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Let’s Talk Objectives.

Now trending in resumes: objective statements.

These brief statements at the top of a resume are intended to summarize, in a few sentences, what kind of job you’re looking for.

To which I ask: why don’t you put this in your cover letter?

 I’m not a fan of the objective statement for a few reasons:

  1. If you’re applying for the job I’m recruiting for, I hope that this is the type of job you’re looking for. I know this isn’t always the case—I, too, applied for a bunch of jobs I wasn’t really crazy about, simply because I needed a job. But your goal is to convince the reader that the job you applied for is the job of your dreams!
  2. Ideally you’ve already summarized the job you’re looking for in your cover letter. Oh, you didn’t write a cover letter? Well, WHY NOT?! Always write a cover letter. (But that’s one for another day).
  3. It takes up prime real estate on your resume. You only have so much space on that one-page resume of yours (it is one page, right? Right). So why waste 2-3 lines with a statement you can put on a solid cover letter?

Will I toss your resume aside because it has an objective? I won’t. But if you are writing an objective statement because you are switching industries or careers and you want to highlight that, do it in the cover letter where you can explain why you’re looking for a change. If you’re staying in the same industry or function and you are just looking to advance your career, then I’ll know that because you applied for the job. But you should still write a cover letter. 

Is Twitter a Skill?

A resume is your chance to showcase everything you can bring to a company—transferable skills from previous jobs, technical abilities, and well-rounded involvement outside the workplace all come to mind as key items to highlight on your resume.

In the last few years, there’s been something else creeping its way onto more and more resumes. It’s hiding under the “Skills” section, tucked in between Microsoft Excel and Mac/PC: Twitter.

#ExcuseMe?

Yes, Twitter is now showing up as a skill on a resume. And that’s fine if the job you are applying for is in Social Media or Digital Marketing. Twitter is likely to be part of a job where you are responsible for the social media presence of a brand.

But if you’re applying for a sales role, or finance, or anything where your tweets from the workplace will consist of no more than “Awesome new lunch place next to the office! #KobeyakiRocks,” do everyone a favor and keep Twitter off your resume.

Social media jobs require knowledge of SEO and click through rates and view/share metrics—all necessary for composing the perfectly retweetable tweet. So even if you are applying for social media roles, you’ll have to expand upon that “Twitter” item in your skills section—have you tweeted for brands, or are you just super awesome at creating hashtags and abbreviating everything into 140 characters?

The bottom line is this: unless it specifically has to do with the role you are applying for, keep anything that an employer could see as a distraction from your job off your resume.

#AreWeStillCool? 

Interesting Statistics from "Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide"

ladypreneurs:

Read this book!
Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide

Interesting Statistics

It’s Necessary for Women to Negotiate Now More Than Ever Before

  • Between May 2001 and May 2002, 39 percent of the American workforce changed jobs.
  • In 2000, 76.8 percent of women aged 25 to 54 worked outside the home.
  • The divorce rate hovers at 50 percent.
  • Union membership is down 33 percent since 1983.
  • Women’s earnings relative to men’s have stagnated at 73.2 percent.
  • The percentage of births to single mothers (out of all mothers) has risen from 10 percent in 1970 to 33 percent today.

Women Don’t Like to Negotiate

  • In surveys, 2.5 times more women than men said they feel “a great deal of apprehension” about negotiating.
  • Men initiate negotiations about four times as often as women.
  • When asked to pick metaphors for the process of negotiating, men picked “winning a ballgame” and a “wrestling match,” while women picked “going to the dentist.”
  • Women will pay as much as $1,353 to avoid negotiating the price of a car, which may help explain why 63 percent of Saturn car buyers are women.
  • Women are more pessimistic about the how much is available when they do negotiate and so they typically ask for and get less when they do negotiate—on average, 30 percent less than men.
  • 20 percent of adult women (22 million people) say they never negotiate at all, even though they often recognize negotiation as appropriate and even necessary.

Women Suffer When They Don’t Negotiate

  • By not negotiating a first salary, an individual stands to lose more than $500,000 by age 60—and men are more than four times as likely as women to negotiate a first salary.
  • In one study, eight times as many men as women graduating with master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon negotiated their salaries. The men who negotiated were able to increase their starting salaries by an average of 7.4 percent, or about $4,000. In the same study, men’s starting salaries were about $4,000 higher than the women’s on average, suggesting that the gender gap between men and women might have been closed if more of the women had negotiated their starting salaries.
  • Another study calculated that women who consistently negotiate their salary increases earn at least $1 million more during their careers than women who don’t.
  • In 2001 in the U.S. women held only 2.5 percent of the top jobs at American companies and only 10.9 percent of the board of directors’ seats at Fortune 1000 companies.
  • Women own about 40 percent of all businesses in the U.S. but receive only 2.3 percent of the available equity capital needed for growth. Male-owned companies receive the other 97.7. percent.

Women Have Lower Expectations and Lack Knowledge of their Worth

  • Many women are so grateful to be offered a job that they accept what they are offered and don’t negotiate their salaries.
  • Women often don’t know the market value of their work: Women report salary expectations between 3 and 32 percent lower than those of men for the same jobs; men expect to earn 13 percent more than women during their first year of full-time work and 32 percent more at their career peaks.

Go buy & read this book!!
Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide

fort-knox:

An entry level job requiring 2-5 years of experience??

fort-knox:

An entry level job requiring 2-5 years of experience??

Ooh, a footballer!
I’ve noticed a lot of people put their personal interests on their resume. To which I ask: why waste the space? Use your resume to sell me your skills, use the interview to sell me your personality. 

Ooh, a footballer!

I’ve noticed a lot of people put their personal interests on their resume. To which I ask: why waste the space? Use your resume to sell me your skills, use the interview to sell me your personality.