En Route: A Career Blog

What’s the Big Deal About an Objective??

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
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POSTED: December 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

Many times, I’ve encountered clients that insist an objective statement is necessary on their resumes.

“If I don’t use one, the hiring manager or recruiter won’t know what I want,” they often claim. Or, they state, “How else will I get the job I deserve?”

For anyone who wants a job, whether it’s the one they’ve dreamed about or a way to make a living, including an objective statement in your resume isn’t the way to get it.

Why?

An Objective Statement Tells the Hiring Manager What You Want

Your dreams, your needs, your desires.

Guess what? They couldn’t care less. They don’t have the time to consider an applicant’s aspirations. They want to know – within seven seconds or less – what you can do for their company. Mainly: How are you going to make it money? How are you going to save it money?

That’s all that matters in the modern economy.

Can You Help Improve a Company’s Bottom Line?

In your resume, you need to convey that you’re the perfect candidate for the position. You do that not by having an objective statement of what you want, but by including a strong opening summary that dovetails what you know and can do to the employers’ needs.

It’s as simple as that.

Remember, when you’re competing against dozens, perhaps hundreds of other, equally qualified candidates, it’s essential that you get your message across quickly. And that message isn’t: I want this or that.

It’s – what can I do for you?