Should I Include my Career Objective on my Resume?
Objective statements on resumes have fallen out of favor…
- Many employers and recruiters claim they don’t even read them. That’s because most objective statements are badly written, self-serving, too vague, and not designed to do what they’re supposed to do, which is to sharpen a resume’s focus.
What replaces the career/job objective on your resume? You have several options…
How to sharpen the focus of your resume in the absence of an objective statement:
- Use a branding statement or headline or both atop your resume.
- Add a profile/qualifications summary with keywords relevant to the job you seek. See our Resume Professional Profile/Qualifications Summary Worksheet.
- Add a keyword section relevant to the job you seek. See our Resume Keywords Worksheet.
- Beef up portrayal of accomplishments and transferable skills. Be sure to spotlight skills that apply to what you want to do next. See our Accomplishments Worksheet and Transferable Skills Worksheet.
- Use our Cover Letter and Resume Customization Worksheet to help you sharpen your focus.
- For college students and new grads: Consider adding class projects in your major (or other classes) that are applicable to what you want to do upon graduation. See our College Experience Worksheet for Resume Development.
- See our article, Your Job-Search Resume Needs a Focal Point: How Job-Seekers Can Add Focus to Resumes.
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