A common question job seekers have is whether to include an objective statement on a resume. An objective statement was standard on resumes for years but has been discouraged lately, and for good reason. We’ll show you why you should never use an objective statement on a resume and what to put in its place.
No, you should never include an objective statement on a resume. A resume objective is outdated, boring and fails to tell the hiring manager anything of importance.
Here are some reasons you shouldn’t put an objective statement on a resume:
A resume objective provides very little value as it basically tells the employer what your career goals are. The issue is that most hiring managers could care less, they’re interested in what benefits the company.
Here is an example of an objective statement:
Honestly, who cares? Everybody wants a rewarding career and you need to tell the hiring manager how you’ll benefit the company based on your previous accomplishments, education and skills.
An objective statement is just too stale and boring to really capture the attention of a hiring manager. The beginning of your resume is super important and you need to capture their attention early which an objective statement fails to do.
Starting your resume off with an objective statement will be a turn-off to most hiring managers.
The use of an objective statement was once considered standard on resumes because people would stick to one career/position for decades. The hiring manager wanted to see that you would stick around with the company for the long term. That is no longer the case as people are changing jobs faster than ever before.
Okay, now that you know why you shouldn’t include an objective statement – What should you include?
You need to include a powerful summary that captures the attention of a hiring manager. Here is an example of one from our post on how to write an awesome resume summary:
You can see for yourself that this summary would be a lot more captivating and effective than:
The objective statement is dull, boring and seen as uninspired by many hiring managers. When there are hundreds of applicants competing for a single position, you need to stand out. An objective statement fails to do that and could actually be a big reason why you’re not getting interviews.
Use a powerful summary that tells the employer a bit about who you are and why you’re qualified. The summary also allows you to take a more friendly and conversational tone where an objective doesn’t. Use quantifiable achievements and captivating language to convince the employer that you’re the perfect candidate for the position.
Good luck with your job search!