Should you include a career objective on your resume? Is an employer interested in your career objective? What should you write on your resume?
The simple answer is No – you should not include an objective statement on your resume.
For starters, objective statements went out with the ‘90’s, and amount to nothing more than an “I want” statement.
The bottom-line is that an employer doesn’t really actually care what you want.
What they DO care about is their bottom-line needs, and your résumé needs to address how perfect you are for those needs.
Your message needs to be clear: “Dear Employer: You’re looking for a [imagine your next job title here], and I’m the best there is. Here is my record and evidence to prove it.”
So what should you write instead?
A brief summary statement (sometimes called an Executive Summary). Give a recruiter a 2 or 3 sentence synopsis of your experience to date, where you will add value to them, your areas of interest or expertise. Give them enough to hook them in, so they are encouraged to read on to the finer details in your resume.
Here are some examples of executive summary statements to help you in writing one for your own resume.
Editorial-minded marketer and communications strategist transforming the way brands interact with audiences through content. With over seven years of experience at consumer startups, media companies and an agency, brings a thoughtful perspective and blend of creative chops and digital data-savvy. Entrepreneurial at heart and a team player recognized for impassioned approach and colorful ideas.
High-achieving Enterprise software account manager driven to increase sales in established accounts while reaching out to prospects. Help Fortune 500 companies gain a competitive edge and increase revenue by identifying customer needs, providing recommendations and implementing technology products that solve problems and enhance capabilities.
Strategic, well-connected CEO with 15+ years’ experience in strategic transitions, corporate strategy, business development, alliance management, and finance. A results-oriented executive with a strong background in enterprise sales management, having closed and managed over $500 MM in sales just last year. Recognized for collaborative leadership style, proactive, approach, and keen ability to effectively translate complex operational concepts into tangible action plans. A proven leader with a strong executive presence, capable of blending big-picture viewpoints with tactical considerations to inspire, build trust, and achieve record growth.
Seasoned project manager with 5+ years of print project management experience and knowledge of web production obtained from positions in educational publishing and consumer packaging. Creative problem solver who has consistently completed projects on time and within budget. Employed a customer-focused approach which increased repeat business by 15% over the prior cycle. Reduced employee turnover by 35% and retained all top performing staff members.