be their most productive. It includes the suite of Office 365 productivity and collaboration apps, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as Outlook for email; SharePoint and OneDrive for sharing files with customers, co-workers, and suppliers; and Microsoft Teams for chat-based teamwork. - Two smart devices display Microsoft Teams.

Simplify your IT management

Microsoft 365 Business is designed to reduce the complexity and costs of managing technology for businesses and their IT partners. It offers simple setup and management, so business owners and their teams can put more of their time and energy toward building their businesses. From a single console, you can quickly set up new employees, configure device security policies, and manage user identity and access, as well as ensure all your people are on the most up-to-date versions of Windows 10 and Office. And the single per-user, per-month subscription streamlines costs and simplifies management. - A smart device displays the Microsoft Admin center.

Microsoft is committed to helping empower and safeguard small and medium-sized businesses across the globe. To learn more about Microsoft 365 Business, contact your Microsoft Partner or visit a Microsoft Store.

Acquire customers and nurture business growth with three new apps

Today, we are also making available three new apps to help small businesses acquire new customers, increase revenue, and accelerate billing and receivables.

  • Microsoft Connections lets businesses send professional-looking marketing emails that showcase their brand and drive sales.
  • Microsoft Listings helps businesses acquire new customers and build their brand by getting their business listed on Facebook, Google, Bing, and Yelp.
  • Microsoft Invoicing provides estimate and invoicing tools that help accelerate payment and manage cash flow.

These new business apps can be managed centrally from the Business center. They build upon three business apps from Office 365 already available:

  • Bookings simplifies the process of scheduling and managing customer appointments.
  • Outlook Customer Manager provides simple customer management for small businesses, right within Outlook.
  • MileIQ offers a smarter way to track mileage, with automatic mileage logging, easy classification as business or personal, and comprehensive reporting.

Together, these apps form a toolkit for small business owners to run and grow their businesses. You can learn more about these apps in today’s business apps from Office 365 announcement.

Give Firstline Workers the tools they need to do their best work with StaffHub

Firstline Workers make up much of the global workforce and are the heart of many small and medium-sized businesses. StaffHub is a purpose-built app to help Firstline Workers manage their workday, allowing business owners and employees to easily create and manage schedules, assign and complete tasks, and communicate with each other.

State Bank of India and state of Andhra Pradesh amongst Microsoft’s big cloud wins in India Blogs: At the Future Decoded event in Mumbai, India, Microsoft has shared that the company’s cloud and mobile technologies are driving digital transformation across large, medium, and small enterprises and across government departments in India. Blogs: During his keynote, Satya Nadella shared that State Bank of India, India’s largest bank, is now adopting Office 365 to drive communication and collaboration among its employees. The public-sector bank has over 200,000 employees. Blogs: He also announced that the state of Andhra Pradesh has now adopted Microsoft Cloud for better governance and improved citizen experience.

“At Microsoft, we aim to empower every Indian and every Indian organization to achieve more. With the transformative power of the cloud, we are enabling Indian start-ups, businesses of all sizes, and government agencies to build new digital capability, find new growth and seize the opportunities ahead.”

– Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft Blogs: These customer wins follow the cloud partnership Microsoft announced with Flipkart, India’s leading online retailer, earlier this week. State Bank of India, Flipkart, Tata Motors, and government departments across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu are some of the new partnerships announced by Microsoft to enable digital transformation.

Microsoft Bookings app released for Android Blogs: Last Summer, Microsoft announced Bookings, a new appointment booking tool for Office 365. While the Bookings app on Android has been in beta since December, today the app has officially been released out of preview, and for all to download on Android. Blogs: While you will need an Office 365 Business Premium subscription to use Microsoft Bookings, you should be aware that Bookings is an app which can help you keep track of your bookings, your staff, and your customers. With the app, you never will never miss an appointment, and you’ll have fewer no-shows. Features of the app include the following:

  • View and manage your calendar
  • Create bookings or make changes to existing ones on-the-go
  • See real-time availability of your staff members
  • Respond to customers quickly and easily
  • Quickly get directions to where your next booking is
  • Manage your customer list Blogs: If this type of app is one that you think you may need, you can download it via the link below. Once you downloaded, please do let us know what you think by dropping us a comment below!

Microsoft Bookings

Amazon said to be working on its own Office-killer productivity suite Blogs: Amazon might be building its own office suite to jump in competition with Google and Microsoft. At least, that’s what a report from Apple Insider said earlier today. Blogs: Claims have risen up that the updates to the Amazon WorkMail calendar app and WorkDocs file storage are only the tip of the iceberg. The suite supposedly in development is a bit hush-hush but further speculation suggests that it might be targeting the AWS enterprise customers primarily. Blogs: This includes the use of the AWS AppStream that includes the two apps for a fee to enterprise customers. The stated that a select few larger corporations have been told directly that these apps will be bundled into the new productivity suite to compete in the market. Blogs: It’s safe to say that for now, Google and Microsoft don’t have much to worry about. So far, the WorkMail and WorkDocs aren’t particularly much to write home about just yet and according to the report, Amazon business partners say that they aren’t even selling very well.