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.
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:
- Your bullet points demonstrate the value you add to an organization
- You tailor your resume to the individual role you're applying for
- Your resume's layout makes it easy to read
- Your content is optimized for ATS
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.
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