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Should you include an objective on your resume?

Matt Glodz
Should you include an objective on your resume?

Why you can confidently get rid of your objective statement

If you do a simple Google search on the topic, you’ll find plenty of articles on how to write your resume's objective – and you’ll find lots of contradicting information.

We don’t recommend including an objective on your resume and never do so for our clients.

We believe there are much better uses for the limited space you have to work with.

It’s fine to skip your objective for the following simple reason:

The primary objective of your resume is to land you an interview.

Enough said.

When you submit your resume for a job posting, your objective is to get invited for an interview.

You’re applying because you want the job, right?

The act of your submitting your resume very clearly implies your objective.

Trying to explain yourself will inevitably sound forced and awkward.

As such, you can nix the objective and move on to crafting sections that will add greater value, showing readers why you would make a great fit for your target roles.

You're better off putting in extra effort to making sure:

There’s simply no reason to waste time or energy crafting a statement that will not differentiate you from other applicants - and that may cause recruiters to question your professional judgement.

While objectives used to be common on resumes, they’re just no longer expected.

We can assure you that skipping this section won’t detract from your candidacy in any way.


About Resume Pilots

Resume Pilots is an award-winning executive resume writing, career coaching, and outplacement firm. Our previous clients include CEOs and senior executives at the world's leading companies.

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We're a proud member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. All of our writers have studied in the Ivy League and other top-tier universities and have solid industry experience.


About the AuthorMatt Glodz


Matt Glodz is the Founder and Managing Partner of Resume Pilots and a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

After studying business communication at Cornell University, Matt worked within Fortune 500 companies, where he noted that qualified candidates were frequently denied interview opportunities due to poorly written documents.

At Resume Pilots, Matt combines his business and writing background - which includes prior work for a Chicago Tribune publication - to craft resumes that give his clients the best chance of landing interviews. He works with clients ranging from CEOs to recent graduates and has been writing resumes for over eight years.


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