A reader writes:
I am well aware that you do not like resume objectives. However, I read on numerous websites and blogs that you should only include a resume objective if you are a recent graduate or changing careers. Do you agree or disagree with that statement?
With that being said, I fall into the category of recent graduate. I think its ok to use one if it’s written for that specific company and position. I customize each objective for every specific company and position that I apply to directly on their website. How does this sound for an objective? I’m going to include the actual name of the company so you know what I mean.
Research assistant position at Boston Biochem where excellent laboratory and technical skills can aid the company in its commitment to providing its customers with quality Ubiquitin Proteosome Pathway products.
Get rid of it.
What exactly does that add to your candidacy? They already know what position you’re applying for, and they already know that they (apparently) have a commitment to providing customers with quality Ubiquitin Protesome Pathway products.
So you’re basically just using up valuable resume real estate restating the obvious, and also making yourself look kind of blah in the process.
As for the advice you’ve seen saying that recent grads might benefit from including an objective: Well, first, that advice sucks. But secondly, I’m guessing that they’re saying that because recent grads generally don’t have enough of a career history to make their job search objective inherently clear. But an objective that just says that your objective is to get the position you’re applying for? Believe me, that’s already been made clear by the fact that you’re applying.
Your resume should be a concise, easily scannable account of what you’ve accomplished, organized chronologically by position, plus any particularly notable skills. That’s it. Get rid of the objective.