Resumania™: Sum it Up and Skip the Objective Statement

By Robert Half February 3, 2014 at 8:00am

There’s no rule that you have to include an objective statement in your resume. In fact, it’s far better to write a professional summary. Leading off with a carefully crafted, targeted overview of your most impressive and relevant qualifications is far more likely to attract a hiring manager’s attention.

Put simply, the objective statement is fading into obsolescence. Hiring managers today often skip right over the objective statement because they’ve read so many hollow and generic ones. Seriously, what does, “To obtain a position with an industry-leading company where I have an opportunity to utilize my skills” really tell an employer anyway? Not much.

These job seekers should have scrubbed the self-focused statements:

“OBJECTIVE: My position will have pleasant surroundings, a reasonable salary, low pressure, not require me to bring work home and good benefits.”

Isn’t that everyone’s ideal?

“OBJECTIVE: My dream job would be as a professional baseball player, but since I can’t do that, I'll settle on being an accountant.”

Your enthusiasm is overwhelming.

“OBJECTIVE: I would like to work for a company that is very lax when it comes to tardiness.”

We’ll get back to you later.

“OBJECTIVE: Interested in any job where I can float.”

In today’s business world, it’s either sink or swim.

“OBJECTIVE: A position as one of the people who secretly controls the world from behind the scenes.”

We’ll let you know if that job opens up.

“OBJECTIVE: Every job available!”

We imagine that would be extremely tiring.

“OBJECTIVE: My objective is to get married and have three kids. Oh, wait, you want my career objective.”

Yes, that is correct.

Have you seen any good resume or cover letter goofs? Send examples to [email protected].

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