People says to me “I don’t believe in Objectives, or Summaries, on resumes.” I don’t get it. If you have a chance to let people know, right up front, what you’re about and what you’re looking for in a job, why wouldn’t you take it? To me, it doesn’t matter whether you use an Objective or a Summary. Either way, you’re going to write a concise, pithy sentence that tells prospective employers why you rock and what sorts of jobs would interest you. How could that be a bad thing?
The problem with most Objective statements is that they’re bland and boring. What if we take this, standard Objective:
Objective: to secure a challenging Project Manager position in a company that values teamwork and excellent communication skills
and make it
Objective: to manage critical development projects in the wireless industry
Now, that second Objective is stronger, and it’s more specific. But it limits you to just the wireless industry. Well, so what? Word processing is essentially free. You can do a new Objective statement – in fact a slightly different version of your resume – for every industry that interests you. For that matter, your resume can and should change slightly for every job you apply for. No kidding.