An objective is often one of the first things listed on a resume. It sometimes appears before crucial information such as recent jobs, technical skills, and educational background. But why?
Is your resume objective really telling the hiring manager anything substantial? Will the hiring manager even read it?
The answer to all of these questions is “probably not”. A hiring manager will likely skip your resume objective if it comes before the essential resume components that they truly look for, such as work history and technical skills.
Including a resume objective could even be harmful if you place it above the most important information.
That’s right, a career objective on your resume could actually be killing your job search! Even if your resume objective is read by a hiring manager, it isn’t going to get you hired or interviewed.
If you insist on standing out and expressing your unique interest in a certain position, that’s what a cover letter is for.
The purpose of a resume is to show your experience and qualifications that are relevant to the job you’re applying for.
If a job requires a certain level of education, you can list your educational background at the top of the resume. You could then dive into your chronological work history, which is the first thing hiring managers really look for and often what they base their decision on.
If education isn’t as important in your field, list it later (the very end of your resume is a great place to put it). You could then start right away with your chronological work history or you can write a brief career summary before starting your work history section.
Here’s a very basic/short career summary example, to illustrate what I have in mind. You could go into a bit more detail than this on your resume:
Notice how this career summary has no meaningless filler-content, unlike most of the career objectives that I see on resumes. Here’s an example of what I usually see listed as an objective:
This kind of nonsense is literally a speed bump in the hiring manager’s road toward your important credentials and experience. If you’re applying for a job and submitting a resume, I’m guessing the hiring manager can figure out that you’d like to be offered a position.
So let’s recap here…
Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions/concerns.