Writing a Resume: Should I have an Objective?

Writing a Resume: Should I have an Objective?

I would say that more than 90% of my client’s old resumes start with an Objective. They often ask, “Should I have an Objective in my new resume?” The simple answer is “No”, and here is why.


Resumes are personal advertisements where you are trying to sell yourself to an employer in order to get an interview. So imagine that you are a salesperson and you approach a perspective customer for the first time by saying, “I want you to buy from me so I can get a large commission check and win a sales club trip to Hawaii”. Doesn’t make much sense does it?

The same thing is true about an Objective – it tells what you want. Perspective employers don’t care about what you want. They want to know what you offer. So start your resume with a Profile or Summary statement of who you are and what you bring to the table. And remember this statistic: 100% of the people who pick up your resume will read the Profile but less than 50% continue reading. Your job is to write a compelling Profile that will make them want to know more. More on how to write a great opening statement later.

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