Should you use career objectives on your resume?

October 3, 2011 – Career objectives are statements placed at the top of the resume that explain to the hiring manager what you are seeking.

For example, if you are looking for an entry-level position in accounting your objective may be “To secure position that enables me to use my accounting skills and allows for career advancement.”

Whether or not to use a career objective on a resume has most experts split down the middle. In the past, a career objective did have a place on the top of every resume but times have changed. Where resumes once read as job descriptions, now they only garner attention if they focus on accomplishments rather than duties.

Some career experts believe that applicants should use career objectives on their resume only if they are a recent graduate looking for their first professional position. This theory makes the most sense.

After gaining experience, they suggest instead using a resume profile, which focuses more on what the employer can expect if they hire you.

An example of a resume profile may be “Innovative marketing and communications professional with exceptional writing, editing, leadership and organizational skills.”

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