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Why Your Resume Should NEVER Have an Objective Statement


2/4/2013 2:52:57 PM

Why Your Resume Should NEVER Have an Objective Statement By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, Expert Resume Writer

I get the idea behind an objective statement; I really do. You want the employer to know what your job search goal is. But the problem with objective statements is the way they’re written. I’ve never seen an objective statement that was not broad and unclear. They’re basically a waste of crucial real estate on your resume. Below, I’m going to list a few examples of poorly written objective statements. I think you’ll agree they really don’t tell the employer much about the candidate and do absolutely NOTHING for setting the person apart from anyone else applying for a job.

Bad Objective Statement #1:

To secure a position with a well-established organization with a stable environment that will lead to a lasting relationship in the field of finance.

Bad Objective Statement #2:

To obtain a position that will enable me to use my strong organizational skills, educational background, and ability to work well with people.

Bad Objective Statement #3:

To obtain a position within an organization that utilizes my education and experience to promote the company and myself.

You would be surprised how many resumes I see that include these exact statements or something extremely similar. The problem with statements like these (even for entry-level job seekers) is that they’re generic, vague, overused, and they talk about what you want—not what you’re capable of offering the employer. In today’s job market, employers don’t want to hear about what you want (not at first, anyway). Your resume—especially the first third of it—should not be focused on what you’re hoping to gain from an employer. It should be focused on marketing what you can offer the employer.

If your resume has an objective statement—or even an ambiguous career summary—I suggest you take some time to really think about your personal brand, what sets you apart as a candidate, and what value you offer. Then rewrite this introductory profile so that it speaks to who you are, and no one else.

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About the Author

Jessica Hernandez, is a resume authority for the Job Talk America radio program and multi-published expert author for resume, career, and job search publications. She boasts more than ten years in human resources management and hiring for Fortune 500 companies and utilizes her extensive experience to support job seekers in their quest to move onward and upward in their careers. Find out more at Great Resumes Fast.

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