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If you’ve been perusing resume examples, you might have noticed that some include a resume objective statement and others don’t. So what is a resume objective, and, should you use an objective statement on your resume?

A resume objective is a statement that says what you want—what specific position, or what professional goals you’re trying to achieve. My advice on writing a resume objective? Don’t do it. There are better ways to create an effective resume, so do not waste your time writing an objective statement—at least don’t do it the way it’s poorly done so often.

The Top Of Your Resume Is Prime Real Estate - Use It Well

I get the idea behind a resume objective statement; I really do. You want the employer to know what your job search goals and career goals are. But the problem with objective statements is the way they’re written. I’ve never seen an objective on a resume that was not broad and unclear. They’re basically a waste of crucial real estate on your resume. In the spot where a resume objective usually goes, you could be using strong keywords to describe your qualifications and value to a potential employer rather than telling them what you want from them.

There are better ways to let an employer know what position or type of employment you’re seeking—make it clear in your cover letter, for example. Or put it towards the bottom of your resume rather than at the top where you need to put the most important information about your relevant accomplishments and skill set that will impress the person making hiring decisions.

Below, I’m going to list a few poorly written resume objective examples. I think you’ll agree they really don’t tell the employer much about the candidate and do absolutely NOTHING for setting the person apart from anyone else applying for a job. Instead, these resume objective examples are self-focused, vague, and boring. And these aren’t exaggerations from career objective statements I often see on resumes.

So here they are, bad sample resume objectives:

Bad Objective Statement Number 1:
To secure a challenging position with a well-established organization with a stable environment that will lead to a lasting relationship in the field of finance.

Bad Objective Statement Number 2:
Seeking a position that will enable me to use my strong organizational skills, extensive work experience, educational background, communication skills, and ability to work well with people.

Bad Objective Statement Number 3:
To obtain a position within an organization that provides the opportunity to use my education and experience to promote the company and myself.

During my human resources career, and now, as a professional resume writer, you would be surprised how many resumes I have seen that include these exact statements or something extremely similar. The problem with statements like these (even if you’re seeking an entry-level position) is that they’re generic, vague, overused, and they talk about what you want—not what you’re capable of offering a prospective employer.

Employers Don't Care What You Want (At least not initially)

In today’s job market, employers don’t want to hear about what you want (not at first, anyway). They don’t care what your career objective is—they care how your qualifications can help them. Your resume—especially the first third of it—should not be focused on what you’re hoping to gain from an employer. Instead, when you write a resume you should be focused on marketing what you can offer the employer. Sure, your career objective may be helpful to this prospective employer, but don’t ever frame it as “I want this job because it’s good for my career.” When you’re writing a resume, frame it in such a way that you are telling them why you are good for their company.

If your resume has an objective statement—or even an ambiguous career summary—I suggest you take some time to really think about your personal brand, what sets you apart as a candidate, and what value you offer as a professional. Then rewrite this introductory profile so that it is a career summary statement that speaks to who you are, and no one else. Rather than writing an objective statement, write a branding statement that sets you apart from other candidates for the job and gets the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager.

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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast

Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.

What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.

You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!

I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!


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