MS and Monster to Offer Customers 'Smart' Resumes

Posted by bink on September 23 2003, 10:40 PM. Posted in Office.

Microsoft and Monster, the leading global online careersproperty and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide Inc., today announced atechnology alliance designed to help job seekers build professional resumes.Through the alliance, Monster's downloadable Extensible Markup Language (XML)-enabled "smart" document templates can be seamlessly installed in Microsoft(R)Office Word 2003, enabling job seekers to upgrade the quality of their resume.The templates will be available via the Microsoft Office Online Web site,which is visited by nearly 25 million unique visitors per month.

The Microsoft-Monster alliance is designed to help job seekers create and submit professional-quality resumes easily using industry-standard XML. The resume templates, created in Word 2003, give job seekers the opportunity to build their resumes in a familiar format while incorporating expert resume advice from Monster, the leading provider of comprehensive career management products and services.

The advanced technology of Microsoft and Monster also allows job seekers to save their resume in Microsoft Word and promptly post it on the Monster Web site, making it readily viewable to thousands of leading employers nationwide.The use of XML enables the delivery of ready-to-use data to the Monster site, so that resumes can be instantly posted to an individual's My Monster account. Any Microsoft Office Word 2003 customer with an Internet connection will haveaccess to the Monster resume templates.

The combination of Monster resume templates and XML-enabled Microsoft Word is a natural fit that will offer great benefits to people who want to create an effective, professional resume," said Brian Farrey, president of Monster Technologies. "We are very excited about this relationship, which will provide quality Monster resume templates to the extensive Microsoft OfficeOnline audience. The alliance is also further confirmation of Monster's leadership position in providing job seekers the best technological tools and services by being the first career site to partner with Microsoft with this innovative integrated tool."

The resume templates will be available at early next year.