Why I Encourage Hiring Managers to Read the Objective Statement — and Why You Should Continue to Write One On Your Resume  

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While researching resume writing tips/tricks and what hiring managers/HR reps are looking for in 2017, I found something interesting.

Almost all of them say you should ditch your objective statement.

Now, if you don’t know what an objective statement is, I would highly recommend brushing up on your resume.

Basically, it’s a few sentences, typically located at the top, that states why you are looking for another job.

It used to look something like this: “I would like to work in (a particular field) doing (particular job) for a (particular company).

It wasn’t much, it was more a personal touch, so the company you were applying for could feel special. If you have kept an objective on your resume and it looks anything like this, please PLEASE remove it. This is a waste of valuable space and time you have with the people reading. The company already knows you are wanting to work there, otherwise you wouldn’t be applying, and you should be personalizing your resume with keywords instead.

But, I would suggest writing a new statement.

It should look something like this: “I am a (specific-skill exp: detail-oriented) person who is looking for a place where I can obtain(value exp: work/life balance) while utilizing my (specific-skill exp: organization) skills to the highest caliber possible.

Writing an objective, like the one above, gives immense value to both the potential candidate and the manager. It immediately tells the employer what this person values most, both within themselves and in a company. It can stop the hiring of a poor fit miles before the time has been wasted on figuring it out.

For example, if the hiring company were to read my above example, but they know they require overtime for this position, they can already tell this person wouldn’t be happy with them. But let’s say that isn’t a problem for another company and they value being organized over every other skill, they know you’re a good possible candidate.

The objective statement is one of the few ways you can really tell the company you are applying with who you are and not just what you can do.

Since I know businesses are moving more towards attitude and culture vs. education and skill, they should agree and encourage the use of these brief personal statements.

As long as you’re honest in your objective (as opposed to just saying what you think they want to hear) you’ll be saving everyone a boatload of time.

Keep the objective statement. Tweak it and change it and make it true every time you apply, but keep it.

What’s your objective currently in your career search? Comment below!

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