Should you change this LinkedIn privacy setting since Microsoft Word is accessing your work experience?

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Now a Microsoft division, #LinkedIn has rolled out silent changes and you may not have seen this latest one.

The Real Deal

This is a heads-up about access by Microsoft to your work experience from your LinkedIn personal profile. “Allow Microsoft Word to display work experience descriptions from your profile to users of Resume Assistant” is the new feature, available to Microsoft 365 users, outside the LinkedIn platform.

LinkedIn has automatically added your personal experience to Resume Assistant. You will find your LinkedIn dashboard by clicking “Me” on your top black menu bar, then choosing “Settings & Privacy” to control your preferences.

How to find this setting?

You’ll see it located in Privacy | How others view your LinkedIn activity, as shown below.

Are you okay with this method to download your experience for use by Resume Assistant?

If not, you’ll need to modify your privacy settings and change the permission to “No.”

If you’re okay with this setting, no action is required on your part.

What’s your take on Microsoft’s silent roll-outs? Please share what you think in a comment, ok?

Visit for more details. D.B. Wienke is a keynote LinkedIn speaker, LinkedIn coach, LinkedIn workshop presenter, LinkedIn profile optimizer and LinkedIn content creator. Her career spans twenty-five years of award-winning work in leadership roles with News Corporation, PNC Bank, and Martin Health System among others. #LinkedInClub

Ms. Wienke earned her MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management with a dual concentration in Management Strategy and Marketing. Her Bachelor of Arts in Economic and French was earned at Denison University.

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