May 22, 2013
One of the most prevalent and misguided advice we see every day at Crafted Resume is the insistence on including a resume objective. If you look at sample resumes across the internet, a large majority have an objective. We believe that using an objective is not only outdated, but it can hurt your chances at getting a job.
Here are three distinct reasons why adding a resume objective can be a big mistake.
Resumes Need Substance, Not Fluff
A resume objective does not offer substance; it is merely a statement about what you want. Employers these days want to know about your accomplishments and how you are going to benefit them as a potential hire. The resume objective is a relic of a previous era when job switching wasn’t as widespread and employers were expecting you to make a career out of your move to their company. These days, employers understand that you may not work at their company forever—they’d rather know what you can do for them in the next year or two to benefit them. Therefore, you can ditch the resume objective and focus on your achievements.
Resume Objectives Increase Difficulty of Applying to Many Jobs
In most people’s job search, they usually have a three tiers of jobs they apply to: 1. Dream job. 2. Lateral job similar to current position. 3. “Safety” job possibly unrelated to current field. In the process of applying to jobs, you may be sending out your resume to 100 employers. However, your career objective may not match each and every one of these employers and it’s going to be a huge pain to change the objective for every job you apply to. We aren’t averse to adapting your resume for each type of employer you are sending your resume to. However, we would rather leave less room for mistakes and eliminating a resume objective is one way to do so. So do yourself a favor: scratch the resume objective and put in another line or two of substantive accomplishments under your work history.
Take An Example From The Experts
Top business and law schools have some of the best candidates in the world. At most of these schools, they have standardized resume formats to help employers read through large resume books and find the right hire for their firm or company. So what is consistent about the resumes created by the top schools in the country? None of them have resume objectives. Since these schools are consistently at the vanguard of the job market, you should take it as an example that objectives no longer have an impact with employers.
Sometimes a vintage look is good, but on your resume it is something to be avoided altogether. So try not to look like grandpa and instead jump into the 21st century of resume best practices. You’ll certainly increase your chances of landing that dream job.
Harrison Smith is co-founder of Crafted Resume. He is passionate about helping others with their job search and offers expert resume advice for those in need. Visit Crafted Resume’s website at www.crafted-resume.com.