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2020 Resume Guide #4: Summary (AKA Objective)

Most of us were told to include an objective at the top of our resume. Back in the day, it seemed to make sense - how else would a company know why you have shared your resume with them?

I remember tailoring my objectives over and over, thinking they would make a difference but really it was just a burden. This annoying procedure stunted my creativity and turned my objectives into unspecific, obvious, and overgeneralized statements.

Well, it turns out that hiring managers may share the same feelings regarding these vague objectives.

New research suggests retiring that written elevator-pitch since resume objectives and summaries do NOT work in your favor (unless you’re a recent grad). In fact, you are about 30% less likely to be called for an interview if you applied with an objective or summary, according to TalentWorks.

Omitting the objective is much safer than including it, especially in non-technical career paths. On the other hand, if there is a role that desires your unique skills or experience then it may benefit you to highlight these areas at the beginning of your resume versus at the bottom.

View more information and other research findings here -

View original LinkedIn article here -

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