It’s too easy. Typing your professional experience, skills, and education completing the picture of your career. What could possibly be left?
There is often debate over the subject of Resume Objectives. In this heading, writers will list their objective from a career perspective to share with a potential employer.
The debate over the elusive Resume Objective comes from it’s necessity. In today’s job market, is your specific objective relevant and worth the Resume Real Estate it takes up?
What is Resume Real Estate (RRE)?
Most are 8.5 x 11 inches. Your resume is a finite amount of white space to fill with text explaining who you are. Considering this space will help to focus what is most important on the page and convey a stronger and more clear message to the reader.
Most “Resume Objective” sections are at the top of the resume. Directly after the name heading, this assumption gives their weight more so than the content to follow. Unfortunately, the flabby nature of their content leaves much to be desired.
All too often Resume Objectives read more like a self-help slogan for bad airport novels. Even thoughtful, hard hitting items can feel dated and unnecessary.
Are you stuck on writing a “Resume Objective” on your resume?
Here are 5 reasons NOT to include this on your resume:
1. Resume Objectives lack relevance
Who cares what your objective is; you’re apply to my company.
2. They use up valuable Resume Real Estate
Prime sections of your resume are at the top. Don’t let this be the place to include subjective fluff.
3. They aren’t as universal as they once were
Times have changed and so has the job market. The “Resume Objective” is no longer as needed.
4. They don’t add value
Never once have I read someone’s objective and thought, “I think this person is perfect for the job, based on that.”. Resume Objectives do not contribute to your candidacy.
5. You can lose out on a job
Write it improperly and someone may rule you out of consideration for a job. Would you accept an individual contributor role but your objective says to grow your career in management? You could inadvertently impact your chances for getting an interview or even a phone call.
So, you big know it all, what the hell are we supposed to write instead off a Resume Objective? You’ve spouted off about how terrible they are, what are we supposed to include instead?
Excellent question – a few thoughts on this.
Use your Resume Real Estate in the most impact way, specific to your industry and role.
Expanding on this a bit further, let’s look at a Software Engineer for example. Two items that are critical to a Software Engineer’s candidacy will include education and technical skills (language, platform, OS, etc.).
For a Software Engineer, I would recommend including these 2 items, in an aesthetically pleasing way at the top of the page, just below your name and contact info.
For someone in Sales, technical skills including programming language may not be as important. In fact, it’s likely not important at all. What might be more relevant are training classes specific to Sales and Education.
Caveat on Education: If you don’t have a Bachelor’s degree or better, I would not include it on your resume. Unless your Bachelor’s degree or better is in process – for example, Bachelor’s of Science, expected 2021.
3 Resume Objective Tips:
Focus on the why.
Less is more.
Connect with your reader with strategic language..
The debate will rage on endlessly between those who don’t believe and those who do. My hope is, armed with this information, you can better assess the need for a Resume Objective on your resume. Whatever the outcome, it will likely be the right one.