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Are Resume Objectives Necessary?

Résumé Objective Dos and Don'ts

Mind your résumé manners when building an objective to make sure you're not offending the intelligence of a potential employer. Your résumé is your first means of communication with your employer, so you don't want to give the impression that you're out to bore by including an objective that states the obvious. But that doesn't mean you have to or should forgo an objective altogether. Learn about objective dos and don'ts when you


Just as you shouldn't submit the exact same résumé to every employer, your objective shouldn't repeat itself on every résumé you send. Little rule of thumb: If your objective is so general that it can be applied to every possible position, you're better off without it. I'm talking about the generic "I'm seeking a job in [fill in the field]" objectives — the employer already knows you want a job. So how do you decide whether or not to include an objective at all?

There are a few scenarios when an objective is a good idea: When you're not submitting a traditional cover letter, when the job is in line with your career goals and you have a precise explanation of what those are, or when you are changing careers. If you can't come up with an objective statement that clearly tells an employer that you have beneficial skills and/or relevant goals, consider omitting it or swapping it for a professional summary of skills.


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geebers geebers 8 years
I never used objective and I have managed to find really great jobs that fit my career goals- I think it must depend where you apply. No one here uses them - Ive seen a few grad student resumes as well -and not one had an objective. We don't really look for that- what we care about is experience.
melizzle melizzle 8 years
I've never included an objective either. I thought that's what the cover letter was for.
lildorothyparker lildorothyparker 8 years
Another tip: don't use the objectives section to tell the interviewer that you eventually want to take over their job. For example: "Hope to achieve top-level management position in a multi-national company within 10 to 15 years." That was listed on a student's resume who was applying for a co-op position.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I've never included an objective in my resume/CV.
syako syako 8 years
Great tips savvy! I've been helping with my husband's resume and we were debating the "objective" section last night! These are helpful.
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