Do you really need an objective statement?

Contrary to what many job seekers may think, Objective Statements are rarely needed in a resume. We recommend them primarily for career changers when the relevance of the candidate’s experience to the targeted job may not be immediately clear. In this case you’d use a resume objective to state how your skills and experience are transferrable to a new position or industry. Otherwise, we recommend a Summary Statement.


A Summary Statement is typically a 3-5 sentence paragraph highlighting the best of what you offer an employer. 

Sentence 1 (Who You Are):
Overview statement including years of experience and industry.

Sentence 2-3 (What You Can Achieve):
Results you can accomplish for an organization.

Sentence 4-5 (How You Can Achieve It):
Your unique skill sets and/or areas of expertise. 

Make sure that you edit the summary for clarity, as more isn't always better. A summary statement is a chance to make your resume stand out right from the top, so make every word count!

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