What’s Your Objective?
I’ve received numerous resumes where the first section after their contact information is the objective. I hate this section. I don’t think it serves any purpose, nor do I believe it should be on a resume. In fact, I never read the objective section—I just skip right over it to the more pertinent information. I know, back in the day, we were told to format our resumes with a clear objective, but it’s time to update. NO MORE OBJECTIVES!
Stating the Obvious Usually, the objectives state what type of position the candidate is applying for or their ultimate goal in a career choice. If the candidate sent me a resume for a specific position (or even a general opening), it’s obvious that they are applying for a position in a specific industry. There’s no need to be redundant.
Speed Dating I’m not sure why the resume was ever formatted with an objective. Unless you’re going to a speed dating type of convention for employers, then your resume should be formatted specifically for the position you’re applying for, and then revised for any other industry position.
No longer is it acceptable to use the same resume for each application. It is good to have a general resume on hand, but when applying for a specific position, you’ll want to tailor that resume to highlight your experience that applies to that industry.
Take it Off! Please. Just take it off your resume. It no longer serves a purpose in today’s job market. I’m almost positive that you aren’t going to give your resume to a company that you wouldn’t consider working for – that would be a waste of time.
Once removed, fill that extra space with important information about your experience, qualifications, education, and other skills or recognitions.
…Okay. I’ve said what I needed to say. I’ve offered my opinion. I hope you join me by stepping into the modern day resume building!