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:
- 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!
- 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).
- 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.