Resumes are one of those necessary evils that we all have to deal with. They're absolutely required when you're in the process of applying for a new job, and even when you've got a job that you like just fine, it's still a good idea to keep your resume up to date just in case you change your mind one day, or (heaven forbid) you're laid off or fired.

According to Microsoft, nearly 70% of people say they have difficulty portraying their work experience effectively, and 50% 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.

Microsoft knows the pain we feel when we've got to put together a killer resume, and they've just announced a very cool collaboration with LinkedIn to make our lives much easier: Resume Assistant, powered by LinkedIn. Currently a new feature in Microsoft Word available to Office 365 subscribers (first to those enrolled in the Office Insiders program), Resume Assistant leverages the power of LinkedIn by providing intelligent tools to help job seekers improve their resumes, right from within Word.