Should I include a career objective on my resume?

  • These usually are overly vague and don't add much. Are there circumstance when these are worthwhile?

    Definitely. Some companies will hire you not for who you are, but for who you want and are able to be :)

    Yes but those types will usually want to find out that kinda info in person. On the resume I would stick to the immediate skills for the job in question.

    A lot of the time the objective you state is at odds with the objective of the employer. Similarly, if they read it, and ask you about it separately in an interview a week later, and what you state in the interview is different, it won't seem to be an objective you're highly committed to. This creates problems you don't need.

  • kevin cline

    kevin cline Correct answer

    9 years ago


    I have read a lot of resumes, and never saw a 'career objective' that made me want to call a candidate. In short, it won't help, and may hurt. It's your job to find opportunities that match your goals.

    Plus it wastes valuable space taht can be better used to sell your strengths. Like you, I have only seen it used to elimniate people - never to make me want to call them.

    But if, as a candidate, I've misunderstood your offer, and think it might fit my objectives although it doesn't, being eliminated could be a good thing. I could use my objectives as a way to rule out positions that don't match my goals.

    The objective of a resume is to get to an interview. A career objective may not gel with what the recruiter thinks and lead your resume to the reject pile. Currently, for the positions I have, I need to cut down the applicants by 80-90% on resume screening. A career objective makes it much easier to say "no" to someone...

    An experienced hiring manager / workplace advice columnist agrees: Objectives: Leave Them Off Your Resume. Even recent graduates should avoid them

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