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3 Reasons to Ditch That Resume Objective (and what to replace it with)

I remember when I used to think having ďto obtain a position that utilizes my education and previous work experience while providing opportunities for growth and advancement ÖĒ on my resume was cool. Not just cool but what I was supposed to put on my resume. That was ten years ago Ö at least Ö so if youíre still using this outdated statement or something similar, let me provide you with three good reason to stop now.

Itís outdated. Enough said. If it wasnít working ten years ago, then it sure isnít going to work in this job market.
Itís generic. If everyone else can use it too, then you sure arenít going to stand out from the crowd, are you?
Itís boring. Your resume needs to grab the hiring managerís attention from the beginning, and all this statement will do is bore him to death.

Okay, so now that you know why you shouldnít have a resume objective, what do you replace it with? Here are three key elements to include on your resume instead of that dated objective statement.

A job target/title. Put this at the very top and use the title of job you want or are applying for. It shows exactly what youíre applying for and presumably that youíre qualified (you shouldnít be applying for it if youíre not, but thatís a whole other article).
A personal branding statement. A great one-liner that will go underneath your job target title and speaks quickly and succinctly to who you are and what you bring to the table.
A very specific and accomplishment-focused career summary. Create a 3- to 5-sentence paragraph at the top of your resume that is specific but summarizes your most noteworthy achievements as relevant to the position for which you are applying. Donít use blanket statements. As a general rule of thumb, if it can be said about a lot of people, itís not specific enough to you.

Keep these pointers in mind when pulling together your next resume. Also, remember to customize each resume as you apply for different positions. For more information on how to target your resume to specific jobs, read my latest article: 5 Key Areas to Target When Branding Your Resume.

For additional job search and resume-related advice, follow us on Twitter @GreatResume.

Posted on Monday, Apr 16, 2012 2012 07:35:43 by jhernandez

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