Don’t Use an “Objective” Statement on Your Résumé! Please!

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If there’s one suggestion that bears repeating at frequent intervals to job seekers, it is this: Avoid including an Objective statement on your résumé. Please. Few things will get a hiring manager to quickly move on to the next résumé in the pile than some poorly worded, self-serving Objective statement.

Some résumé writers and career professionals continue to suggest using Objective statements, but they are quickly recognized by hiring managers as euphemisms for “I need a job.” Forget what other authors write about creating an awe-inspiring Objectives section on your résumé—it is self-serving, states the obvious, takes up precious space on the page, and is not read by hiring managers. Your objective, as implied in your crafted cover letter, is to sell the hiring manager on how you can help that hiring manager solve problems; don’t use your résumé to talk about you and your needs.

Here are some examples of useless, ineffective Objective statements:

Objective (for an electrical engineering position): To obtain a challenging Test Engineering position with a dynamic high technology company.

Objective (for a technical writer position): A senior-level technical communications position in a company that demands quality documentation focused on customer needs.

Objective (for a criminal investigation management position): Seeking a challenging position as a Deputy Chief Investigator where I can pursue my goals and be an important asset in the organization.

These Objective statements are all self-serving (“here’s what I want”) from individuals who have employee mentalities and thus fail in those critical initial few seconds to hook the hiring manager’s interest in his or her pursuit of finding a problem solver among the masses.

Next post, we’ll take a look at what you should use to replace the Objective statement: The Professional Summary.

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