I Object to Objectives!

When we talk about building a résumé we refer to prime real estate space and how to use it effectively. The common fear is that you have so much to put on your résumé and only two pages to complete the task and yet you use up at least four lines including spaces with an objective that isn’t going to assist you with getting an interview.  Why you ask?

How much thought did you put into your objective?

Is it the same one you use for all the job postings?

Do you object to objectives?

Do you object to objectives?

Have you customized it to the current company you are applying to?

Is it even relevant to the position you are applying for?

Is it a selling feature for you?

Does it peek the employer’s interest in reading more?

Wow, and to think this is at the very top of your résumé which is the most prime real estate going in a résumé. Would this space have been put to better use? Now that I have your complete attention, let’s look at what to include in an Objective.

When writing an objective, indicate the level or type of position you are seeking and the skills you want to use in the position. It provides an opportunity for you to give some indication to describe and customize why you are the perfect candidate for the job! Ask yourself, what makes you stand out from the rest?

Otherwise I will stick with the statement that I object to objectives! Leave it off and don’t waste the space!

Melanie Graham is a Continuing Education Student currently studying with the Career Consultant Certificate Program at Mohawk College. MCACES offers a comprehensive Employment Advisement program for our students. For more information about Employment Advisement, please visit the MCACES website, www.mcaces.ca or contact Lidia Siino, Employment & Communications Specialist at Lidia.siino@mohawkcollege.ca.

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