Your resume is a BIG deal. It is the foot-in-the-door to your future. When you put in your resume somewhere, you are basically saying “Hey, I am looking for work, you’re offering a position I can do, and here’s why I think you should pay me to do this job”. So, ya, your resume is a big deal.
How do you put together a resume that gets you noticed and has the potential to get more interviews? In the next few blog posts, I’m going to give you some insider tips on how to present each section of your resume and better your chances for getting a call from potential employers.
Today we’re going to look at the objective. An objective is a really important part of a resume, otherwise it wouldn’t be included. There’s not a lot of room to add extras, so the fact that it has its own section says something. Right now, I’m seeing a trend of omitting the objective and replacing it with a bio or summary. Do you remember back in the 80’s when it was cool to wear two different pairs of socks with Keds? Or clear Pepsi? There’s a reason why trends don’t last: they’re not a good idea. The same goes for a bio on a resume.
With few exceptions, a bio or summary is completely unnecessary in a resume. The idea is to combine the cover letter and the resume together, but they are two totally separate things and should be treated as such. To be completely honest here, when I was a recruiter, if I had to read a paragraph from the applicant, I didn’t. The resume ended up on the bottom of the pile and other people that didn’t expect me to take an hour to read their resume got considered.
Here are some pointers to remember when putting together your objective:
– Do NOT be overly wordy or too creative. Recruiters are looking for keywords and only skimming your resume (more to come on that in a future webinar or teleconference). The rule of thumb here is ONE SENTENCE. That’s it. The employer is already understaffed and the recruiter is overwhelmed with all of the resumes received. When you make it short and sweet, it’s appreciated. Include what position you’re applying for and the company.
Objective: To obtain a position as a Supervisor with ABC company.
If you’re not one to be so direct, here is a variation to this approach:
Objective: To utilize my leadership, coaching, and technical skills as a Supervisor with ABC Company.
If you’re changing careers, explain (1) where you’re coming from, (2) where you’re going and (3) why. Here’s an example of a career changer’s objective:
Objective: To transfer my skills as a medical doctor to a receptionist position with ABC company for a better quality of life.
This is an extreme career change, but you get the point.
You can also create a generic objective, but I would only suggest using that on social media platforms such as LinkedIn or to upload onto job searching sites for employers to find. For this, be vague but also state what you’re looking for:
Objective: Seeking a position in Human Resources.
In short, selling yourself as an energetic, self-starter seeking a position to spread sunshine to clients as a Customer Service Rep in your objective will not get you closer to a job. Keep it short and to the point and you’ll have better odds at getting an interview. What are some other points you’ve found helpful when doing your objective? Let me know below in the Comments section.